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The license form is available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).
Forms are available online in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).
Forms are also available at the Animal Shelter at 1345 W Kettleman Lane. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The shelter is closed Sundays and observed holidays.
Payments may be made in person at the Lodi Animal Shelter at 1345 West Kettleman Lane. Paying by mail, however, is also available. Payments can be mailed to:1345 W. Kettleman Lane, Lodi Ca 95242.
Licenses may be obtained at any time, but they will not be valid after the rabies certificate's expiration date. Licenses must be renewed before their expiration dates.
Licensing pets encourages a healthy pet population and allows lost pets to quickly be reunited with their owners. Additionally, licensing is required by the Lodi Municipal Ordinance. Pet owners who fail to license their dogs or cats could face legal sanctions.
Poor diet and limited exercise are the main causes of weight gain.
Surgery is done under anesthesia so there is little to no pain.
One intact male can impregnate hundreds of females.
Ask your veterinarian, but have it done as early as possible before your pet is sexually active.
It depends on the age, size, sex, and health of the pet. Vouchers may be available to low-income residents of Lodi. Contact the Animal Shelter for more information at 209-333-6741.
Your dog's instinct to defend his turf won't be affected, and he'll be less likely to wander off.
defend his turf
Brownfields are vacant and underutilized properties previously used for industrial or commercial activities that may have resulted in contamination from petroleum or hazardous substances but can be cleaned up and reused.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”
Property owners, businesses, and developers who clean up and reuse brownfields provide benefits to themselves and their communities, including:
Grant funding can be used to inventory, assess, and conduct cleanup/reuse planning for priority sites at no cost to the property owner. Additional information is included in the following documents:
Sites eligible for grant-funded activities include private- or public-owned properties with known or suspected contamination and properties where sale, reuse, or redevelopment is planned. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Eligible sites may include (but are not limited to):
Eligible sites may not be included on the Environmental Protect Agency National Priority “Superfund” List or targeted for any federal or state enforcement action. The property owner must provide site access for assessment.
Participation is voluntary and no grant match is required. Sites that are nominated for grant funds will be prioritized based on factors such as redevelopment potential. Prioritized sites must meet certain eligibility requirements.
The City will submit an eligibility request to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting use of grant funding on the owner’s behalf. If approved, the property owner will work with the City’s environmental consultant (Stantec) to coordinate the environmental site assessment (ESA) and/or related activities. The owner will receive a report with findings and recommendations.
The program and funding are committed through September of 2018. Additional information is included in the following:
Is there a site in your neighborhood or one that you own that you think would benefit from the Environmental Protection Agency funding assistance? Property owners and community members are encouraged to nominate sites for use of grant funds by submitting a Site Nomination Application (PDF) to the City.
On March 7, 2018, the Lodi City Council adopted Ordinance 1949 establishing and implementing by-district elections. City Council Members are elected on a by-district basis from five single-member Council districts by voters residing in the district in which the Council Member resides. Council Members hold four-year terms. Elections for members of the Council are held in November of even-numbered years. There is no limit to how many terms a person may serve as a Lodi City Council Member.
In a by-district election system, the City is divided into districts. Each council member is elected by the registered voters of the particular district in which the council member resides.
Over the last several years, cities, school districts, and community college districts throughout the State have been changing from at-large to by-district elections to comply with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA) and/or to avoid litigation. The CVRA expands the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 by eliminating key requirements including geographical compactness of a minority group and the group’s ability to form a majority in a district.
By eliminating these important elements in the federal law, State law made it easier for plaintiffs to sue and prevail. Not a single jurisdiction has prevailed in litigation under the CVRA; several jurisdictions have paid millions in out-of-court settlements and all challenged jurisdictions have transitioned from at-large elections.
On October 31, 2017, the City of Lodi received a letter of complaint from the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) alleging that the City of Lodi is in violation of the CVRA and must convert to a by-district election. Based on this threat of litigation, the City Council transitioned from at-large to by-district elections to mitigate costs associated with potential legal challenges under the CVRA.
The City conducted a number of meetings and public hearings to gather community input from residents. Public participation is always strongly encouraged for such a transition. Draft maps were drawn by a demographer based on community input.
At the end of the process, after all public input was received and considered, the City Council selected a final map (PDF) and adopted an ordinance (PDF) establishing a by-district election system.
