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Construction is typically allowed during the hours shown below. Larger developments may have additional restrictions based on their conditions of approval.
Monday through Friday7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday through Sunday8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You must submit your final C&D Waste Management reports through GreenHalo in order to meet the City's Waste Management provisions.
Refer to the Options for Review and Approval of Special Inspection Companies bulletin (IB-009) (PDF) to see your options.
Contact information can be found on the Contractors State License Board website.
Refer to the Contractor's State License Board's Description of Classifications Informational Packet (PDF) to read about the different classifications of work and what licenses are needed for each.
Current building codes can be viewed on the Current Building Codes page.
Most recent fees and charges can be viewed on the Fee Schedules page.
You can apply for permits and download permit cards and documents online at the Virtual Permit Center.
You can contact various staff members and resources through the Building Division Staff Directory.
You can apply for a New Address or Change in Address online at the Virtual Permit Center.
View the Work Requiring a Permit bulletin (IB-022) (PDF) to determine if your type of project needs a permit.
Depending on the type of project, you may or may not need a licensed professional's involvement. Find out if your project does or doesn't by viewing the Building Design Authority bulletin (IB-024) (PDF).
Contact outside agencies required for building permits through the Resource Directory.
Visit the HelloHousing website for more information on low-income rehabilitation.
If you are selling a residential dwelling building containing one through four dwelling units, you'll need to complete the Time of Sale Weatherization Disclosure Form (PDF).
No. The City Attorney cannot provide legal advice or legal services to private citizens. The City Attorney represents the City Council and the City of Concord (including all departments) in legal matters. If you need individual advice or legal representation, please contact your own attorney. Please view our legal resources page for more information.
You may file a small claims court action in the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Information on how to file a small claims court matter can be found here.
Claim forms are available from the City Attorney’s Office: 1950 Parkside Drive, MS/08, Concord, California 94519; (925) 671-3160.
The City Attorney’s Office begins our investigation after a claim is officially filed. Pursuant to the Government Code, we generally have 45 days to investigate a claim. A decision will be issued in writing. Please see the Government Code Section 910, et al. for more information.
The Office of the City Clerk maintains records of official documents. You may contact their Office at (925) 671-3390.
To review or receive a copy of a public record you must first make a request to the City Clerk’s Department or to the City Department that has the records you are requesting. See the California Public Records Act for additional information. Gov't Code §§ 6250-6276.48.
A link to the Concord Municipal Code can be found here.
You may contact Code Enforcement at (925) 671-3075.
All traffic signals and stop sign issues are handled by the Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning Division of Community and Economic Development Department
Issues related to overflowing sewer lines, sidewalks, trees, and street maintenance are handled by the Public Works Department.
Concord has a mandatory rent stabilization ordinance, which landlords must participate in before rents can be increased over 10% in any year. You can find more information at this link.
The City regularly inspects multifamily rental units, information on that program is available at the following link.
Information on the City’s Bed Bug program is available at the following link.
Affordable Housing: A list of income-restricted rental units and other housing assistance is available at the following link.
Concord has rules regarding mobilehome rents, which are available at the following link.
Please contact Contra Costa County’s Animal Services Department for questions relating to animals.
You can find more information about the Ralph M. Brown Act here.
You can find more information about the Government Claims Act here.
You can find more information about the California Public Records Act here.
The City Council meets on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday of each month, unless a special meeting is called by City Council. View the meeting calendar online.
Agendas are posted by the end of the day on the Wednesday before each City Council meeting. View the Council agendas and minutes.
City Council meeting minutes are available on our Council agendas and minutes page.
The public can attend City Council meetings or view them on Concord Cable TV channel 28 (Comast), 29 (Astound), or AT&T U-verse (99). Meetings are also streamed live from the City of Concord website. View live or archived City Council meetings
All of the City Boards and Commissions are listed on our website on the Boards and Commissions page along with information about how to apply. Community residents interested in serving on a board or commission may obtain an application online during the recruitment period. Board members and commissioners are selected by the full City Council through a competitive process.
View current vacancies and more information about how to apply.
Birth, death, and marriage certificates and marriage licenses are issued by Contra Costa County. Please contact the Contra Costa County Clerk Recorder's office by calling 925-335-7900 or see their website for more information about obtaining a certificate.
Please contact the City Attorney's Office at 925-671-3393.
All conflict of interest statements (form 700) for elected officials are available on the Fair Political Practices Commission website.
The Public Records Act defines "public records" as "any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public's business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics."
The Municipal Code is a published compilation of City laws and their revisions organized according to subject matter (arranged by title, chapter, and section). The Municipal Code is updated periodically as new ordinances are adopted by the City Council.
The Ralph M. Brown Act is codified in Government Code Section 54950 et seq. The entire Government Code is available online.
The Political Reform Act is codified in the Government Code Section.
The Public Records Act is codified in Government Code Section 6250 et.seq. The entire Government Code is available online. To submit a request to access any of the City's public records, please email the City Clerk.
You can register to vote on the State of California's website.
The City Council meets on the first, second, and fourth Tuesday of each month.
The City of Concord has declared a local state of emergency due to COVID-19 and is closed to the public. Concord City Council meetings are essential events, therefore they have not been cancelled. However, City of Concord officials and staff will conduct meetings telephonically or otherwise electronically. The City will not make available any physical location from which members of the public may observe the meeting and offer public comment. Instead, members of the public may observe and address the meeting remotely.
View the meeting calendar online.
The public can attend City Council meetings or view them onComcast Channel 28, Wave Channel 29, and U-verse Channel 99. Meetings are also streamed live from the City of Concord website. View live or archived City Council meetings.
Written: All comments received before 3:00 pm the day of the meeting will be posted on the City’s website as “Correspondence” under the relevant agenda item and provided to the City Council members at the meeting. Please email your comments to email@example.com.
