Rebate Program Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Who is eligible to participate?

Property owners within the City of Los Angeles with sidewalks that are not compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements are eligible to participate.  Ownership will be verified and tax reporting information will be collected. For businesses, tax standing with the City of Los Angeles will also be verified. Sidewalk work in conjunction with development projects abutting a commercial or industrial property is not eligible. 

  1. I've already applied for, or received, a Class A-Permit to repair my sidewalk but have not yet completed the work.  Am I eligible for a rebate?

Yes, provided you meet the other eligibility requirements, you are eligible to apply for the Rebate Program.  However, It is essential that you do not complete the sidewalk work under your previous Class A-Permit because that would prevent us from being able to properly assess the property and determine the eligible rebate amount and therefore would make the repair ineligible.  Instead, please apply for the Rebate Program and follow that process which will provide a Rebate Offer and will walk you through the steps of creating a new “no fee” Class A-Permit which will be linked to your Rebate Offer.

  1. Are previous repairs eligible for a rebate?  I repaired the sidewalks fronting my property in Los Angeles earlier this year and would like to apply for a rebate.

Unfortunately, construction completed prior to the start of the Safe Sidewalks LA Rebate Program on December 1, 2016, is not eligible, nor is any work completed after that date if it was not completed as a part of a Class A-Permit linked to an official Rebate Offer. If there is currently any remaining sidewalk fronting your property that is not ADA compliant, you may still apply for the Rebate program to receive a Rebate Offer to complete any work necessary to make the sidewalk ADA compliant provided all other eligibility requirements are met.

  1. Can one property owner apply for multiple properties under the Rebate Program?

Yes. The property owner will have to submit separate applications for each property.

  1. What types of repairs are included?

The Rebate Program is limited to the repair of sidewalk within the public right-of way in the City of Los Angeles. The covered repairs include any section of sidewalk not in compliance with the 2010 ADA regulations.   

Examples include:

  • Uplifts in sidewalks greater than 1/4 inch,
  • Sidewalks with a width less than 4 feet,
  • Sidewalks with a cross slope greater than 2 percent,
  • Sidewalks with openings in joints (gaps) or grates greater than 1/2 inch
  • Sidewalks with longitudinal slope irregularities causing inaccessibility such as those caused by tree roots,
  • Driveways that do not have an intersecting sidewalk with a minimum 4-foot width and 2% cross slope.

Certain properties within the City of Los Angeles are not eligible for the Rebate Program. 

  • Examples include:
  • Commercial or Industrial properties that are part of a development project,
  • Properties for which the maintenance responsibility has already transitioned back to the property owner,
  • Properties owned by a government agency.
  1. How do I sign up?

Applicants will need to submit a request to participate in the Program by completing a Service Request through MyLA311. Applicants are encouraged to apply online using the MyLA311 web application or via the MyLA311 mobile application. Applicants can also apply by calling 311. Those requiring assistance can get help in person at a Bureau of Engineering District Office. Following is more information on these application options.

  • Online in MyLA311 – Link to web form here
  • By calling 311
  • By visiting a Bureau of Engineering District Office public counter for assistance in entering the information online in MyLA311. Click here for District Office locations.
  • MyLA311 Mobile Application (available from the Apple and Android stores).

The City will respond to each request in the order it is received.

  1. 311 is asking me for an e-mail, what if I don’t have access to e-mail?

All communications in the rebate application process are handled via e-mail.  If you do not have access to e-mail please contact your Council District Office and they will arrange to enter the application for you and relay all communications. Click here to find out which Council District your property is in, and click here for the Council Directory.

  1. How is the scope of a sidewalk repair determined?

A City representative will visit the eligible site to determine which elements of the sidewalk are required for repair.  Based upon ADA criteria, the representative will determine the required scope of work and corresponding rebate offer.

  1. How is my rebate offer determined?

The rebate offer is calculated by multiplying the quantities of required work elements by the associated rebate unit costs. To see a detailed breakdown and procedure for the rebate offer, click here.

  1. Is there a cap on the rebate amount?

Yes, the maximum amount eligible is listed as follows:

  • $2,000 per Lot for residential (R5 or more restrictive) properties
  • $4,000 per Lot for commercial and industrial properties, as defined in
    LAMC 62.104
  1. How is Lot defined for the purposes of the Rebate cap?

One or more parcels serving a single purpose will be treated as a single Lot in determining the Rebate cap.

  1. Are there any time limits to complete the work?

There are multiple deadlines involved that must be met to retain eligibility in this Program.

  • Applicants will have 14 calendar days from the date of request to provide documentation that may be required after the initial application, except that applicants will have 30 calendar days from the date of request for delivery of an IRS W-9 Form.

Please complete and mail or hand deliver to:

City of Los Angeles

Board of Public Works

200. N. Spring Street, Room 356

Los Angeles, CA 90012-4801

Mail Stop 464

  • Applicants will have 60 calendar days from the date the rebate offer is emailed to obtain a “no fee” Class A-Permit for construction from the Bureau of Engineering.
  • Applicants will have 90 calendar days from the date of issuance of the “no fee” Class A-Permit to complete construction with inspection of the necessary repairs.
  1. What is a “no-fee” Class A-Permit?

A Class A-Permit (LAMC 62.106.a) is issued only for the repair, construction or reconstruction of curbs, sidewalks, driveway approaches or gutters, and work appurtenant to the foregoing, or work within a public easement, where the work contemplated is limited in extent and can be constructed to match existing grades without a survey or engineered plans.

Class A-Permits obtained for sidewalk repair work through the Rebate Program will have their fees waived. For more information about Class A-Permits, please visit the Bureau of Engineering website at http://eng.lacity.org/permits.

