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Residential accessory structures, including non-habitable storage sheds, workshops, gazebos, cabanas, and similar non-habitable structures, greater than 120 square feet require a permit.
A structure may be exempt from building permit requirements if the structure does not exceed a floor area of 120 square feet. Even though a permit may not be required, all structures must meet Municipal Code Planning and Zoning requirements for use, placement on the parcel, and design. Any electrical, mechanical, or plumbing work associated with accessory structures also requires a permit (whether it is 120 square feet or not).
According to the local Zoning Ordinance, fences located within residential districts may be permitted if they meet the minimum setbacks. For example, on corner lots, fences are restricted to thirty-inches nearest the radius of the street corner. To verify fence height requirements on your property, contact a Planning Department staff member at (510) 494-4455 or email them. Once the height requirements have been established and a permit is determined necessary, contact a Development Assistant at (510) 494-4460 for plan requirements. There is a sample plan of the fence requirements within the DSC. A copy can be faxed at your request.
Inspections for new fences generally take place in two stages. The first stage of inspection is conducted after all the postholes are drilled and cleaned. The second stage, the final inspection, is conducted after the entire fence is completed. The owner or the contractor must request the inspections through our automated inspection request system; instructions for inspection requests will be discussed at the time of permit issuance.
Depending on the size of the addition or scope of work the plans may be approved over the counter. For additions 750 square feet of less and meet conventional construction criteria you may be able to schedule an appointment for an over the counter review.
Once the permit is issued all the required inspections and approvals are to be done. For additions this may require opening or removal of concealed construction, the removal of some or all interior finishes and insulation and special inspection testing of epoxy anchors or hold-downs.
Please keep in mind that not all illegal additions can be approved.
For specific building and planning information, please contact the Development Services Center at 510-494-4460.
Yes, it is possible to order copies of commercial and residential plans through the Development Services Center (DSC). However, if the plans are designed by a professional, a letter of release from each professional must be obtained through DSC staff before copies can be ordered. This process can take up to 30 days and costs $82.50 per release letter. Plans without licensed professional stamps and/or signatures can be readily ordered. Contact the Development Services Center for cost related to copies at (510) 494-4443. For additional information review the Records Request web page: https://fremont.gov/395/Records-Request
The California Building Code requires covered barriers for swimming pools, spas and hot tubs. By definition, a Swimming Pool is considered to be any structure that is intended for swimming or recreational bathing and contains water that is over 24 inches deep, including spas and hot tubs. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground swimming pools, and fixed-in-place wading pools. A Barrier is a fence, wall, building wall or combination thereof that completely surrounds the swimming pool and obstructs access to the swimming pool. During construction of new pools, spas or hot tubs, the City inspector will enforce the barrier regulations by checking fence heights, gate operations, door alarms, and other associated requirements. A copy of the barrier requirements will be attached to the approved plans for his review. You can voluntarily make your pool, spa or hot tub environment a safe one for family and friends by putting these requirements into play. Community Development Permit Technicians within the Development Services Center will issue building permits for voluntary barrier upgrades for existing pools. For more information please call 510-494-4460 or stop by the Development Services Center office at 39550 Liberty Street. Office Hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.
A) Credit Card and Debit Card Payment
i. Proceed to any parking kiosk located in either designated parking lot.
ii. Enter information from the prompt at the kiosk.
iii. Insert your credit or debit card.
iv. Payment for parking is validated for 24 hours; except Friday purchases which are valid for 72 hours.
B) Remotely pay for parking through a mobile parking app.
Instructions will be posted following the selection of a mobile parking app vendor.
Yes. Instructions will be posted next to each pay station and online at www.fremont.gov/TrainDepotParking.
Only debit and credit cards will be accepted.
The main parking lot at the Centerville Train Depot Station, as well as the lot directly across on the south side of Peralta Boulevard will be designated paid parking lots.
The program will allow for prioritization of the available parking spaces for plaza users and train riders. Limiting parking specifically for the use of commuters and patrons will enhance security in the parking lot. The limited time permits will give the police department the tools necessary for the enforcement of the parking lot. While the Police Department does not have a dedicated parking enforcement program, police patrols will be increased at the onset of the program and then continue to be balanced with other prioritized calls for service and needs throughout the City on an ongoing basis.
The paid parking fee promotes the use of mass transit by preserving the parking lot for transit users and customers of local businesses.