In accordance with applicable law, districts must:
A community of interest is a distinctive area that has a definable group of people, unique geography or some other distinguishable feature or characteristic. A professional demographer will assist in drawing and meeting the requirements of the criteria.
community of interest
The new process is staggered consistent with the City’s existing electoral process. The first election held using the newly-formed districts occurred in November 2018 and three seats were voted upon. The second election will occur in November 2020 and two seats will be voted upon.
With the transition complete, all subsequent elections will be held by-district.
Beginning in 2018, Lodi residents have the opportunity to vote for candidates who run in the district in which they live. Once elected, these council members will provide direct geographic and demographic representation to their district. All five Council Members will continue to vote on all matters that come before the City Council.
There are a number of online publications and guides to redistricting, including:
A number of meetings and public hearings were held prior to the adoption of the district-based election system. For specific information about the districting process, please contact:
Visit Draw Lodi to view draft maps or learn additional information and frequently asked questions. You can also access the Lodi online districting site. You will be required to create a user account and password.
It may be possible to make arrangements for payments to bring your account current. If you have a past due amount, it is necessary for you to contact the City of Lodi Finance Department to avoid having your service interrupted. Call 209-333-6717 or visit the Finance Department at 310 W Elm Street.
Contact a Lodi Electric Utility (LEU) representative to discuss ways to save energy. You may also visit Lodi Electric for energy saving tips and rebate information. Additionally, you may contact Efficiency Services Group (ESG) to discuss rebates or request a free energy audit. Contact ESG at 855-516-2105.
You may qualify for the medical discount if a full-time resident of the household regularly requires use of life support equipment or has a medical condition requiring other space heating or cooling needs. To receive this discount, a doctor must certify the special energy needs of the patient. For more information, contact the Lodi Electric Utility at 209-333-6762.
Most electric meters have four or five digits. Example: If your current meter read is 16,937 and your previous month’s meter read was 16,125, then your electric consumption for the month would be the difference or 812 kilowatt-hours. (A kilowatt-hour is equal to using 1,000 watts of power for one hour.)
At the Finance Department at 310 West Elm Street:
The following locations are also authorized to take City of Lodi payments:
Mail payments to:P.O. Box 3006Lodi, CA 95241-1910
You may pay by phone using the new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. Call the toll free number 844-778-1882 and follow the verbal instructions to pay by e-check or credit card.
You may pay your bill online. Thousands of our customers have set up online electronic payment accounts. It's convenient, easy, and allows customers to view a history of their bills and payments online. There's no charge for this service. Customers can link a bank account or a credit card to make the payment. You may also set up automatic or recurring payments.
You may also use the Pay by Text option to quickly and conveniently pay from your Smartphone or tablet. Simply register your account online and select the pay by text option and follow the set-up instructions.
Always call the Lodi Electric Utility (LEU) emergency line at: 209-368-5735 to report the following:
Note: Remember to stay away from downed power lines and keep others away as well.
Before calling Lodi Electric Utility, do the following:
The Lodi Electric Utility (LEU) will trim trees when the vegetation encroaches upon the minimum clearances required by the California Public Utilities Commission, General Order 95, Rule 35. Call LEU at 209-333-6766 to request an inspection; this service is provided free of charge. Never attempt to trim trees away from power lines yourself.
The Lodi Electric Utility does not replace parts or make repairs on customer-owned equipment or wiring.
Yes, call 209-333-6766 to report graffiti on Lodi Electric Utility equipment.
Use the form on our website, or call us at 209-333-6766. If possible, please provide the streetlight number from the green label located on the street side of the light.
An encroachment permit authorizes the applicant to perform work within the City’s right of way, construct approved facilities, or conduct specified activities. The encroachment permit is not a property right like an easement, nor does it confer a property right. Therefore, it does not transfer with the sale of real personal property.
View the Lodi Municipal Code 12.04.
You may apply for a permit at the Public Works Department, 221 W Pine Street, Lodi between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday through Thursday. The permit application is available online. Submitting an application does not constitute encroachment permit approval. The permit application fee to initiate the application process is non-refundable. Please contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6706 for additional fee information and insurance details.
To report a leaking fire hydrant contact the City of Lodi Public Works Department at 209-333-6740.
