About the Program
Applications for the FY 2017-18 Sidewalk Repair Program are open March 20 - April 24, 2018.
Approximately 150 will be selected by random lottery to receive funds for the FY 2017-18 program.
In conjunction with the adoption of San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 11.60, the City Council called for the development of a pilot Sidewalk Repair Program which attempts to share the financial burden associated with sidewalk maintenance between the City and property owners, and streamlines and consolidates sidewalk repairs throughout the City.
Under the new program, the City will split the cost of sidewalk replacement 50-50 (up to a maximum of $1,000 in City contribution), and cover 100% of the cost of curb and gutter replacement (up to a maximum of $4,000 City contribution). Additionally, tree work including removal will be done by the City based on review by a City Arborist. It is important to note that driveway aprons are not eligible for cost-share in the program.
The primary purpose of the program is to assist property owners with the following costs associated with sidewalk repairs:
- Concrete sidewalk repair and replacement
- Curb and gutter work required with sidewalk repair and replacement
- Tree work associated with sidewalk repair and replacement (root trimming, stump grinding, removal/ replacement)
- Encroachment permit fees and related inspections
Who is responsible for sidewalk repair and maintenance in San Rafael?
Per City of San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 11.60, responsibility for maintenance and repair of public sidewalks rests with the adjacent property owner.
The City ordinance was adopted in October 2017, in accordance with California Streets and Highways Code Section 5610, which states in part that that the adjacent property owner is responsible for sidewalk maintenance and repair.
In conjunction with the adoption of Municipal Code Chapter 11.60, the City Council called for the development of a pilot Sidewalk Repair Program which shares the financial burden associated with sidewalk maintenance between the City and the property owners.
Sidewalk Repair Program and Ordinance History
October 2, 2017 City Council Meeting
- Consideration of adoption of an ordinance clarifying (a) responsibility to maintain and repair sidewalks lies with adjacent property owner and (b) property owner may be held liable for failure to maintain.
- Detailed outline of a draft Sidewalk Repair Cost-Sharing Program including reimbursement amounts to property owners.
The staff report, proposed ordinance, and draft cost-sharing policy can be read in full online. You may also view a recording of the meeting online and the PowerPoint presentation given by the Department of Public Works.
City Council passed the Ordinance to print and adopt the Resolution directing the City Manager to finalize and approve the cost-sharing program.