  1. Will my driveway be eligible?

Driveways that are not in compliance with ADA requirements for the sidewalk portion of the driveway will be eligible for replacement up to the property line as necessary to make the sidewalk ADA compliant. Driveways that intersect sidewalks must have a 4-foot wide walkway with a cross slope no greater than 2% to be in compliance with ADA requirements.Whether the apron portion of a driveway is eligible for a rebate will be determined when the City representative assesses the sidewalk adjacent to the property. If the driveway apron must be altered to make the sidewalk ADA compliant, the apron portion will be included in the rebate. Aprons are not eligible in cases where the apron is damaged but the sidewalk itself does not need repair or the sidewalk can be repaired without altering the driveway apron.

  1. What contractor can I use?

A contractor with an A, C-8, C-12, or C-61:D-06 license in the state of California is required to perform the work. The contractor’s license number must be provided before a Class A-permit for construction is granted. The applicant will hire a licensed contractor of their own choosing to perform the work.

If you are having trouble finding your own contractor with the necessary license, you can view the City’s list of approved sidewalk contractors he​re for reference. If you would like to hire one of these contractors, please contact them directly and obtain their quote and contractor's license from them.

  1. Will the City pay the contractor directly?

No, payments for construction work are the responsibility of the property owner.

  1. Is there a warranty for the work?

Yes, once the City inspector verifies the work performed is ADA compliant, a Certificate of Compliance will be issued. From the date of issuance, a warranty repair period of 20 years for residential properties, or 5 years for commercial and industrial properties will commence, with a limit of one warranty repair by the City. Upon expiration of the warranty period, or a single repair by the City within the warranty period, responsibility of sidewalk maintenance will be transferred to the property owner.

  1. After repairing the sidewalk and upon receiving the Certificate of Compliance, who is liable if there shall be a trip and fall incident?

There are many factors that can affect liability. Therefore, we cannot answer this question.

  1. What if damage has been caused by a Street Tree?

A City Arborist shall determine the necessary street tree work required to complete the sidewalk repair. This could include actions such as, but not limited to, enlarging the tree planting area, root pruning, or removal. If the street tree can be retained by root pruning or enlarging the planting area, the City Arborist will provide written instructions describing the work to be done. If the street tree requires removal, City policy requires two street trees be replaced for every one street tree removed. A City Arborist shall determine the street tree replacement locations. One street tree replacement shall be located at the tree removal location at the property owner's cost, if adequate space exists.The Board of Public Works will coordinate the planting of a second replacement tree pursuant to the City's Urban Forestry policies and programs, at the City's cost.

Eligibility for the Rebate Program is contingent upon complying with the street tree recommendations made by the City Arborist for the sidewalk repair at your property.

  1. Will the removal of tree stumps be included in the rebate? Will the stump be replaced with a tree?

A tree stump removal will receive a standard $100 rebate per stump, up to the rebate cap amount. See above for rebate cap amounts. A street tree replacement will not be required when a stump is removed.

  1. Will my private tree be accounted for in the Rebate Program?

Trees located on private property are not eligible for a rebate. However, if the City representative determines that the private tree requires any work, it will be necessary for that work to be completed by the applicant in order to be eligible for the rebate.

  1. What if I do not want my tree to be removed in front of my property?

If the City has designated that one or more trees must be removed in order to repair the sidewalk, and the trees are otherwise healthy, you may be able to avoid removing the trees if there is room to meander the sidewalks around them by providing an additional sidewalk dedication or easement as needed along the frontage of your property.  The City's rebate offer will include a link to request an investigation into the feasibility of meandering the sidewalk.  Should you be interested in exploring that option, you will be able to discuss with City staff by clicking that designated link.

  1. Are alternative materials and decorative sidewalk allowed?

Yes, conditionally. However, the rebate unit prices will be the same as for regular sidewalk. Any additional costs for decorative sidewalks or alternative materials will not result in a greater rebate amount.

Decorative sidewalks and alternative materials may be utilized provided the property owner complies with all City of Los Angeles requirements, including obtaining a Revocable Permit, if applicable, from the Bureau of Engineering. LAMC requirements of a specific plan or community plan may apply as well as other site specific requirements. Revocable Permits for such uses may contain a condition of waiver of the Warranty Period outlined in LAMC 62.104.

For those cases that require a Revocable Permit from the Bureau of Engineering, an additional permit fee is also requires (See LAMC 62.118). For more information about Revocable (R) Permits, please visit the Bureau of Engineering website at http://engpermits.lacity.org/rpermits/index.cfm. A Revocable Permit often specifies additional conditions which must be met prior to issuance of the permit. Requirements may include a minimum liability insurance listing the City of Los Angeles as additional insured and a waiver of damages protecting the City. The materials must conform to the Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction and Standard Plan 601-3. The applicant will be solely responsible for any additional costs outside of the City’s rebate offer.

  1. Can I perform additional work?

Yes. Additional sidewalk and driveway construction work beyond what has been identified by the City as the required scope of work necessary for ADA compliance may be added to, and performed under, the same “no-fee” Class A-permit for construction. The cost for the additional work will be borne by the applicant and will not increase the rebate amount.

  1. What source of funding is used for the Rebate Program?

The Rebate Program is anticipated to be a multi-year program, subject to funding availability. The Program may be funded from various funding sources.

  1. How do I file an appeal?

Any dispute regarding the eligibility of an owner to participate in the Rebate Program, the expiration of a rebate offer, the rebate offer amount or any condition imposed for a rebate can be appealed to the City Engineer, or Designee. Appeals related to applications that have been denied for eligibility or that have expired must be completed and submitted through a provided link in the body of the email within 14 calendar days. Appeals submitted outside of this appeal period will not be considered. The City Engineer’s determination on appeals will be final.

 

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