Fire station tours are conducted on Fridays between 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. A station tour will average ½ hour to complete. Due to the popularity of station tours it is recommended to request a tour two to four weeks in advance. A tour can be scheduled by calling the Fire Prevention Bureau at 209-333-6739, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. See our tour guidelines (PDF) for additional information.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age. A "Release of Liability/Ride Along Waiver" and a "Rules of Participation" must be completed and approved prior to a ride along being scheduled. The request for ride along forms can obtain from the Fire Administration Office at 210 W Elm Street, or downloaded online (PDF) which can be found in Permits & Resources. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m.
Permits to use candles in assembly areas can be obtained from the Fire Prevention Bureau at 210 West Elm Street, or downloaded online (PDF). Lighted candle centerpieces must be secured in a glass container, which must be a minimum of two inches taller than the top of the candle flame. There is a $25 charge for this permit. For more information contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 209-333-6739.
A first library card is free to California residents. If you have lost your card, there is a $3.00 charge. Read more information about getting your library card. Download a library card application (PDF).
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services office at 230 West Elm Street. Picnic areas are available to rent at:
The pin number is usually the last four digits of your phone number on file with the library.
The total number of items that can be checked out at any one time is 25 for the time being. Items may be kept for 3 weeks. The items may be renewed if no one else is waiting for the items. Learn more about checking out materials.
You can renew materials online by following these steps:
Renew My Materials.
You can also renew materials over the phone at 209-333-5566. Please have your library card number available when you call.
When you find the book in the catalog that you would like to hold, select Place Hold. Enter your entire library card number and PIN. Only fill in Expiration Date if you will no longer need the book after a certain date.
You have a few options for obtaining a book not currently in our collection.
Currently, fines cannot be paid online. You can use cash, check, or a credit/debit card inside the library at the Service Desk or your credit/debit card at the self-check machine. We accept Visa and Mastercard credit or debit cards. Each transaction requires a minimum $2 charge.
There is a book drop located in the alley behind the library where books can be returned 24 hours a day, 7 days week. There is a book drop located in the library lobby where books can be returned during normal business hours. Books can also be returned at the circulation desk.
Change My Address.
You must have a valid Lodi Library card to use the computers provided by the library. Please call 209-333-5566 to make a reservation. Use of the computers is free. There is a charge for printing: $0.15 per black and white page, $0.50 per color page. Read more about using computers at the library.
The Lodi Public Library does offer free wireless internet. The network identification is COLPHS and it does require you to register every two weeks. Printing is not available to those using wireless devices.
The Lodi Public Library offers a variety of classes on computer use. Learn more about our class offerings.
The library does provide a Homework Help program, Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Volunteer tutors provide homework help to grades kindergarten to 8th grades.
Please call 209-333-6800, ext. 2009 or email Linda. Browse more information about using our meetings.
You can support the Lodi Public Library in the following ways:
During tax season, the library carries the most common instruction booklets. Forms must be printed from the tax websites at a cost of $0.15 per page. See the reference librarian for help.
A total of 10 DVD's can be checked out at one time for three weeks.
Offices are open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are closed alternating Fridays. Please see the calendar to see which Friday’s the office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
We have many sports programs for youth and adults. We also offer a variety of classes. Here is a brief list of what is offered. For a more comprehensive list, please see our current activity guide (PDF), “Play Lodi.”
Coaching applications are available at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Administrative office. Coaches are needed for:
All coaches must be fingerprinted and cleared through the Department of Justice.
The Lodi Police Department's Citizen Police Academy is a program that is designed to give the public a working knowledge and understanding of the values, goals, and operations of the City of Lodi Police Department. The objective of the Academy is to improve the lines of communication and help build a positive relationship between the Lodi Police Department and the community members we serve. This experience will afford citizens an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their police department while allowing police to continue our mission of community engagement.
The Lodi Police Department believes that by working together with the public, we are better able to solve problems that face our community and ultimately improve the quality of life in the City of Lodi. This course is not intended for those wishing to explore or pursue a career in law enforcement, as it is by design, a program that only offers an overview of general police duties, responsibilities, and operations.
The Academy consists of 9 three-hour sessions conducted on a weekly basis. Classes will take place every Wednesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Academy will be held at:Lodi Police Department Community Room215 W Elm StreetLodi, CA 95240
There is no cost to attend the program.
During the Academy, citizens will be exposed to subject matter relating to the duties and responsibilities of police officers. The Academy will be instructed by police officers and supervisors from the Lodi Police Department with expertise in various areas of law enforcement. Topics will include:
Academy participants will also be given the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a Lodi police officer. Academy topics may be subject to change from year to year.
