City of San Carlos - Sidewalk Program

Public Works - Sidewalk Program

In order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the City has implemented a Sidewalk Program to assist property owners with the financial burden of sidewalk repair. The State of California Streets and Highways Code chapter 22 and San Carlos Municipal Code chapter 12.04 place the responsibility for maintenance of the sidewalk area onto the property owner. Homeowner responsibility and liability for sidewalks fronting their property has been in place for over 10 years and is common for Cities throughout the peninsula including San Francisco.

The purpose of the program is to remove trip hazards from the sidewalk area as efficiently as possible in accordance with ADA guidelines. ADA guidelines prohibit changes in level more than ¼” in the sidewalk area. The program is administered by the Public Works Department; however, the physical construction cost to perform the repairs is still the property owner’s responsibility. The City’s anticipated budget for repairs is $200,000 which can typically repair 300 properties using the traditional removal and replacement method or approximately 2400 locations using the concrete cutting method. See below for more information on Concrete Cutting.

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