City of Richmond

City of Richmond

City of Richmond City Information  City website: City of Richmond  Zip codes: 94530, 94564, 94801, 94803, 94804, 94805, 94806, 94850.  Populat...

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City of Richmond City Information 

City website: City of Richmond

Zip codes: 94530, 94564, 94801, 94803, 94804, 94805, 94806, 94850.

Population: 108,565

Median household income: $54,857

Richmond Chamber of Commerce: (510) 234-3512 or

Housing Information 

Housing units: 39,328

Percent of housing stock that is Single-Family Detached Homes: 62.6%

Owner-occupied housing unit rate: 49.4%

Average persons per household: 2.89

Top 10 Largest Employers Employer Chevron Refinery WCCUSD Social Security Administration U.S. Postal Service Contra Costa County City of Richmond The Permanente Medical Group Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Costco Wholesale #482 Blue Apron, Inc.

Employees 3,456 1,689 1,276 1,050 850 703 698 506 371 325

Public School Districts K-12  West Contra Costa Unified School District: (510) 231-1100 or Source: U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts website 04/13/16. For more demographic information about the City of Richmond visit: Richmond QuickFacts

For-Sale and Open House Sign Regulations     

Sign must be place on private property and may not exceed six (6) feet in height. Sign may not be illuminated. Portable signs within the public right-of-way on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays between the hours of ten a.m. and seven p.m. Signs must not interfere with, obstruct, or misdirect traffic or pedestrian movement. Up to six (6) open house signs are allowed.

Time-of-Sale Requirements 

Sewer Lateral Compliance in the City of Richmond: Properties in the City of Richmond may be serviced by Richmond Sanitation District, Stege Sanitation District or the West County Wastewater District.

Sewer Lateral Compliance - Richmond Sanitation District: Whenever a property is to be sold or there is a transfer of title, a sewer Certificate of Lateral Compliance must be obtained. The procedures herein must be followed by the property owner to obtain a Certificate of Lateral Compliance. For more information contact City of Richmond Wastewater Department at (510) 307-8091.

City of Richmond 

Sewer Lateral Program – Stege Sanitation District: Effective October 18, 2011, the EBMUD Regional Ordinance shall govern within Stege Sanitary District's service area as it relates to sewer lateral program compliance. EBMUD shall implement and manage all aspects of this program including record keeping, maintaining written procedures for verification testing, witnessing all verification testing and issuing Compliance Certificates to compliant private sewer laterals. Property owners are required to obtain a “Certificate of Compliance” for their sewer laterals upon transfer of title (sale of property), significant remodel of $100,000 or more, or increase in water meter size. To obtain a Certificate of Compliance, the property owner must contact EBMUD directly to schedule an inspection. In addition, the property owner must also obtain a sewer permit from Stege Sanitary District for any sewer related construction work. For more information contact the Stege Sanitation District at (510) 524-4668

Sewer Lateral Testing/Compliance – West County Wastewater District: All building sewers or sewer lateral, including but not limited to those serving residential, multiple residential and commercial properties connected to the District’s sewer system shall be cleaned and tested, at the property owner’s expense prior to the close of escrow upon a sale or other transfer of the property. For more information contact West County Wastewater District at (510) 222-6700.

Backwater Overflow Prevention Device – West County Wastewater District: No person shall sell, transfer or convey any improved real property that is connected to the WCWD sewer system without (1) first installing or confirming the presence of a sewer cleanout in a location and of a type approved by the WCWD’s District Engineer and (2) without first installing or confirming the presence of a backwater overflow prevention device of a type and in the manner prescribed by the WCWD and any permit conditions imposed by the WCWD. The property owner shall obtain a signed repair permit confirming a proper sewer cleanout and backwater overflow prevention device or a certificate of compliance with this Ordinance from the WCWD’s District Engineer prior to the close of escrow of any sale, transfer or conveyance of any improved real property that is connected to the WCWD sewer system. For more information contact West County Wastewater District at (510) 222-6700.

City of Richmond Potential Disclosure Issues •

Energy Efficiency Program o Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): PACE is a financing option for property owners for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to buildings. PACE financing is attached to the home and repaid through the property tax bill. Therefore, it is transferred to subsequent owners until paid off. Richmond participates in the CaliforniaFIRST Program, HERO Residential, HERO Commercial, and Figtree PACE Financing for residential and/or commercial properties. 

