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  • Pilot Sidewalk Repair Partnership Program in Pasadena

    The proposed Pilot Sidewalk Repair Partnership Program would provide property owners with an economical and efficient means of replacing existing sidewalks when City tree roots cause the damage.


    While the Department of Public Works does provide temporary sidewalk repairs, Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) Chapter 12.04.030 – Notice to Abutting Property Owner makes sidewalk repair the responsibility of the abutting property owner even if a City street tree causes the damage. Property owners must repair damaged sidewalks or pay the City to make repairs before selling property. Currently property owners must also repair damaged sidewalks before the City will issue a building permit with a valuation of $20,000 or more.
    When a condominium is sold, the City calculates the total damaged sidewalk assessment for that parcel and divides it by the number of units on the parcel. Each unit is responsible for its share of the assessment.
    A unit applying for an occupancy or building permit is similarly required to pay its proportional share of the sidewalk assessment. When the total damaged sidewalk assessment for that parcel is collected, the City will proceed with sidewalk repairs. Any time the City assesses a unit for its share of damages, the Department of Public Works contacts the condominium association to ascertain the association’s interest in repairing damaged sidewalk along the parcel’s entire frontage. In many instances, the condominium associations have elected to collaborate with the City to repair all damaged sidewalk.

    Pilot Sidewalk Repair Partnership Program

    The City of Pasadena recognizes that sidewalk maintenance and repair within the City is necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and visitors.
    The Pilot Sidewalk Repair Partnership Program would provide owners who are not engaged in the sale of or building permit process for the subject property with an economical and efficient means of replacing existing sidewalks when a City street tree(s) causes the damage. The City would manage the design, construction, and inspection necessary to repair qualifying sidewalks.


    1. Maximum incentive equivalent to 50% of the actual cost of sidewalk repair subject to a cap of $1,000 per parcel;
    2. Maximum incentive for income-qualified residents would be 70% of the actual cost of sidewalk repair subject to a cap of $1,000 per application. Income qualifications would be based on Pasadena Water and Power Electric Assistance Program (UUAP) http://cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/CARE/  


    Income Qualifications – Maximum Annual Gross House Income
    Household Size  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    EUAP Income Level  $29,000  $33,150 $37,300   $41,400  $44,750  $48,050  $51,350  $54,650



    1. City will accept applications for any property located within City of Pasadena with existing sidewalks. Applications for condominiums/townhouses should be made by the association; 
    2. Property owners engaged in sale of property and/or building permit process (improvement valuation of $20,000 or more) are not eligible; and
    3. Driveways are not eligible, even if damaged by City tree roots. 


    1. Acceptance is contingent upon availability of funds;
    2. Funds may be used for repair of existing sidewalks in public right-of-way damaged by City street tree roots;
    3. Lack of sufficient funds to cover number of applications received by City during pilot program will not excuse any property owner from responsibility of maintaining abutting sidewalk in a safe condition.

    Inspection of Site

    1. City will inspect sidewalk locations to determine qualifications, condition, an project limits; and
    2. City Arborist, City Engineer or designee will determine whether sidewalk damage is due to City street tree roots. This determination is final.


    1. City will make final determination for approval of each sidewalk location after completion of application process above based on:
      1. Fund availability;
      2. Condition of sidewalk; and
      3. Damage caused by City tree roots.


    1. If application is approved, City will send an agreement to property owner with the cost and invoice.


    1. Property owner must pay invoice to be placed in the “first come, first serve” queue.

    Schedule of Work

    1. City will schedule work once property owner pays invoice;
    2. City will issue a Notice to Proceed to contractor when necessary amount of sidewalk work has been collected by City to mobilize contractor; and
    3. Work progress is subject to weather, holiday moratorium, or other construction interferences.


    1. City will inspect project from start to finish.

    For more information, call (626) 744-4191 or email sidewalks@cityofpasadena.net.  For any questions about City street trees, call (626) 744-4321.

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