The Centerville Train Depot Paid Parking program will be a cost recovery program. The fees collected will go towards the maintenance of the parking lot.
While some adjacent public roadways have open and non-restrictive parking, the police department will patrol and enforce posted parking regulations. The enforcement will be balanced with other prioritized calls for service and needs throughout the City on an ongoing basis.
We are continuing to explore this option.
Parking is on a first come, first served basis.
Yes. There are a limited number of one hour parking spaces available at no charge for short-term users of the parking lots.
It’s likely that the Code Enforcement division has already started investigating your complaint. Part of an investigation involves researching property ownership, title, occupants, past or current permits, prior Code Enforcement actions, etc. The investigation may also involve working closely with other departments and/or agencies. A significant portion of Code Enforcement investigations are performed “behind the scenes” by exchanging correspondence with the violator, sending legal notices, etc. When the violator fails or refuses to correct the violation, Code Enforcement initiates a formal legal process to compel compliance, which may extend the amount of time to resolve the violation. Our policy is that once an investigation is open, we do not provide any information on the actions taken by the City while that case is active.
Please contact Fremont Landlord Tenant Services at (510) 574-2270 for any legal advice on housing issues.
Courtesy Notices: This letter is intended to merely advise you that a violation of an applicable law has been observed. After receipt of the letter, you may: Correct the problem. Contact the Code Enforcement Officer assigned to review compliance options. If you have not corrected the violation, as identified in the Courtesy Notice, you may be subject to additional enforcement action. If it is determined that a violation exists on the property, you will be notified by an official “Notice and Order to Abate” or “Administrative Notice.” The notice will state specific Code sections for which you are in violation, the remedies available to you, and any fines, charges, and/or penalties that you will be assessed. If you receive one of these official “Notices,” you should contact the Code Enforcement Officer assigned to your case as soon as possible.
Unfortunately this is a civil issue. You can either visit your local library or visit the Development Services Center to check out "Neighbor Law" by Nolo Press. This book is a good resource regarding civil issues such as trees, fences, and noise concerns.
If you are having a mold problem, please view the following publication prepared by the California Department of Public Health: Mold or Moisture in My Home: What Do I Do? Mold is frequently a sign of water intrusion. City inspectors will inspect areas where mold is present for possible water intrusion and require the appropriate corrective action. If there is a need to determine specific types of mold, it may be required to hire an Industrial Hygienist.
Please view the following fact sheet from the California Department of Public Health: Asbestos in the Home and Workplace.
The Fremont Police Department and Fremont Fire Department will alert you of emergency situations such as: •Evacuation •Hazardous materials releases or spills •Barricaded criminal suspects •Floods and fires in an immediate area •At-risk missing persons. The City of Fremont may also notify you of non-emergency, time-sensitive information such as: •Road closures •Scheduled major maintenance work •Planned traffic impacts •Criminal descriptions •City events
The City of Fremont will send messages to phone numbers included in the 911 database and any other phone numbers you register at www.acalert.org. The City may also send messages to email and SMS (text) addresses you registered.
AC Alert uses the 911 database provided by your local telephone company to send messages. Your land-line home (listed or unlisted) or business phone number is automatically included in the system. The City will use unlisted land-line phone numbers only for emergency situations that pose an imminent threat to life or health. If you have caller ID, add (510) 284-4092 to your phone’s address book to be sure to receive the City’s time-sensitive and emergency alerts.
The AC Alert system is a geographical-based notification system, which means that street addresses are needed to select which phone numbers will receive community alerts and notifications in any given situation.
You will need to re-register your new information at www.acalert.org, by providing the following: •Your First and Last name •Fremont street address (physical address, no P.O.Boxes) •Telephone number (land-line and/or cellphone), email and/or SMS (text) addresses
AC Alert will attempt to contact you on both primary and alternate phone numbers you registered. You may also receive messages to your registered email and SMS (text) addresses. Please note that standard text messaging charges apply.
You will need to go back to www.acalert.org and register your additional phone numbers.
Policy and contract agreements prohibit Everbridge/AC Alert personal contact information from being shared, sold, traded, leased or loaned to outside parties unless required by law. The information will be used solely for purposes of community alerts and notifications.
Yes. When you register your phone number at www.acalert.org, check the box for this option.