Read Aloud During the Meeting: Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org when the Mayor opens the public comment period for the relevant agenda item; please indicate the agenda item and title in your email subject line. If you want your comment read aloud, prominently write “Read Aloud at Meeting” at the top of the email and your comments will be read into the record (not to exceed three minutes at staff’s cadence). If your comments are sent prior to the relevant agenda item, you will be asked to re-send them at the appropriate time.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California Law, it is the policy of the City of Concord to offer its public programs, services and meetings in a manner that is readily accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If you are disabled and require a copy of a public hearing notice, or an agenda and/or agenda packet in an appropriate alternative format; or if you require other accommodation, please contact the ADA Coordinator Tianjun Cao at (925) 671-3243 or Tianjun.email@example.com at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Advance notification within this guideline will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.
To make a complaint, email the Code Enforcement Unit with:
The Code Enforcement Unit may also be contacted via telephone at 925-671-3075.
Once a complaint is received, a Code Enforcement officer will inspect the property within a few business days and work with the owner to correct the problem. Due process requirements for code enforcement cases necessitate a notification and compliance period for the property owner. Generally, code enforcement cases require at least 20 days for resolution.
Code Enforcement staff always seek to first gain voluntary compliance with Code requirements. If you receive a violation notice, contact the assigned Code Enforcement Officer to make certain you are clear on the nature of the violation and what steps are necessary for correction. In most circumstances, you will have 10 days to correct the problem. If the issue remains unresolved after 10 days, a Code Enforcement Officer may issue an Administrative Citation costing up to $500 plus inspection fees.
Currently, the City administration building, the Mayor’s office, and City Clerk’s office are closed. However, staff will continue to answer phones and emails: 925-671-2489, firstname.lastname@example.org.
People may apply for business licenses online here.
Concord’s Finance office will be closed to the public, but staff will continue to answer calls and email: 925-671-3307, BL.email@example.com.
All park playgrounds, basketball courts and bocce courts are closed. People who visit concord parks should adhere to the public health guidelines by maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.
Athletic field rentals reopened on June 29, 2020.
Park restrooms reopened on June 22, 2020.
Picnic tables and BBQ facilities reopened on June 17, 2020.
Tennis and pickleball courts reopened on May 4, 2020 under certain restrictions.
The Concord Skate Park reopened on May 4, 2020 under certain restrictions.
The following Parks and Recreation facilities are currently closed:
The City is accepting and issuing all Building Permit application types. An issued permit does not permit construction in violation of the County Health Order. Violations of the County Health Order will be reported to the Concord Police Department. See the County Executive Summary and Concord Permit Center and Inspection Services March 31, 2020 Update to further clarify which construction project types are allowed under the Order. Permit staff can be reached M-F, 8-3 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-671-3107. For applications, forms, and other permit information visit here.
The City is only performing inspections on permits for new affordable housing units, new medical facilities directly related to COVID-19 response, and emergency repairs per the County Health Order and Executive Summary. The City continues to offer next-day-inspection service for inspection types allowed under the Order. Inspections can be requested at City of Concord Building Inspections or (925) 671-3109.
Public safety remains a top priority. The Police Department’s community service desk and the records department will be closed to the public. However, people can still receive service by phone and email: 925-671-3220, email@example.com.
When calling dispatch, you may be asked a series of questions to assess exposure risk. These questions will allow our officers to utilize the proper personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When appropriate, reports may be taken over the phone to avoid unnecessary contact. If there is an emergency, we will continue to respond in the same expeditious manner necessary to protect lives and property.
The Public Works office is closed, but our crews will be working throughout the community to continue essential maintenance efforts, including pothole repair, graffiti removal, sewer cleaning, streetlight repair, and more.
Please report any problems through the Concord Connect app. For more information, please contact: 925-671-3448, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Concord understands that the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order may present financial challenges for local businesses. To help mitigate these challenges, the City has highlighted a variety of resources that businesses can pursue during this difficult time. The list of resources can be found here: COVID-19 Business Resources.
Contra Costa County issued a shelter-in-place order which can be read here. Under this order, only "essential" businesses are allowed to continue operating.
Businesses that have questions about the shelter-in-place order, can contact Contra Costa Health Services at (844) 729-8410 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pickleball and tennis courts reopened with certain restrictions on May 4, 2020. Court facilities are available for unorganized, recreational play as well as private lessons and camps that comply with current County Health Orders. League play is currently prohibited.
Dog parks reopened June 15, 2020.
Please be advised that the City of Concord may only direct you to the County’s Shelter-in-Place order, which was issued on March 16, 2020. Please refer to Contra Costa Health Services’ website, which provides informative FAQs. They have also set up a Coronavirus call center that is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 844-729-8410.
Many Contra Costa County departments are closed or have limited services available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are available here.
The City of Concord has added a way to report violations by businesses of the County Health Order on the Concord Connect app. To report a problem visit here.
Updates for nutritional programs such as SNAP, Child Nutrition Programs, and WIC Program can be found here.
In California, COVID-19 Waivers and Flexibilities for programs can be found here.
To learn more about Medicare and COVID-19, please visit Medicare’s website.
To learn more about Medi-Cal and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), plesae visit DHCS’s website.
The United States Postal Service is an "essential service" and will continue to operate. To view frequently asked questions on the USPS website, visit here.
If you have become unemployed or partially unemployed, you may file an Unemployment Insurance claim through the State of California Employee Development Department. The Unemployment Insurance program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. To file an Unemployment Insurance claim, visit here (English) or En español.
The U.S. Small Business Administration created a small business guidance and loan resources page. To learn more, visit here.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, has suspended all in-person appointments until further notice. Those who have qualified can call local offices to enroll or certify their status and to obtain future food benefits. Those local offices include Concord (925-646-5370); Brentwood (925-513-6880); Pittsburg (925-431-2460); and San Pablo (510-942-4000). Those who may be eligible can apply by calling 1-800-414-4WIC or by applying here.
The Concord City Council on Wednesday, March 26, 2020 voted unanimously to enact a temporary moratorium on evictions and rent increases, for both residential and commercial properties, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit here.
Outdoor activities in which people can maintain physical distancing from each other are allowed. The following outdoor activities are permitted:
Activities with high-touch equipment or that encourage group gatherings are considered too risky right now, unless you are members of the same household unit. Some examples include:
See Contra Costa Health Services Appendix C-2 for further information regarding additional activities.
