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Notice to Repair

Notices to Repair (NTR) are official letters sent by the City of Oakland when sidewalk damage is identified. City permits are required for sidewalk repairs larger than 25 square feet. A licensed contractor should perform all other repairs. DOT Engineering permit counter is currently closed to the public. Customers can continue to access DOT permit services by email at DOTonlinepermits@oaklandca.gov and by phone at 510-238-3199.

Date Posted: July 9th, 2019 @ 9:38 PM
Last Updated: October 7th, 2020 @ 11:21 AM

Property owners in Oakland are responsible for repairing damaged sidewalks adjacent to their property per state and local laws.

If the sidewalk is damaged on your property, you may receive a Notice to Repair issued by the City. If you receive this letter, you must repair the sidewalk within 30 days.

If someone trips in front of your house, you could be sued for damages. Sidewalk defects could also create problems for children, seniors, the blind, wheelchairs and others with special needs. All pedestrians benefit from safe sidewalks.

City permits are required for sidewalk repairs larger than 25 square feet. A licensed contractor should perform all other repairs. DOT Engineering permit counter is currently closed to the public. Customers can continue to access DOT permit services by email at DOTonlinepermits@oaklandca.gov and by phone at 510-238-3199.


In some limited instances, the damage may be caused by a tree that has been recorded by the City as an official City tree. In these instances, the City is responsible for repairing the damage, and you will not receive a NTR related to this damage.

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