You can register your business information at www.acalert.org. Provide the following: •Your Business Name (location name) •Fremont street address (physical address, no P.O.Boxes) •Business Telephone number (land-line and/or cellphone), email and/or SMS (text)
The message will begin by identifying that the City of Fremont is calling with an emergency alert. Listen carefully to the entire message. Follow instructions that are given. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so. If you have caller ID, the number (510) 284-4092 will be displayed.
If the number is busy and the call is a critical situation, the AC Alert system attempts your phone number after 5 minutes. This would be a great reason to register your work or cell phone number as an alternate number.
Separate permits are required for pest control repairs and electrical, plumbing, or mechanical work.
Copies of the Standard Details and Specifications can be purchased at the Development Services Center located at 39550 Liberty Street, Fremont, CA 94538.
The Standard Details can also be downloaded from the "Standard Details" webpage. More...
We can fulfill your request for monument records by email. Send us the address or street intersection you are interested in to this email address: email@example.com
Access into and out of adjacent shopping areas and business centers will also remain open throughout construction except for a brief period of time when work must progress in front of a driveway.
1. Given the uncertainties that arise during street construction, we ask for your understanding when the scheduling of the work must be revised. We recognize that the lack of parking and the traffic delays are an inconvenience and we will work to minimize their impact to the extent we can. 2. Towing someone's car is not something we enjoy doing. In order to perform the street work, we request that you park off the street or in some other convenient area during the days when work is scheduled as indicated by the posted signs. 3. While we try our best to keep everyone informed, we may not always be able to reach everyone. We appreciate your efforts to keep your neighbors and visiting guests informed of the work that will take place and especially of the parking restrictions.
Your cooperation is integral to the success of this project. We thank you in advance!
For questions or comments about this project, please contact: Lupe Sierra City of Fremont Engineering Department 510-494-4711 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can receive updates by email on all Public Works projects using the City's online News Flash feature. To subscribe, follow these steps: 1. Click on the City logo near the top left corner of this page to go to the City's homepage 2. On the left hand column, mouse over the link "eServices" and select "Notify Me" from the menu 3. On the "Notify Me Sign-Up Page," scroll to the bottom of the screen and check the box next to "City of Fremont, Engineering" 4. Scroll back to the top of the screen and enter your email address in the box labeled "Enter your Email Address:" 5. Select whether you want an HTML email or text only. 6. Click on the "Subscribe/Manage" button
The project's main objective is to repair sidewalks and other concrete improvements so that the surface is safe for pedestrians to walk on. The amount of sidewalk replaced will depend on the amount of damage done by the trees. The project will not remove and replace sidewalks that have only cracks or other superficial damage. The project will not repair sidewalks that have been damaged by privately owned trees.
If the curb is raised enough to pose a tripping hazard due to a tree root, the project will likely remove and replace the curb. This repair may or may not fix the drainage problem. In areas where the slope of the street is relatively flat, it is not uncommon to have some standing water in the curb after a rain event.
If you have concerns about the removal of decorative concrete in the planter strip, please contact the City Engineering Department.
In order to be repaired, your sidewalk must meet the following criteria:
The California Streets and Highways Code (Sections 5610-5618) places the responsibility for the maintenance of the sidewalks on the owner of the property adjoining the sidewalk. As a service, the City provides the sidewalk repair project as a way to relieve the burden of maintenance from single family homeowners. All other property owners (e.g., owners of apartments, commercial properties, condominium complexes, churches, etc.) are responsible for any necessary repairs to the sidewalk adjoining their property.
The City recognizes the benefits of preserving mature street trees in the neighborhood. In the interest of preserving as many trees as possible, the City will perform an exhaustive inspection of all the trees affected by this project to see what options are available. In many cases, the repair of a sidewalk or curb can be done by cutting a few roots from the tree. Trees that are known to have very shallow root systems and are notorious for damaging concrete improvements will likely be replaced with trees of a different species. A list of all trees proposed to be replaced will be made available on this website prior to construction. If you have any concerns about the proposed replacement of a tree, please contact the project manager (see "Who can I contact...").
The City of Fremont has two major pavement projects doing work throughout the city every year. They include the Pavement Rehabilitation Project and the Cape & Slurry Seal Project. The decision to do work on specific streets in a given year involves several steps and consideration of a number of factors.
The first step examines the condition of all pavements on every local road within the city. Based on the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) scores of each street (explained further below), each segment can be classified as being in good, fair, or poor condition.
