Sidewalk Repair Program
Safe, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks contribute to the livability and aesthetic image of the Concord community. It is in the best interest of all residents of the City that sidewalks are properly maintained and repairs be made when necessary. Concord property owners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the sidewalk, curb, and gutter fronting and or adjacent to their homes or businesses, as noted in California Streets and Highways Code (Sections 5610-5618) and the City of Concord Municipal Code (Sections 12.25.030-12.25.040).
The City Council has implemented the Sidewalk Repair Program (PDF) to simplify the repair process and reduce the cost of repairing and replacing sidewalks, when compared to the cost of hiring an independent contractor to do the job. Property owners who participate in this program benefit from economy-of-scale pricing, save time by not having to select a licensed contractor or schedule inspections, and enjoy reduced costs because permit fees are waived.
How the Program Works
- The property owner or the City become aware of sidewalk defects through routine inspections or citizen complaint.
- If the property owner notices the sidewalk defect, he or she can either arrange for an independent contractor to obtain the necessary permits and make the repairs, or can contact the City to take advantage of the City's Sidewalk Repair Program. Through the program, the permit and inspection fees are waived.
- If the City becomes aware of the sidewalk defect, the City will make a temporary patch and notify the owner that he or she must make the repairs either through an independent contractor or through the City's Sidewalk Repair Program.
- If a property owner chooses to participate in the program, the City calculates the cost of the repair work and the property owner pays the City directly.
- The City schedules the repair work with the contractor and manages the project to completion.
Sidewalk Repair Costs
In some cases, property owner's insurance may cover the cost of repairing the sidewalk, curb or gutter. Property owners should contact their provider to determine if repairs are covered and to confirm the deductible amount, as sidewalk repairs may be less costly than the deductible.
To estimate the cost of repairing or replacing a sidewalk through the Sidewalk Repair Program, please see the brochure (PDF).