Notice to property owners: If someone is injured by a damaged sidewalk in front of your house you can be sued for damages.
Maintenance and repair of sidewalks is the property owner’s responsibility, except when damage is caused by an official City street tree.
You may repair your sidewalk in three different ways:
Repair the sidewalk themselves.
- Hire a licensed contractor with a City permit. A City permit is required if the repair area is greater than 25 square feet.
- The Permit Counter is located at:
- (510) 238-3891
- 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2114 Oakland, CA 94612
- Enter into a Voluntary Agreement with the City when the City has a planned project (where both private and public damage is being repaired along a corridor) to have the City contractor perform the work. By entering into this agreement, you agree to reimburse the actual cost of the repair.
Where a defective sidewalk is identified without the presence of an official City tree, a Notice to Repair (NTR) is sent to the property owner requiring the sidewalk to be repaired within 30 days. If the owner fails to do so, the City may repair the sidewalk and bill the property owner. If the owner doesn’t pay for the repairs, a tax lien will be placed on the property.