The objective of pavement maintenance is to preserve streets in good condition, improve streets in fair condition, and rehabilitate streets in poor condition. There are different construction methods that can be applied to streets depending on their condition. Light maintenance treatments to the surface of pavements (such as a slurry seal) can help preserve and improve pavements in fair or good condition. Removal and replacement of asphalt pavements is an example of a rehabilitation effort that is often done for streets in poor condition.
After the conditions of the streets are known, the work needed on every street is estimated. The costs of performing the pavement work and the available funding resources are then compared to determine how much work can be done in a given year. The selection of which streets will be scheduled for repairs takes into consideration the following factors:
Projects are funded from a variety of sources at the Local, State, and Federal levels. They include:
One Bay Area Grant (OBAG)
The Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is a measure used to indicate the general condition of a pavement. The method to produce a PCI score is based on a visual survey that notes the number and types of distresses in the pavement. PCI scores range from 0 to 100, where a PCI of 100 is equivalent to a new street and a PCI of 0 is considered a failed street. A pavement with a PCI score of 70 or above is considered in good condition. Pavements with a score between 50 and 70 are considered in fair condition. Pavements with a PCI score below 50 are considered at risk or in poor condition. In Fremont, major streets are surveyed every 2 years and all streets are surveyed every 5 years. After a survey is completed, the PCI scores are updated in real-time using a computer program.
As of 2018, the overall PCI score for the entire street network in Fremont is 73 which is considered in good condition.
Find your street on the PCI list (all Fremont streets).
See how we compare to other cities.
The total construction cost estimate is $30M including construction and construction management.
Note: These are not applicable to hazardous materials or permitted facilities.
1. Request a debris box from Republic Services. for all material.2. The contractor working at the job site may haul debris in their own vehicle to an approved recycling facility.
Apply online through the online application system.
Once you have created a profile, you can apply for a position that is currently open or submit an interest card for one that is not currently open but that you are interested in.
Carefully read the job announcement section "Application Instructions" for information on what application materials are required.
Only complete applications will be accepted.
If you do not have access to a computer or the Internet, you can complete an online application at our kiosk located at:
Human Resources Department3300 Capitol Avenue, Building BFremont, CA 94538
Some recruitments are open until filled and do not have an absolute deadline to submit application materials. In most cases, these open until filled positions have a first review date. Application materials received by that date will receive consideration. The recruitment may close without further notice after the first review date.
No. There was a previous proposal to use the site as a temporary parking lot until the park could be built, but that proposal is no longer being considered.
All existing buildings and paving will be demolished. All healthy trees, which are candidates for preservation will be kept on site if possible, but diseased, unhealthy and short-lived trees will be removed. The small landscaped area along Westminster Circle will be retained and become part of the new park.
The park site has two sets of adjacent walls, both of which are on private property. The City does not have the right to remove or alter these walls, including for art murals, without owner consent.
The fence will be removed, and the new park will incorporate the grass area along Westminster Circle. The design of this area may have to be modified to blend with the future park.
The new park will be a neighborhood park, which per the City General Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan, does not include restrooms or parking on site. However, on-street parking is allowed along the extensive perimeter of the park and in the surrounding area.
There are currently no plans for improvements beyond the park property, however, the City’s Transportation Engineering Division is aware of resident concerns in the area and they are looking into options.
The park is currently proposed to be open by Summer 2023. The tentative schedule is as follows:
The City is currently reviewing proposals to develop the Master Plan. While the schedule will likely evolve throughout the process, the City has a very aggressive goal of completing the Master Plan by the end of 2020. The preliminary schedule is as follows:
August 2019 Project kick-off meeting
September 2019 Conduct Community Assessment Surveys
February 2020 All studies completed and summaries submitted.
December 31, 2020 Final Master Plan adopted by City Council
1. Two copies of a plan (or a sketch showing the work)
2. A bond or CD, which serves as a security deposit.
3. Evidence of insurance coverage. In many cases, a homeowner's insurance policy will have enough coverage.
4. A completed encroachment permit application.
The resource file "Encroachment Permit Procedures" contains more detailed information on the above requirements.
If you have any questions or need assistance preparing your application, contact the Engineering Division at 510-494-4700 and our staff will help you.
Most routine permits involving only concrete work, such as driveway replacement, will cost $222.