During classes, participants are encouraged to ask questions and give feedback concerning the operations of the Lodi Police Department. Additionally, citizens bring a wealth of knowledge about their community, particularly the problems unique to their neighborhoods. In this way, members of the Department learn firsthand of the concerns of its citizens by interacting with them in a positive, non-confrontational setting.
It is our sincere hope that the well-informed graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and providing solutions to quality of life issues that face our community.
The program is open to residents of or those who work in the City of Lodi who are at least 18 years of age and have an interested in learning about their police department. Applicants should also:
Applicants must print and complete the application (PDF). The application must be mailed to the Coordinator whose name and address appears at the bottom of the application or dropped off at the Lodi Police Department (215 West Elm Street). Applications and waivers will be accepted until the established deadline.
Applications and waivers received after the deadline will not be considered. Any applications and waivers that are submitted by email will not be accepted. No confirmation of receipt will be provided to the applicant.
Once the deadline has passed, all applications will be reviewed to help establish a pool of diverse candidates. A background check will be conducted to eliminate those applicants with a criminal record. The remaining applicants will then be evaluated to establish the final group that will comprise the Citizen Police Academy.
The criteria for screening applicants will include (but not be limited to):
The Academy screening process may take up to six weeks to complete after the application and waiver submission deadline. All applicants will receive a letter from the Coordinator advising them of the outcome of their application process.
The maximum class size for the Citizen Police Academy is generally limited to 20 candidates. All accepted candidates will be contacted and provided more specific information regarding the Academy.
The candidates must commit to attending all of the sessions. It is understood that emergencies may arise, but candidates must contact the Coordinator to inform her/him of the need to miss the session and provide a reason. Unexcused or numerous absences may result in dismissal from the Academy.
Criminal street gangs consist of three or more people, with a common name, sign, or symbol that form an allegiance for a common purpose and engage in specific criminal activity as defined in the penal code.
Many street gangs are formed according to ethnic or racial lines. For example;
Fear and respect are synonymous in the gang culture. Gang members demand respect by attempting to intimidate rival gang members as well as the public. Gang members also work in conjunction with each other to commit crimes such as:
These crimes benefit the gang as a whole by generating money and establishing their reputation.
Factors that may contribute to gang affiliation include:
Signs of gang involvement may include:
These are some things to look for. They do not guarantee gange involvement.
To discourage gang activity, parents can take the following steps:
Use the following resources to find more information about gangs and related crimes:
It is estimated that over 20,000 items are maintained in Property.
There are laws that govern the release of property and evidence items. The Property and Evidence Technician is required to research the circumstances surrounding the seizure of the property, and any connecting court cases involving the items. Ownership of the property must be determined before any item can be released.
Having an appointment allows the Property and Evidence Technician time to conduct the investigation.
There is a waiting period required by law after sentencing before your property can be released. This waiting period depends on the crime you are sentenced for.
Evidence is defined as an item that is used in the commission of a crime, or an object that can implicate one’s guilt or innocence. These items are not usually returned unless the items are recovered stolen property. The Court makes this determination.
Lodi Police Departments holds safekeeping property for persons that are arrested. Safekeeping property can also be weapons confiscated after a fight or domestic violence incident that were not actually used in the conflict. The weapons are held to prevent the involved parties from using them to harm another person.
Ownership is researched before the release of safekeeping items. In the case of firearms, applicable laws will be researched concerning legal possession of weapons before they are released.
Officers receive a full equipment issue, including:
Patrol vehicles are equipped with:
We are now operating an NT network system, with personal computers at every workstation. Our patrol units are equipped with mobile personal computers that perform all of the traditional MDT functions, and automated report writing which is transmitted over a wireless system. Our patrol units are truly a mobile office.
Our 4-10 shift plan offers a great opportunity to schedule regular in-service training to all of our personnel, which we do 6 times a year. In addition, we send personnel to a variety of Peace Officer Standards and Training Program (POST) schools all over the state. It is our belief that constant exposure to the latest law enforcement techniques benefits our officers, our department, and our community.
Our patrol officers are some of the best trained, equipped, and supported anywhere. They enjoy an officer-to-citizen ratio that’s higher than most departments. This allows them to focus on Community Oriented Policing (COP) and problem-solving. We don’t have a separate COP unit- it's simply a basic part of every officer’s everyday work. Our crime rate is low, and it stays that way in part because our officers have the time to be proactive. We also have a wide variety of special units that support our district officers.
