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Although City sidewalks are located in the public right-of-way, maintenance and upkeep of the sidewalk is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. California Street and Highway Code Section 5610 requires property owners to "maintain any sidewalk in such condition that the sidewalk will not endanger persons or property and maintain it in a condition which will not interfere with the public convenience in the use of those areas..."

The City will repair or replace sidewalks that have been damaged by City street trees and correct any surface displacement that poses a tripping hazard to a pedestrian. Damaged, broken, or deteriorating concrete not caused by City trees must be repaired or replaced by the property owner. A City encroachment permit is required to do this work and sidewalks must conform to City standards.