If the work involves underground utilities, such as a sewer or water line repair, then the usual cost is $310.
More detailed information on fees are available in the "Fee Schedule" file located under Resources. Scroll down to item 5 on page four of the file for the listing of encroachment permit fees.
1. Call USA Underground Alert at 1-800-227-2600, two business days before the start of work.
2. Call the inspector at least one day before the start of work. The inspector's name and telephone number is listed at the bottom of the permit.
Tree Permits for any work that involves a street tree
Alameda County Water District for work on your water line
Union Sanitary District for work on your sewer line
If you keep the dumpster on your property at all times, then no permit is required.
There are multiple ways to find zoning for your property.
The Zoning Ordinance (Title VIII, Chapter 218 Planning and Zoning of the Fremont Municipal Code) can be found on the Municipal Code website.
Contact the Zoning Line by email, or call us at (510) 494-4455. We respond to all inquiries within one business day.
Family Resource Center at 39155 Liberty Street, Suite D440, Fremont, CA 94538-1513. Phone: (510)574-2270; Fax (510)574-2275; email: TenantLandlord@yahoo.com
Submit your request by completing this online form at www.Fremont.gov/RefundPolicy
No. Landlords may notice rent increases of any amount; however, rent increase notices seeking an increase of rent exceeding 5% must also include the reason for the rent increase and are subject to a hearing by the Rent Review Board.
Units that are covered under this Ordinance include any housing unit offered for rent or lease in the City consisting of one or more units whether attached or detached, single- or multiple-family, and mobile homes. Mobile homes are subject to this Ordinance only to the extent of the mobile housing unit itself, not the underlying real property pad which is subject to FMC Chapter 9.55, Mobile Home Space Rent Stabilization.
Anyone may request a rent review by emailing the Rent Review Office at email@example.com, or calling the Rent Review Hotline at 510-733-4945.
Yes, is mandatory. The landlord and tenant have the mutual obligation to participate in the consultation or mediation process in good faith. Failure of a landlord or their responsible party to appear and participate in good faith in the consultation or mediation process shall void the notice of rent increases for all purposes, and failure of any affected tenant to appear and participate in good faith shall terminate all services of the Rent Review Ordinance for the affected tenant for the duration of the subject rent increase and shall make the rent increase effective the date stated in the notice of rent increase.
Yes, only if the representative has legal authority to resolve issues on behalf of the landlord or tenant. A “responsible party declaration” must be presented prior to consultation/mediation.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs defines retaliatory eviction or action as an act by a landlord such as raising a tenant’s rent, seeking to evict a tenant, or otherwise punishing a tenant because they have asserted their legal tenant rights. If you believe your landlord is retaliating, consult with an attorney. Legal assistance organizations can be found on www.fremont.gov/rroresources.
At the end of 2007, the Mayor appointed a Green Task Force, which provided a list of recommendations to City staff.
In 2008, the City completed its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in partnership with StopWaste and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.
By 2011, the City had completed its General Plan 2030 update, including a Sustainability Element as the opening chapter and central theme throughout the document.
On November 13, 2012, City Council adopted the City’s first Climate Action Plan, which provides a blueprint for achieving a 25% greenhouse gas emissions reduction from a 2005 baseline by the year 2020.
To help implement the Climate Action Plan, the City appointed an Environmental Sustainability Commission as well as a Sustainability Coordinator in 2013.
At the beginning of 2014, Fremont completed the 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update utilizing the newest calculation methodology, demonstrating a decrease of 11% in community-wide emissions between the years of 2005 and 2010.
The City now supports a number of sustainability projects, including efforts to encourage energy efficiency projects, promote clean transportation options, adopt renewable energy sources, improve in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, divert waste through recycling and composting, conserve water, and other related measures. Fremont Sustainability
By the end of 2014, there are plans to double the number of electric vehicle charging stations that are open to the public in Fremont. Under a funding opportunity from the California Energy Commission (CEC), the City will receive a total of eight publically accessible, dual-port Level 2 electric vehicle chargers. Six of these chargers will be installed at angled parking spaces along three separate blocks of Capitol Avenue as part of the Capitol Avenue Extension project in Downtown Fremont. Another charger will be placed at the City’s Development Services Center, whose Permitting Department attracts many daily visitors. The last charger will be placed at the Boathouse in Fremont’s Central Park, which is the most heavily used park in the community. Under the same funding opportunity, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce plans to fund the installation of six dual-port Level 2 and two dual-port DC fast chargers at Fremont’s Bayside Business Park along the I-880 corridor.