The City is continuing to perform Building Code Enforcement for life-safety related items. While the County Health Order is in effect, a permit must be obtained prior to any construction commencing. To report a Code violation or get more information on our Building Code Enforcement services visit Concord Building Code Enforcement.
Because the population numbers in each district are determined by Census numbers, the voting districts will be reviewed every ten years following the Census. The next Census will be conducted in 2020, so the districts will be reviewed after the Census counts are released in 2021, and revised as necessary. If you have any questions email District Elections.
The City received two separate letters from attorneys charging that Concord's at-large elections didn't conform to the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA). Under this statute, local at-large voting systems are prohibited if they "impair the ability of a protected class … to elect candidates of its choice or otherwise influence the outcome of an election." The remedy available under the CVRA is usually for the city to move to district elections.
Considering the significant costs to defend against a CVRA lawsuit and that no city has prevailed, a majority of cities receiving such "CVRA demand letters" have voluntarily transitioned to district-based election systems.
On January 1, 2017, the California Voter Rights Act Reform (AB 350) became effective which allows cities a "safe harbor" following receipt of a CVRA demand letter. This provides 45 days of protection from litigation to assess the situation, and if a resolution declaring an intent to transition to district-based elections is adopted within the 45-day period, then a CVRA action is forestalled for an additional 90-day period, providing the City time to assess and implement a course of action. By taking this approach Concord caps its financial liability at a maximum of $30,000. The Concord City Council decided to move forward with District Elections under the safe harbor provided by the California Voter Rights Act Reform.
Attached ADU; the sewer line can be connected to the main house. Detached ADU; the sewer line can be connected to the main house sewer line at the property line with a sanitary sewer clean out.
* Fees for ADUs located on multi-family properties shall be charged as 40% or smaller than the sq.ft. of the primary dwelling unit.
* * Fees are as of January 1, 2020; Fees are subject to change.
* Fees are as of July 1, 2019; Fees are subject to change.
** See City of Concord Master Fees and Charges – Based on Drainage Area, per acre or sq. ft. County Fees apply to certain areas, per sq. ft.
A Fixture Count Form is required for the commercial property; the fee for each fixture is $1,009. For the Fixture Count Form refer to Fixture Checklist.
Trenchless Method: $1,522.50 including the $500 refundable deposit
Open Trench Method: $2,522.50 including the $1,500 refundable deposit
For any plumbing work done in the public right-of-way, an encroachment permit is required. A permit from the Building Division is also required if any plumbing work takes place on the property.
Encroachment permits are good for 90 days from the date they are issued.
The property owner is responsible and liable for any damaged sidewalk areas adjacent to their homes or businesses.
You can find out more at Sidewalk Repair Program Brochure, or contact Public Works regarding the Sidewalk Repair Program at (925) 671-3448 or via email to Public.Works@cityofconcord.org.
Type of project
Sidewalk: (including the $500 refundable deposit)
Driveway Approach, Residential (including the $500 refundable deposit)
Driveway Approach, Commercial( including the $1,000 refundable deposit)
Sidewalk & Driveway Approach, Residential (including the $500 refundable deposit)
Refer to S-10, S-14 & S-15 of the City Standard Plans and Specifications.
The cost is $167.40 and the permit can be extended anywhere from 30, 60, to an additional 90 days. After that you will have to speak to a supervisor.
Sewer Connection Fee
The city will not do any work; the fees mentioned above are just for the permit and connection fees. Environmental Health will need to be contacted regarding the requirements for septic tank destruction. https://cchealth.org/eh/land-use/
If the driveway is within the private property there will be no permit/fees from the Engineering Division.
The cost of the permit is $333 and it is good for one week.
Yes, a grading permit is required for both. You will also need a permit from the Building Division. Here are the fees:
Type of project*
New Pool, less than 100 cubic yards
New Pool, 100-200 cubic yards
Pool Demo, less than 100 cubic yards
Pool Demo, 100-200 cubic yards
* All fees include a $1,000.00 refundable deposit.
Please refer to the Concord Municipal Code Chapter 18.310: http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Concord/
Please call the Construction Inspection Request Line at (925) 671-3066 or email CD.InspectionScheduler@cityconcord.org
You need a copy of the FEMA map from the City of Concord as well as the following documents: FEMA Document
Please visit CIP’s Project Map for information: CIP Project Map
Please visit our Stormwater Management page:
Stormwater Management Page
You can learn more about the City of Concord's Boards, Commissions, and Committee and apply for those that interest you and you are qualified for.
The City of Concord job opportunities can be found at the following site jobs are available at the city of concord
The City of Concord accepts online applications for open positions listed on our employment page or on www.governmentjobs.com. Please follow the directions carefully in the job announcement, which can also be obtained by contacting the City of Concord Human Resources Department at (925) 671-3308, via email at email@example.com, or by visiting the Human Resources Department at 2974 Salvio Street, Concord, California.
Detailed instructions on how to apply for a position on www.governmentjobs.com can be viewed by clicking HERE.
If you are experiencing account issues, or login issues due to your email address already being in use, please contact Governmentjobs' Applicant Support line at: 855-524-5627.
Yes, a City of Concord online employment application is required to be completed thoroughly. Resumes are only accepted when attached to a completed City application.
Neighborhood watch involves:
If you know your neighborhood has an active Neighborhood Watch and Problem Solving group already formed, join it! If there is no such group, become a leader in your neighborhood and start one! Call 925-671-3075 for more information.
Usually a meeting consists of 10 to 20 neighbors. A typical meeting can last up to two hours. A volunteer will contact you to schedule your first meeting where crime prevention and safety tips will be discussed and resource materials will be distributed. At the conclusion of this meeting, your group will be encouraged to schedule a second meeting, attended by a sworn officer, where crime statistics and problem solving strategies will be discussed. You and your neighbors can continue your Neighborhood Watch efforts by holding additional meetings as often as necessary.
eSports (also known as electronic sports, e-sports, or Esports) is a form of sport competition using video games. eSports often takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions. Generally, eSports can be applied to any type of digital game that is competitive regardless or specific format and theme.
The City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with Mission Control to bring recreational eSports opportunities to our community. Mission Control will manage the league schedule, validate scores, and determine the champion while serving as a community forum for leagues members and friends.