Administered by Renewable Funding, a national clean energy finance company, CaliforniaFIRST allows property owners to finance the installation of energy and water improvements on homes or businesses through the issuance of a municipal bond, which can then be paid back as a line item on their property tax bill. CaliforniaFIRST financing doesn’t rely on a credit score and does not require any money down.

The HERO Program is the most widely adopted Residential PACE Program in the U.S., accounting for 90% of all projects. HERO offers homeowners additional consumer protection benefits including extensive contractor training, fair-price monitoring, experienced customer service reps, and dispute resolution assistance to resolve any consumer complaints. More information can be found at

Figtree Financing is a full service PACE Financing provider for property owners including quoting, application processing, and funding. Figtree PACE allows up to 20% of a property’s value to be financed for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades. The financing creates and assessment lien on the property and is repaid as semi-annual installments on the property tax bill.

For more information on PACE and the programs visit: or

Taxes, Bonds and Assessment Districts 

Real Estate Transfer Tax: Total: $8.10/per $1,000 property value. City Rate: $7.00/per $1,000 property value. County Rate: $1.10/per $1,000 property value.

For Additional Information: The Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office may have additional information about property-specific taxes or assessments: (925) 957-5280. To look up a property by parcel number of street address go to: Lookup Current Year Taxes

City of Richmond Rent Control, Rent Review and Landlord Responsibilities 

Rent Control: All rental units in the City of Richmond are subject eviction protection. Rent control applies to all units except for single family homes, condominiums and units exempt from rent control per the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. More information about eviction protection and rent control is available at:

Residential Rental Inspection Program: All owners of rental dwelling units within the City are subject to the Residential Rental Inspection Program except those units that are exempt per Richmond Municipal Code 6.40.090 (including: Residential rental housing units that are subsidized by federal, state, or local government; Newly constructed residential rental units for a period of five (5) years. For more information contact Richmond Rental Inspection Program at 510-690-8260 or visit: Richmond Rental Inspection Program

Business License Requirement: All owners of rental property are required to have a current business license for each rental property that they own and the business license(s) must be renewed annually. For more information contact Finance Department – Business License Unit at (510) 620-6742 or visit: Richmond Business License Resources

Special Study or Planning: 

Rumrill Boulevard/13th Street Complete Streets Study: This project is a partnership between the City of San Pablo, City of Richmond, Fehr & Peers, Local Government Commission and Contra Costa Health Services. The study will identify and develop improvements to the Rumrill Boulevard/13th Street corridor between Harbour Way in the City of Richmond and Contra Costa College in the City of San Pablo. For more information, contact Lina Velasco, Senior Planner at 510-620-6841 or visit Rumrill Boulevard/13th Street Study. Central Avenue Housing: The project site, ~2.58 acres of land, located at 5620 Central Avenue is planned to have a total of 172 below-market rate apartments. A small portion of the project site lies within the City of El Cerrito, but the majority of the site is in the City of Richmond. For more information, contact Jonelyn Whales, Senior Planner at 510-620-6785 or visit Central Avenue Housing.

Additional Information: •

Dog & Cat Licenses:

Type/Term Unsterilized Sterilized 

1 Year $40.00 $20.00

2 Year $74.00 $37.00

Senior Citizens (65+) Pet License Discount Eligible

For more information visit:

3 Year $110.00 $55.00

City of Richmond

GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY CONTACT INFORMATION Building Inspections Business License Cable and/or Phone

Finance Dept-Business License Unit Comcast SBC PG&E

Electricity Finance Dept Fire Dept Richmond Republic Sanitary Service Garbage PG&E Gas Richmond Housing Authority Housing Dept Permit Dept Planning/Zoning Dept Police Dept Public Works Richmond Sanitary Service Recycling West Contra Costa Unified School Dist. School District EBMUD Water Information Updated: 05/2017

510-620-6868 510-620-6742 510-490-8445 800-310-2355 800-743-5000 510-620-6740 510-307-8031 510-262-1640 800-743-5000 510-621-1300 510-620-6868 510-620-6706 510-233-1214 510-231-3008 510-262-7100 510-231-1100 866-403-2683