2018 Program Progress
What is the Sidewalk Repair Program?
San Rafael has some of the oldest neighborhoods in the North Bay. To many, the charming and often tree-lined streets are what make San Rafael such a great place to live. However, tree roots and age have caused parts of our City’s 275 miles of sidewalks to fall into a state of disrepair; hampering the safe walkability of our City. The City shares this concern with the community, and has been working for several years to come up with a solution where the City and property owners can work together to ensure damaged sidewalks are repaired. We all want our streets to be safe passageways for cars and pedestrians alike.
As with many municipalities, San Rafael addresses sidewalk maintenance and repairs in accordance with California State Streets and Highways Code Section 5610, which states that sidewalk maintenance and repair is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. San Rafael’s sidewalk maintenance policy is also addressed in our local municipal code as Chapter 11.60, which states that the adjacent property owner is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in a nonhazardous condition and may also be liable for injuries caused as a result of failure to maintain the sidewalk.
In 2016, the City Council called for the development of the Sidewalk Repair Program which attempts to 1) assist property owners with the cost of sidewalk repair and 2) streamline and consolidate sidewalk repairs throughout the City.
Under the new program, the City will:
- Split the cost of sidewalk replacement 50-50 with property owners (up to a maximum of $1,000 in City contribution)
- Fully incur the cost of sidewalk offset "shaving" - e.g. when a sidewalk displacement is <1.5" and does not require fully replacement
- Fully incur the cost of curb and gutter replacement (up to a maximum of $4,000 City contribution)
- Fully incur the cost of street tree work removal and replacement (including root trimming, stump grinding, removal/ replacement)
Please note, for sidewalk and curb and gutter construction, the Sidewalk Repair Program has a maximum City contribution for residential properties of $5,000 per property, and a maximum City contribution for commercial properties of $2,000 per property.
How is this program funded?
The program is jointly funded between the City and property owners.
Public funding in the program is supported by funding made available through Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, signed into law on April 28, 2017. Senate Bill 1 generates $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety. San Rafael is utilizing it's Senate Bill 1 funding towards new roadway projects in the City, thereby freeing up local funds for the Sidewalk Repair Program.