Gamers join Mission Control leagues for a casual social experience doing something they love with their community.
There is no cost associated with leagues until April 2021. Future leagues will cost range in cost from $5.00-$20.00 per person.
Participants must have access to their own gaming equipment, consoles online network (Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Switch Online) is required.
Participants will also need to download the Mission Control App.
Equipment is not provided currently. In-person leagues are an option for the future where participants would have access to all necessary equipment.
Registration for the session 1 winter league will close Friday December 18th.
Winter Session 1 runs December 21st-January 29th.
eSports allows our community to stay connected and competitive in a world that is increasingly becoming virtual. Participants will be able to meet new people and make friends through Mission Control’s platform, while playing their favorite games in the comfort and safety of their homes.
Cognitive and Social Development Improve cognitive and social development including hand-eye coordination, problem solving, critical thinking, strategy and skill development, and boosts self confidence.
Collegiate Scholarships: Over 280 colleges today feature eSports scholarship programs. These programs operate similarly to traditional programs, and sometimes operate out of the college’s athletic department.
For preregistration questions or additional program information, please contact Devynn Darner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once entered into the league, Mission Control can answer any questions regarding game schedules, settings, standings, or navigating the app.
The winner of each league will received a gift card to one of Concord’s local businesses.
No, we welcome families from everywhere. Concord Residents do receive a discount as property and other taxes help support this and other City of Concord programs.
You can check in at camp and receive your cabin assignment after 3 p.m. on your first day of camp. Early check-ins usually cannot be accommodated; we ask that you plan your trip to camp appropriately. Once you arrive at camp, please check in at the Camp Office. The Camp Office is the first building on your right when you drive in to camp; you will see a gate and signage. Pull into the loop, and camp staff will help you from there.
We will welcome you, give you a schedule, show you around camp and help you to your cabin. You will need your confirmation receipt, sign a liability waiver and a provide $5 key deposit (cash or check only) at the time of check in. Our hospitality staff will take you on a tour, assist you to your cabin, show you where to park and are available to help unload your car.
If you have any birthdays, anniversaries, or any special requests please make sure to let the hospitality staff aware at check in. We will do our best to meet your special needs. Make sure to fill out a Family Health form which provides camp staff with information such as dietary restrictions and needs prior to your arrival. Camp Staff will double check with you when you check in to make sure we have the correction information.
You will stay in a nice, rustic and cozy cabin complete with beds and mattresses, a small table and shelves. All beds have a fitted sheet. You just need to provide bedding - sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. All our Family Camp cabins have electricity and are within easy walking distance to our bathhouse.
Our Family Camp Bathhouse brings some of the luxuries of home to camping. There is plenty of hot water, forced air heaters over the changing stalls, as well as updated floors, sinks, counters and toilets. Our handicap restroom meets current ADA standards, and we have an enclosed laundry room with washers and dryers for your convenience. Additional bathrooms are located off the dining hall.
Approximate meal times are as follows:
Each family is assigned a table at the beginning of their stay. This helps both the camp staff and your family get its bearings and makes sure you receive your famous “Camp Welcome Treat.” If you wish to change where your family is seated, please do so. We do ask that you do not displace another family without asking prior.
After you’re done eating in the dining hall, please clear all of your dishes. There are garbage cans in front of the dish washing window. Please scrape your plates into the garbage cans, and place your dirty dishes on the metal counter inside the dish washing window.
The Dining Hall is open 24 hours a day. The lights are dimmed and placed on a motion sensor around 11 p.m. You are welcome to bring your own lantern. Quiet Time begins at 10 p.m. (so please lower your voices or bring out that book). Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is usually available until 10:30/11 p.m. A microwave is also available for your use.
The Green Room is located off the dining hall. It’s a great place to enjoy various board games (please check them out from the office), watch a movie, play pool or sit down and enjoy a book. The green room is open 24 hours; we just ask that you pick up after yourself and return games to the Camp Office when you’re done.
Camp-wide quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Please keep noise to a minimum during this time, so that others can sleep.
A list and descriptions of our weekly activities is available in the dining hall on the Family Camp Schedule Board. There are several activities that we ask families to sign-up in advance for, including Kid’s Hours and van shuttles to off-site activities. Signing up for these activities in advance gives us enough time to plan and adjust staffing as needed to make sure that everyone is getting the best experience possible. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
There also is a board which gives you additional information on other optional activities. These are activities that you are more than welcome to do on your own, but please note that staff may not be able to join you. For more information on these activities, make sure to visit the Camp Office.
Children, 3 to 17 years old, can participate in our Kids Hours, which are offered twice a day. We break campers into age groups and plan our activities to meet their abilities. Camp Concord staff provides guidance and supervision to ensure a safe and memorable experience for our younger campers. Parents can take a break and kids can have fun playing with other kids their own age.
Please sign up in advance, so we ensure we are staffing each age group appropriately. On most days we are able to accept all campers, however occasionally, to ensure safety, we may need to limit participation. Utilizing our sign-up board is the best way to ensure your child can participate.
Please note: If your preschooler is not potty-trained, a parent must be available, if needed, on camp to change diapers.
One or two nights a week, depending on our campers, we have organized Teen Activities. These activities may include a movie night, trip to mini-golf, a night hike, or arts and craft projects. Check the Sign-Up Board for all of the details. And don’t forget to sign-up if you are interested to ensure these activities are not cancelled due to lack of participation.
Children have the opportunity to become a "Nature Ranger" and earn a special badge/award by participating in and completing activities. These may include a camp clean up, nature hikes, camp games or a camp improvement project. A list of requirements is available in the Dining Hall.
The Camp Store and Office is located near the entrance of camp. As well as being the welcome center and hub of administrative activities, the Camp Store has a variety of frequently forgotten supplies and other camp spirit items available for purchase. Please note that we only accept checks and cash on camp; we cannot accept credit or debit cards at this time.
Tuesday Nights we offer a “Night on the Town,” with a shuttle service to the Casino’s. Ask the camp staff about departure and pick-up times. Child watch is provided (free) for our younger campers - just make sure to sign them up in advance.
