City Administrative Offices Holiday Closure 12/24/2019 – 1/1/2020

Timeline 2019

Timeline for this year's 2019 Program

  • The online application form will be open from April 2nd to May 17th and accessible at www.cityofsanrafael.org/sidewalks.  If you do not have access to email, call us at 415-458-5360 for a paper application.
  • Eligibility
    • Applications must be submitted by Property Owner
    • Each property (APN) is able to submit one application
    • If one owner has multiple properties, each property must apply for the program individually
    • Residential property owners have a total maximum City contribution limit of $5,000 per property. (e.g. $5,000 City contribution cap includes 50-50 cost share for sidewalk and curb and gutter)
    • Commercial property owners have a total maximum City contribution limit of $2,000 per property.

Residents will be notified by their preferred method of communication. The City will make every effort to accommodate all applicants. If applicants exceed available funding, a lottery may be used to select participants.

  • City Public Works staff will inspect all properties in the program to identify:
    • Locations where sidewalk “shaving” could be utilized as opposed to full replacement (when minor offsets are “shaved” down– eliminating the trip hazard)
    • Locations where full sidewalk, curb and gutter, and/or driveway apron replacement is needed
    • Locations where tree removal is likely needed
  • All participants will receive a detailed City pre-construction inspection form which includes photos of the sidewalk offsets and estimates the square footage of sidewalk replacement needed. The form also included a preliminary cost estimate based on the pricing contractors have provided for the program ($18/square ft for sidewalk replacement, $65/square ft for curb and gutter) Please note that the City pre-construction inspection form is an estimate only and a final inspection may be performed by the contractor to get a more accurate price.

Based on the City pre-construction inspections, the City shaving contractor will shave all minor offsets. This work will be done by Precision concrete and at no cost to property owners. For properties where “shave only” is identified and no replacement is identified, this will complete the process and participation in the 2019 Sidewalk Repair Program.

  • Once a participant receives a “Next Steps” document from the City they will contact the City to either indicate they agree with the work as prescribed or schedule a final inspection with the concrete contractor, Van Midde and Son Concrete . The contractor’s final inspection and proposal at the property will be the final cost of the work. The City’s pre-construction inspection is for preliminary purposes only.
  • Property owners will sign an agreement similar to the 2-page Agreement from 2018 and send it to the City for final approval.

Van Midde and Son Concrete will be the contractor for all properties in the 2019 Sidewalk Repair Program. Sidewalks will be repaired by neighborhood and a list of the neighborhood priority will be provided

All property owners will be notified by the City no later than two weeks prior to construction beginning. The City will post weekly updates on www.cityofsanrafael.org/sidewalks with the list of streets scheduled for the upcoming weeks. Construction at the average property is anticipated to take up to 5 days, starting with demolition of the existing sidewalk, followed by placement of the forms for new concrete, and completed with the pouring the new sidewalk. During any given 5 day period, the contractor will be doing 5 – 7 properties. 

Property owners with trees that cannot survive the root trimming required for their sidewalk repair will be notified individually that the City will be removing the street tree(s) and grinding the stump. All street trees removed will be replaced following the completion of sidewalk construction. Trees on private property that need to be removed are the responsibility of the property owner.

  • Each property owner in the program will be invoiced by the City for the amount indicated in their signed agreement under “Total Cost to Property Owner”. Contact us at www.cityofsanrafael.org/contactDPW if you need another copy of your signed agreement. 
  • Invoices will be sent to property owners by email within 30 days after the City inspects and signs off on the completed sidewalk construction work. 
  • All property owners will be able to pay their invoice online by credit card. Property owners may also submit payment by check made payable to “City of San Rafael”. Instructions on the two payment methods will be included and sent with the invoice. Note that all payments by credit card may be assessed a credit card fee no greater than the fee assessed to the City by the credit card companies.
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