Fremont also encourages retailers to consider the installation of public stations at their places of business, such as those already found at Whole Foods on Mowry and the Target at Pacific Commons.
As a current or future EV owner, you can find out where all existing publicly accessible EV charging stations are located across the nation through the Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center (see link below). Electric Vehicle Charging Station Locations
Contact Raquel Christopher. Recreation Supervisor, at (510) 494-4349. All preschool site tours will be scheduled for at least two weeks out from the time the Recreation Coordinator is contacted. A parent and potential students are welcome.
Log into your RegeRec account at www.RegeRec.com. Under the registrants name, click on history and scroll down to the activity you would like a receipt. Click on "Email Receipt" under the class activity you would like a receipt for. A copy of the receipt will then be sent to your email on file.
Tax ID #94-6027361.
At this point in time there are no sibling discounts.
Log into your RegeRec account at www.RegeRec.com and check your account details.
Once Tiny Tot classes start, online registration closes. If space is still available, call the front desk at (510) 494-400 for registration options.
If a child misses a class there are no make-up or refund options available.
On the first day of class please make sure to arrive early to fill out an Emergency Form. Emergency Forms will be provided by the Tiny Tots staff.
If a class is full, parents have the option of adding their child to a wait list. Once a spot becomes available our registration staff will contact participants from the wait list in numeric order. You may NOT attend classes until you are registered.
Transfer Day is open the day after Priority Registration ends. In order to be eligible to transfer a child to another class parents will need to register their child during Priority Registration to the current class they are in. A child will be able to transfer classes if a spot is available.
If parents miss the Priority Registration date the next time a child will be eligible to enroll in a class will be during Open Enrollment. No exceptions will be made.
Priority Registration is not available online. Participants currently enrolled in the program will receive a Priority Registration form in class. Parents will need to fill out the form and turn into the City of Fremont Recreation offices located at 3300 Capitol Ave Bldg.B or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrolled children must be the minimum age by the first day of class. Age exceptions will not be granted.
Children are separated by learning ability for age appropriate activities. However, the class is taught as a whole during circle time and is given the same worksheets to complete in class.
In the Pre-K Literacy class there is a heavy emphasis on reading readiness and literacy development. The Pre-K class incorporates Kindergarten readiness skills.
Teachers may ask for proof of age the first week of class, be prepared to show a copy of your child's birth certificate. Tiny Tots is not a license day care, therefore, we do not require a copy of vaccinations or TB test. Parents do not need to be TB tested for any of the Parent Child classes.
Contact Raquel Christopher. Recreation Supervisor, at (510) 494-449. All preschool site tours will be scheduled for at least two weeks out from the time the Recreation Coordinator is contacted. A parent and potential students are welcome.
All Tiny Tot Teachers/Aides are require to have ECE units in Early Childhood Education. All preschool staff has completed a background check (fingerprinting), TB test and drug test. They are also CPR/First Aid certified.
Parents participate in the Parent Child class only. In all other classes parents are NOT allowed to stay in the classroom.
Children MUST be potty-trained by the first day of the program in order to stay in the class. If a child is not potty-trained and are having frequent accidents they will have to be dropped from the class. No PULL UPS allowed in class.
The teacher student ratio is 1:8.
If you would like to request a new traffic signal, please contact the Transportation Engineering Division by completing an online form on the main Transportation Engineering page or by calling (510) 494-4745. New Traffic Signals
If you have a stop sign request, please contact the Transportation Engineering Division by completing an online form on the main Transportation Engineering page or by calling (510) 494-4745. Stop Signs
If you have a crosswalk request, please contact the Transportation Engineering Division by completing an online form on the main Transportation Engineering page or by calling (510) 494-4745. Crosswalks
Please see the Speed Limits document for more detailed information regarding speed limits. If you have further questions regarding the establishment of speed limits or a missing or needed speed limit sign, please contact the Transportation Engineering Division by completing an online form on the main Transportation Engineering page or by calling (510) 494-4745. Speed Limits
The City does not paint red curb in front of fire hydrants due to the high cost of maintenance. The City has thousands of fire hydrants within the city limits and maintaining 30 feet of red curb in front of all of them would take away time that can be spent on other public facilities’ maintenance within the City.