During Kids Hours, adults can:
From the Camp Office, you can get directions and information on the many hikes and bike trails, so you can explore the beautiful area surrounding the camp. There is also visitor’s center just down the road with information on other natural areas nearby. Be sure to read our daily Camp Caller Newsletter found on your table, and listen for other announcements at mealtimes for an update on activities.
Every evening at 4:30 p.m. there is an Adult’s Only Social Hour, sponsored by the Friends of Camp Concord. This corresponds with our 2nd Kids Hour of the day to make it a natural time for parents to relax and get to know the other families in camp. We provide drinks and appetizers on the deck.
The large circle of benches and chairs located in the middle of cabins 1 and 6 is known as the Family Camp Fire Pit. It is a great place to read a book, meet new people, or simply relax for a while as the camp day slides by. The Family Camp Fire Pit is also a social hub of camp, and staff will light a fire each night upon request or you can build a Campfire of your own here. Please remember Camp Concord is located in a National Forest, and camp fires should never be left unattended. You will need to use the water hose nearby and put out the fire as necessary.
Quiet Time begins at 10 p.m, so late night gathers around the fire pit need to keep noise to a minimum, so that other campers are not disturbed.
Yes, and please feel free to create and enjoy the warmth. Most mornings you will find the Fireplace lit by 7 a.m, but if you wish you can build an early morning or evening fire here and gather as well.
Camp Concord is operated under a special use permit with the U.S. Forest Service. We are responsible for maintaining the property, so future generations can enjoy it as much as we do. Per special use permit regulations, please do not alter any buildings, paths, or dig holes at camp. Any building or repairs must be completed by Camp or City of Concord staff. Alterations require prior approval by the City of Concord and U.S. Forest Service as a requirement for maintaining our permit.
Beginning summer of 2010, the National Forest Service, in cooperation with several other organizations, alerted camp grounds and travelers of a growing threat to the area lakes from aquatic invasive species. Aquatic invasive species pose a real and serious threat to the Tahoe Basin’s unique natural environment and economy. Prevention efforts such as the watercraft inspection program aim to avoid introduction of harmful species, such as quagga and zebra mussels and New Zealand mud snails.
If you plan to bring your own canoe, kayak or other watercraft to camp, we ask that you check in the Camp Office for information on what you can do to help prevent the spread of these species.
The Friends of Camp Concord is a non-profit group established by former Family Campers and staff, with the goal of providing scholarships for children and families to attend camp and to help provide facility improvements and new equipment.
Twice a year, the Friends of Camp Concord sponsors Work Weekends. During these times we are actively looking for volunteers to help us maintain the beautiful facilities and forest. Over these weekends we have a variety of jobs to accomplish and people of all skill levels are welcome. In return for your time and effort we will provide you with a cabin, meals and more opportunities to build friendships. If you are interested in helping please inquire in the Camp Office about this year’s Work Weekend dates. Work Weekend volunteers also automatically become members of the Friends of Camp Concord and are entitled to early registration and choice of cabin at camp.
More information on the Friends of Camp Concord can be found on our Friends of Camp Concord page or by asking any Camp staff member.
For years, South Lake Tahoe Refuse has been an all-in-one container garbage and recycling service. Essentially, they sort our garbage for us, which includes picking out recyclables.
Absolutely! Just love us and tell us so. If you want to express your gratitude with other gratuities we would happily accept and appreciate any camp donation. Financial donations to camp can be made to the Friends of Camp Concord. Your donation will be used to provide the staff with an end-of-the summer dinner celebration, as well as support future projects at camp. We ask that all donations are brought directly to the Camp Office.
All items found on camp or picked up at an off-site activity are brought to the Camp Office. We generally keep lost and found items for two weeks and then donate all items to charity. We do not recommend charging cell phones, cameras and the like in public bathroom and laundry facilities. Though it is unusual, valuables can be a temptation for people. Please charge any electronics in your cabin.
It’s sad, but true - at some point you will have to leave Camp Concord. Breakfast is your last meal in camp; as check out time is 11 a.m. We will provide a bag lunch for you on your last day, just please complete a request form the night before. Come check out in the Camp Office, pick up a small token of our appreciation and confirm your email address, so we can send you a camp evaluation. Sharing your thoughts on your Camp Concord stay helps us know what went well during your vacation and where we might be able to make improvements.
Take Highway 50 to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. At the junction of Highways 50 and 89 North (better known as “the Y”), there will be a four-way stoplight. Drive straight ahead, and you will be on Highway 89. Continue past Camp Richardson and over Taylor Creek Bridge. After crossing the bridge, look for Camp Concord sign and Baldwin Beach sign on your right (about a fourth of a mile). A little further down the road, you will make a left turn off the highway at the large Camp Concord sign, and then follow the signs making a series of lefts to get into camp.
Camp Concord Family Camp staff understands most people think of their pet as part of the family. Everyone’s pet is very special, and the majority of pets are well-behaved. However, for reasons of sanitation, public health, liability, environmental impact, and safety of all campers, pets are not allowed at camp. Thank you for understanding.
The City of Concord has established permit parking areas in order to alleviate, in certain areas and neighborhoods, motor vehicle congestion. If you live in a permit parking neighborhood, you must submit an application for a permit if you are going to park on the street. After doing so, you will be asked to provide evidence of residency within the permit parking area and evidence of vehicle ownership with the vehicle registered to the same address as the resident.
Appropriate evidence shall include, but not be limited to, a current vehicle registration, a current driver’s license, a recent utility bill, or photocopies of these items, and the appropriate application fee, if any, established in the Resolution Establishing Fees and Charges for Various Municipal Services. You can apply for a residential parking permit online.
A guest parking permit may be issued in a designated permit parking area upon receipt of a completed application. Among the items required in said application shall be evidence of the applicant’s residency within a designated permit parking area, the license plate number of the guest’s vehicle; and the address of the residence being visited, which must coincide with the applicant’s address. You can apply for a guest parking permit online.
From time to time certain neighborhood groups want to have city streets closed for the purpose of conducting block parties or other similar neighborhood events. In the interest of public safety, the City Council has established a procedure for granting permits authorizing the temporary closure of city streets by the Chief of Police upon application. You can apply for a block party permit online.
