Apply to the Emergency Nuisance Abatement Program

Apply for clean up work to keep our City, neighborhoods and community clean, safe and free of blight. Formerly the Clean-Up and Board-Up Program, our Emergency Nuisance Abatement Program seeks contractors for site cleaning, fencing, removal of trash, debris, vegetation, and appliances, removal of graffiti, securing buildings, and other minor repairs.

Current Bid Count

There are currently One (1) bid(s) for emergency nuisance abatement for the week of 05/22/2023. Thank you.

Before you Start

You must be a licensed contractor in the State of California, and must have complete and up-to-date registration with the City of Oakland to participate in this program. See detailed requirements below.

What to Do

Program Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Complete Application
    • Click the button below to be taken to an external page containing the Emergency Nuisance Abatement Program Application form.
    • Download the form to your device.
    • Please fill and sign* the form electronically or manually.
      *NOTE: Digital signatures require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    Open Application
  2. Step Two: Submit Form
  3. Step Three: Application Review
    • Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your submission. If we need further information, we will contact you. Upon review of your application, we will inform you of our decision.
  4. Step Four: Orientation
    • Once your application has been approved, you will be notified of the date and time of your orientation with the Problem Properties Supervisor. Please note, you are not eligible to participate in the program until the orientation has been completed.
  5. Step Five: Submit Bids
    • Click the button below to be taken to an external page that lists current bids* and describes the submission process
      The current bid count is posted at the top of this page.
    View Current Bid Packets

Need to Know


Once your application has been approved and you have completed your orientation, you may participate in the program. General contract bidding, awarding, and completion processes are as follows:

  • Bid List - Each blighted property to be bid includes the address, parcel number, description of the work, and graph photos. Bid packages are available on this web link.
  • Bid Submittal - Bids will be accepted no later than 3:30 p.m. on the first week day following the bid posting (typically Monday). Bid quotes must be submitted on the forms provided. Bids forms must be signed. Bids must be sealed. Incomplete bids will be rejected. Contractors are invited to attend the bid opening at 3:30 p.m. on the first week day following the bid posting.
  • Awarded Bids - Contractors who have been awarded a contract will be contacted the day after the bid opening no later than 2:00 p.m. Notices to Proceed will be available for signing at 3:00 p.m. within two days following the notice of an awarded contract.
  • Emergency Contracts - Contractors will be notified by telephone to meet at the blighted property where an Inspector will accept bid quotes and award a bid. Work should proceed immediately upon award. The contract will be prepared at the office and the awarded Contractor will be contacted for signature.
  • Completed Jobs - All contract work must be completed within 5 working days from the date of the Notice to Proceed. Final documents i.e., dump receipts, photos, and contractor’s invoice must be hand delivered to Building Services/Inspections Counter.


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