If there is a vehicle parked in front of a fire hydrant please call the Police Department at (510) 790-6800. If a vehicle is illegally parked by a fire hydrant, the Fire Department will use all means necessary to obtain access to the fire hydrant. If there is a fire emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Street trees are any trees growing within the public right-of-way. The boundaries of the public right-of-way vary amongst neighborhoods but generally are ten feet back from a curb or sidewalk. Understanding the difference between a street tree and a private tree is important because the 50-50 Street Tree and Sidewalk Programs cover only work associated with street trees.
Typical Residential Street Tree
Typical Street Tree in Front of a Business
For many years the City maintained street trees on behalf of property owners. In 2010 due to significant budget and staffing cuts, the responsibility for maintaining street trees returned to property owners.
Excerpt from Fremont's Tree Preservation Ordinance:
12.30.200 Maintenance of landscaping along or in the street right-of-way.
(a) The owner of a lot with frontage along a public street must maintain the street trees and other landscaping growing along the frontage or in the street right-of-way adjacent to the lot, including in any park or parking strip between the property line and the street line.
(b) The owner’s obligations under subsection (a) of this section include at a minimum all of the following:
(1) Maintaining the street trees and other landscaping in a good and safe condition as will not interfere with the public convenience or safety in the use of the public street and sidewalk, including:
(A) Ensuring sufficient passage of light from any public street light to the street;
(B) Ensuring a clear height of 10 feet above the surface of the street or sidewalk unobstructed by branches;
(C) Ensuring street signs, parking restriction signs, bus stop signs, and other directional and regulatory signs are not obstructed; and
(D) Removing dead, decayed, or broken limbs or branches that overhang the public right-of-way.
(2) Deep root watering, root pruning, installing root barriers, fertilizing, and pest control.
(3) Clearance, structural, and safety pruning.
(4) Removal of fallen leaves, branches and other debris.
(5) Replacing any removed or otherwise missing street tree as may be required by Article I of this chapter.
(6) Replacing any removed or otherwise missing landscaping if the landscaping was required to be planted by this code or an approved development plan.
(c) An owner owes a duty to members of the public to maintain street trees and other landscaping along the street frontage or in the street right-of-way adjacent to the owner’s property in a safe and nondangerous condition.
(d) If an owner fails to maintain street trees and other landscaping in a safe and nondangerous condition as required by this section, and a person suffers damage or injury to person or property, the owner shall be liable to the person for the resulting damages and injuries.
(e) The city of Fremont shall have a cause of action for indemnity against a property owner for any damages it may be required to pay as satisfaction of any judgment or settlement of any claim from injury to persons or property as a legal result of the owner’s failure to maintain a street tree in accordance with this section. (Ord. 11-2010 § 6, 5-25-10. 1990 Code § 6-2201.)
For many years the City maintained street trees on behalf of property owners. In 2010 due to budget and staffing cuts, the responsibility for maintaining street trees returned to property owners.
While the financial responsibility has returned to the property owner it is still in the City's interest to ensure that trees are cared for properly and to regulate the removal and/or damage to trees. The tree permit is the mechanism through which we meet this interest, maintain a healthy community of trees, and uphold the Tree Preservation Ordinance (18.125) because:
Because of the above stated, it is in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of the City of Fremont
Between two and four weeks.
A tree removal permit may be issued if one of the following criteria is met:
Confirm credentials: If you are hiring a City approved tree contractor, you don’t need to worry about their eligibility to perform work. If you are selecting your own contractor for private tree work, ask the contractor to provide their licensure, proof of bonding, and ISA Certified Arborist credentials to ensure that work is performed safely, that your property is protected, and that the integrity of your tree is preserved.
Pay with a paper trail: Pay the service professional with a credit card or check, not cash. Do not make large deposits or upfront payments. Eligibility for the 50-50 Tree and Sidewalk Programs is dependent on proof of payment by check or credit card.
Do your research: Before you hire a contractor, get 2-3 bids for the project. Read ratings and reviews and/or ask around.
Keep written records of everything: Get it in writing: permit numbers, invoices, proof of payment, before and after photos, and all project-related communication. You will need all this documentation to receive your check from the City for 50-50 Tree and Sidewalk Programs.
Police Non-Emergency (510) 790-6800, # 3.