Vacation House Checks are offered to Concord Residents free of charge. Trained volunteers will perform a thorough inspection of your property while you are away. Vacation house checks include a perimeter check, physical and/or visual check of all doors and windows, verification of vehicles left on the property, and verification of any people found on the property. You can request a vacation house check online.
The Video Camera Registry Program is a website that allows residents and business owners to work in partnership with the Concord Police Department to help address crime issues by registering the locations of their video security systems. By providing this information to us, we will then be able to see where cameras are located within the City. If you register your camera, we may contact you if we are conducting a criminal investigation near your cameras.
We will always ask permission to review the video from your security system and may ask if we can make a copy onto a storage device. Your camera may have captured information that can help us investigate these crimes. Recordings at the time of an incident may provide useful information related to the crime, such as a vehicle and person descriptions and directions of travel both before and after an event. You can register your video cameras online.
Parking citations can be paid online, over the phone at 1-800-989-2058, in person at the Concord Police Department, or via mail to:City of Concord C/OThe Citation Processing CenterP.O. Box 10479Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479
Parking citations may be appealed within 21 days of issuance online, or via mail at:City of Concord C/OThe Citation Processing CenterP.O. Box 10479Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479.
To appeal your citation, please provide the following information:
If you are appealing a disabled parking citation, please include the following with your appeal:
Any traffic complaint that involves a life-threatening situation such as a road rage incident can be made by calling 911. Other traffic complaints may include but are not limited to speeders in your neighborhood, abandoned vehicles on the street, junk vehicles on private property, and parking violation complaints. These types of complaints can be reported by using one of the following options.
To request a copy of a report:
Send an email to email@example.com and include:
Once you receive a response stating the report(s) is ready for release and you are authorized to receive the report(s), go to www.cityofconcord.org/ccpayments to make the payment.
If you submitted an online ePolice Report, go to https://www.epolicereport.com/asp/pdweb.asp and fill in the required fields. You will be able to save or print the report from your computer.
Contact the Records Bureau by calling 925-671-3240.
Visit the city's employment website, or for questions regarding a specific position, email Human Resources.
Opportunities for volunteering at the Concord Police Department include the following:
Each program is distinctly different, so check out which one would suit your specific needs.
To check for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood, please visit the Megan's Law website maintained by the State of California Attorney General's office. If you have additional questions, please contact the Special Victims Unit at 925-671-3020.
Visit the Contra Costa County website to find out how to get a restraining order.
Live scan fingerprinting is available to the public. Contact the community service desk at 925-671-3220 for details.
Anyone interested in Neighborhood Watch should call 925-671-3075, or email the Police Department.
From 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., contact Maintenance Services at 925-671-3132. After hours, contact Police Dispatch at 925-671-3333.
View the citizen academy page for information about joining an academy.
Fill out the alarm permit application and review the false alarm brochure (PDF) to get a permit.
Visit the report a crime page to find out how to report a crime online.
Visit Concord's towed/impounded vehicle portal to find out how to get your vehicle back.
The visit will take one to two hours, depending on the size of your home.
Since 1994, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity has evolved from a modest renewable energy education center and demonstration site into a leading green workforce development and residential efficiency services organization serving 20 cities throughout Northern California. Since the launch of Climate Careers / Green House Calls Program in 2000, Rising Sun has employed over 1,842 young adults, served over 46,000 homes, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 113,000 metric tons.
January 1, 2021
New Units/New Construction:
February 6, 2020
A multiunit residence includes any property containing two or more residences or any attached residence, or a residence sharing a common wall. It also applies to the following unit types and circumstances:
Manufactured homes (typically known as RV parks and mobile home parks)
Dwelling areas in residential facilities such as group homes
Residential care facilities
Permanent supportive housing
Assisted living facilities
Emergency and homeless shelters
Single-family detached homes
Accessory dwelling units
20% of motel or hotel rooms
An outdoor designated smoking area may be established by the property owner if it meets certain criteria, such as being at least 25 feet away from an area used by children.
The ban on smoking in and around multiunit developments applies to the interior areas of housing units, as well as private exclusive-use unenclosed space (e.g. patios, balconies, decks, or porches, etc.). However, designated outdoor smoking areas based on specific criteria may be permitted.
The smoking ban is required to be included in lease and rental agreement provisions. The provisions must inform existing and prospective tenants and owners that smoking is prohibited in the unit, including exclusive-use unenclosed areas such as decks and balconies, and common areas that are not designated as a smoking area.
The regulation allows for a private right of enforcement (civil action), meaning that a neighbor or other concerned party can file a civil action in a court of law if they believe the ordinance is being violated. The ban is also subject to enforcement by the City of Concord.
Smoking in a unit or a common area that is not designated as a smoking area would be a violation of apartment/HOA regulations. Contact your property manager first. In addition, occupants may enforce these provisions by filing a civil action in a court of law.
Additional information on legal options.
Smoking, including the use of electronic smoking devices (vaping) containing, any tobacco, nicotine, vaping aerosol, or cannabis product are prohibited by this ordinance.
Every landlord should deliver the following on or before July 1, 2020 to each existing unit and shall provide prospective tenants with:
A written notice clearly stating:
All units are designated as nonsmoking units. Smoking is illegal in a unit, including any associated exclusive-use area or unenclosed area, such as a private balcony, porch, deck, or patio as of January 1, 2021; and
Smoking in all common areas is illegal, unless an outdoor space is designated as a smoking area.
Every lease or rental agreement entered into, renewed, or continued month-to-month after January 1, 2021 shall include the following provisions:
A clause expressly conveying that it is a material breach of the agreement to knowingly or intentionally allow, or engage in, smoking in the unit and exclusive-use areas such as balconies, porches, or patios, or common areas, other than a designated smoking area.
A clause expressly conveying that it is a material breach of the agreement for the tenant to violate any law regulating smoking while on the property or to knowingly and intentionally allow any other person subject to control of the tenant to engage in such behavior.
Clear and unambiguous “No Smoking/Vaping” signs in sufficient numbers and locations are required in common areas where smoking is prohibited. The signs shall be maintained by the person(s) with legal control over of the common area. Signage is not required inside units or on doorways.
The smoking ban will remain in effect at all multiunit properties regardless of whether signage has been posted.
• 1 de enero del 2021
Nuevas unidades/Nueva construcción:
• 6 de febrero del 2020
Una residencia de multiunidades incluye cualquier propiedad que contenga dos o más residencias o cualquier residencia adjunta, o una residencia que comparta una pared en común. También se aplica a los siguientes tipos y circunstancias de unidades:
• Casas móviles
• Casas fabricadas (típicamente conocidas como parques de RV y parques de casas móviles)
• Viviendas en instalaciones residenciales como viviendas grupales
• Centros residenciales de atención
• Vivienda de apoyo permanente
• Vivienda de transición
• Instalaciones de vida asistida
• Refugios de emergencia y para personas sin hogar
• Viviendas unifamiliares
• Unidades de vivienda adicionales dentro de una propiedad
• 20% de las habitaciones de un motel u hotel
El propietario puede establecer una zona de fumadores al aire libre si cumple ciertos criterios, como el estar al menos a 25 pies de distancia de un área utilizada por los niños.
La prohibición de fumar dentro y alrededor de viviendas de multiunidades se aplica a las áreas interiores de las unidades de vivienda, así como al espacio privado de uso exclusivo sin cerrar (por ejemplo, patios, balcones, terrazas o porches, etc.). Sin embargo, se pueden permitir áreas designadas para fumadores al aire libre en función de criterios específicos.
La prohibición de fumar debe incluirse en las disposiciones del contrato de arrendamiento y alquiler. Las disposiciones deben informar a los inquilinos y propietarios existentes y potenciales de que está prohibido fumar en la unidad, incluidas las áreas no cerradas de uso exclusivo, como terrazas y balcones, y las áreas comunes que no están designadas como zona para fumadores.
El reglamento permite un derecho privado de ejecución (acción civil), lo que significa que un vecino u otra parte interesada puede presentar una acción civil en un tribunal si cree que se está violando la ordenanza.
Fumar en una unidad o un área común --en o después del 1 de enero de 2020-- que no está designada como un área para fumadores sería una violación de un contrato de arrendamiento o alquiler. Póngase en contacto primero con su gerente de la propiedad. Asimismo, los ocupantes pueden hacer cumplir estas disposiciones presentando una acción civil en una corte.
Información adicional sobre opciones legales.
Los cigarrillos, incluido el uso de dispositivos electrónicos para fumar (vapeos) que contengan tabaco, nicotina, aerosol de vapeo o producto de cannabis, están prohibidos por esta ordenanza.
Cada arrendador debe entregar lo siguiente el o antes del 1 de julio de 2020 a cada unidad existente y deberá proporcionar a los posibles inquilinos con:
• Un aviso por escrito que indique claramente:
• Una copia de o la dirección web de la Ordenanza No 19-7.
Todo contrato de arrendamiento o alquiler que se firme, que se renueve o se continúe de mes a mes después del 1 de enero del 2021 incluirá las siguientes disposiciones:
Se requieren avisos/carteles claros e inequívocos de "No fumar/Vapear" en suficientes números y lugares en las áreas comunes donde está prohibido fumar. Los avisos serán mantenidos por la(s) persona(s) con control legal sobre la zona común. No se requiere avisos dentro de las unidades ni en las puertas.
La prohibición de fumar seguirá vigente en todas las viviendas de mulltiunidades, independientemente de si se han colocado avisos/carteles.
Polystyrene, commonly referred to by its trade name as "Styrofoam," is a petroleum-based plastic derived from a styrene monomer. Because polystyrene is a lightweight material with insulation properties, it is commonly used to manufacture a variety of single-use disposable products, such as cups, takeout containers, and other food and beverage service ware.
"Food and beverage providers" means any vendor, business, store, organization, or group, including any retail food establishments, located or operating within Concord that sells, vends, or serves non-prepackaged food or beverages regardless of whether there is a charge for the food or beverage such as:
Applicable food and beverage providers include but are not limited to:
Prepackaged foods in foam cups or trays like ramen noodles, raw eggs, or raw meat trays are exempt from the ban. Also, service ware exempt from the ban includes:
Additionally, retail items containing polystyrene foam that are sold in bulk or individually to customers and are not used to sell, vend, or serve food or beverages at the time of sale are not included in the ban.
Installation of crosswalks require a thorough evaluation of the area including accessibility, presence of crosswalks near concerned location, sidewalks and ADA ramps. The City reviews such requests on a case-by-case basis.
To request crosswalks on your street, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Bicycle & Pedestrian. Provide a detailed address and description of the location.
Installation of new traffic control devices requires detailed evaluation to determine the most suitable control type for the intersection as well as its impacts on neighboring streets and intersections. An engineering study that supports the need for the new device is required before it can be approved for installation.
The City must compete with other municipalities for limited grant funds to pay for new traffic control device installations. The City will log the locations where requests are made and then include them in future grant funding applications if justified by engineering study.
To request a review for new stop sign or traffic signal, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > New Traffic Control Device Request. Provide a detailed description of the intersection, approach, movement and specific issues resulting in the need for the requested traffic control.
To request installation of new signage and/or pavement markings, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > New Traffic Control Device Request. Provide a detailed address and description of the location and issue.
Upon receiving the request, City staff will review and evaluate the need and feasibility of installation of the requested signage and/or marking. The City also considers other options and interim measures that could address the issue based on available funding. This process could take up to eight weeks depending on the number of other active requests under review.
To request repair of existing signage and/or pavement markings, contact the Public Works Department via Concord Connect and select Public Works > Street Sign Repair. Provide a detailed address and description of the location of the sign/pavement marking and the issue.
To request removal of signage and/or pavement markings, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Transportation - Other. Provide a detailed address and description of the location and issue.
Upon receiving the request, City staff will review and evaluate if the removal of signage and/or marking is justified. This process could take up to eight weeks depending on the number of other active requests under review.
Per the City of Concord Municipal Code, Section 10.30.050, “no vehicle shall remain on any street or alley for more than a consecutive period of 72 hours.”
The City will remove and administer enforcement for abandoned/inoperative vehicles per City of Concord Municipal Code, Chapter 8.25 Neighborhood Preservation, Article V. Abandoned, Wrecked, Dismantled, and Inoperative Vehicles.
To report abandoned vehicles, contact the Concord Police Department via Concord Connect and select Police Department > Parking – Abandoned Vehicles. Provide detailed description and location of the vehicle. You can also upload photos of the vehicle that clearly show the vehicle’s license plate number.
If you observe a vehicle parked illegally per California Vehicle Code 22500, you can report it by contacting the Concord Police Department via Concord Connect and select Police Department > Parking – Illegally Parked Vehicles.
Provide detailed description and location of the vehicle. You can also upload photos of the vehicle that clearly show the vehicle’s license plate number.
The City has stopped installing and repainting red curb on streets with a speed limit below 30 MPH except under special circumstances, which are assessed on a case-by-case basis. The City considers several factors such as restriction of access to a street due to a parked vehicle, unsafe sight distance and turning maneuvers, bus stops, etc. If the request is approved, the City will provide a one-time installation of red curb.
You can submit a request to the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Parking/Red Curb Request. Provide a detailed address and description of the location and issue.
To inquire about parking permits, please contact Parking Services at 925-671-3259.
Permit parking may be requested by a neighborhood through a petition process as identified in the City of Concord Municipal Code, Article VI. Permit Parking Areas, Sections 10.30.370 - 10.30.480.
Upon receipt of petition, City staff will review the locations and time restrictions proposed for permits and provide a recommendation for City Council approval if deemed appropriate. Click here for current permit parking petition. You may also contact Parking Services at 925-671-3259.
The City regularly receives requests to curb speeding on local and arterial streets. The Transportation Division maintains a log of all locations in need of traffic calming measures such as, but not limited to, speed and warning signs, turn restriction signs, chokers, and bulb-outs. Traffic calming measures are implemented as funds become available.
In the meantime, you can contact the Concord Police Department for speeding and enforcement issues via Concord Connect and select Police Department > General Questions. Provide a detailed description of the location and issue.
As of 2009, speed hump installation costs are funded entirely by the requesting neighborhood/residents. Please refer to the City’s Speed Hump Review and Installation Process for more information.
If a traffic signal has suddenly switched to red flashing operation or has gone dark due to a power outage, contact the Public Works Department via Concord Connect and select Public Works > Traffic Signals.
Provide a detailed description of the location of the intersection, approximate time of day, and issue. You may also call the City of Concord Public Works Department at 925-671-3448 to specify your concern.
The City relies on the residents to provide feedback on traffic signal operations within the City. Upon receiving a request, City staff reviews the request and conducts a thorough investigation on the issues faced. Staff conducts field review of the location and evaluates feasibility of adjusting signal timings. Most major corridors within the City of Concord are part of a coordinated and interconnected signal system, so changes made to one intersection can affect other movements and intersections in the system(s). Signal timing changes are made only after thorough field review, justification, and evaluation of feasibility and potential impacts. This process can take up to several months due to the intensive analysis required.
For all traffic signal timing issues, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Traffic Signal Operation.
Provide the intersection name, movement of concern, time of day, and specific issue. The more information you provide us, the better we can help you.
The City is actively working to resolve congestion issues within Concord with several ongoing and planned projects. General traffic congestion issues are evaluated as a system based on requests logged over time rather than on an individual case-by-case basis. The City’s interconnected roadway systems require a coordination plan, and adjustments to the plan involves extensive field review, data collection and analysis. This process can take up to several months.
If you are facing heavy delays and congestion in your neighborhood, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Transportation - Other.
Provide a detailed description of the roadway, intersection, approach, movement, approximate time of day, and specific issues.
Street light outages should be reported to the Public Works Department. On the Concord Connect main page, select Public Works > Street Light Outage.
Provide a detailed address and description of the location of the street light outage, and include the street light pole number with your request. You may also call the City of Concord Public Works Department at 925-671-3448 to specify your concern.
For traffic signal detection issues, contact the Public Works Department via Concord Connect and select Public Works > Traffic Signals. Provide the intersection name, movement of concern and time of day that this issue occurred.
Requests for Tree Trimming can be addressed to the Public Works Department. On the Concord Connect main page, select Public Works > Fallen Tree or Limb. Provide a detailed address and description of the location/intersection and direction of travel.
If you observe a consistent pattern of vehicles not adhering to stop signs, contact the Police Department via Concord Connect and select Police Department > General Questions.
Provide a detailed address, description of the location and concern, and the time of day the issue is observed.
Turn restrictions based on individual requests are not being implemented at this time. Turn restrictions require extensive data collection and origin-destination study as well as evaluation of impacts to neighboring streets and intersections. The City is currently undertaking a study that will identify the extent of cut-through traffic, locations, and potential mitigation measures. Upon completion of the study and approval of recommended mitigation measures, City Staff will develop an implementation plan to address this issue. This study is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
If you are experiencing cut-through traffic in your neighborhood, contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Transportation - Other.
Provide a detailed description of the street/neighborhood where the cut-through traffic is occurring.
If you do not find an answer here, please contact the Transportation Division via Concord Connect and select Transportation > Transportation - Other.
Please provide your name, email address and phone number, and a detailed description of the issue, and City Staff will contact you.
A police officer who has reasonable cause to believe that a minor is in violation of the curfew regulations may release the minor to his or her parent or legal guardian either at the scene of the detention, at the minor's permanent or temporary home, at the police department, or elsewhere at the direction of the parent or legal guardian.
After a first violation, the Police Department will send the parent or legal guardian a letter notifying them that they may be fined for a subsequent violation. For a second violation, the parent or legal guardian may be billed at a rate of $85 per hour for the actual detention and transportation of the minor.
The juvenile may also be cited into municipal court. Upon adjudication, the judge, referee, or hearing officer may do any of the following:
No. The law prohibits status offenders, such as curfew violators or truants, from being mixed with adults or juveniles arrested for robbery, assault or other criminal offenses.