Lodi Police Department offers a wide variety of Special Assignments, including:
Most of our special assignments receive 4.5% stackable incentive pay.
Lodi is a great place to live and work. It’s a thriving city with a full range of amenities. Situated in the heart of our expanding wine country, we are surrounded by vineyards and farmland. We enjoy affordable housing, excellent schools, a low crime rate, and a friendly town.
Our downtown revitalization has created a visiting and enjoyment center that is the envy of many cities our size. We are also centrally located between Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, the Bay Area, and Yosemite. There is a lot more to learn by visiting the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau.
We recognize that relocating often involves more than one occupation. Lodi is a vital community offering a variety of jobs.
If you like what you see, we’d like to hear from you. Email Sergeant Matt Latino to learn more.
The School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The officer, while on school grounds, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at safety, prevention, and law enforcement.
The SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law-related issues. SROs are a link to other service agencies that provide preventive and counseling services within the school district.
No, Lodi Schools are some of the safest schools in the county. The role of the School Resource Officer is not just law enforcement; it is to bridge the gap between police and youth and to open the lines of communication.
The problem-solving process is enhanced when mutual respect is shared between the youth and the police. Open conversations are the key to creating an atmosphere of trust.
Having a full-time officer dedicated to the school allows teachers and staff the opportunity to access a reliable resource concerning law enforcement and public safety issues on campus and in the community.
The success of the School Resource Officer Program is based on a strong relationship with the youth. Consistency and fairness are priorities as well as the equal application of the law.
Lodi’s storm drain system is made up of the street gutters that flow to the catch basins, the pipelines that carry the water to outfall lines or pump stations which then forward the water to the Mokelumne River, storm drain detention basins or Woodbridge Irrigation District Canal. If water goes to the basins, it is eventually pumped out to the WID canal and river. Remember, these basins are used as parks when they aren’t holding stormwater. Residuals from the stormwater will remain on the grass and any toxics could harm children and pets.
Catch basins and storm drain inlets are curbside receptacles whose sole function is to catch surface water runoff from rainfall and deliver it to the storm drain system, where it is eventually delivered to rivers and other waterways.
No, storm drains and sanitary sewers have two distinct functions. Storm drains are intended to collect and transport runoff from rainfall. Storm drain systems do not remove pollutants from water before it is discharged into streams and rivers. These are typically the drains found in streets and in parking lots. Sanitary sewers collect wastewater from indoor plumbing such as toilets, sinks, washing machines and floor drains and take it to a sewage treatment plant.
The treatment plant removes many pollutants from wastewater before it is discharged to the river.
Yes, City crews maintain approximately 110 miles of storm drain pipelines citywide.
There are too many for City crews to clean in a short period of time. Storm drain inlets are maintained on a year-round schedule.
It sounds like a good idea, but during a rainstorm, trash is quickly swept into drain inlets. Any screen or filtration device placed in front of the drain inlet would cause trash to accumulate and clog the grate, preventing proper drainage and potentially creating a flood hazard. City maintenance crews would be unable to keep up with cleaning these devices potentially creating flooding hazards. However, there are new technologies being developed in the form of filtration or screening devices to be installed and inserted inside catch basins. The Stormwater Program Engineering groups are always evaluating these new technologies for possible future use.
A few examples of the pollutants typically found in the storm drain system are:
These pollutants can eventually find their way to our basin parks, the Mokelumne River and the Delta.
Storm drains are designed for catching rain water only. Dumping trash or other pollutants down storm drain inlets is illegal and is a violation of the Federal Clean Water Act of 1972 as well as the City of Lodi’s Stormwater Ordinance. If a neighbor is disposing of trash in the storm drain, they may not understand that drain inlets directly connect to our rivers. If you have an amicable relationship with your neighbor, it may be just a matter of informing and making them aware of its environmental impact. If it is someone who you feel is knowingly violating and repeatedly dumping into storm drains, please call the City of Lodi at 368-5735.
Dumping used oil into the storm drain system is illegal. One gallon of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. All city residents can recycle up to two gallons at a time of used, uncontaminated motor oil free by taking it to Central Valley Waste Services at 1333 E Turner Road.
Title VI is a statute provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Section 601 states:
"No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." [42 USC. Section 200d]
Related Statutes protect additional classes as required under:
The City of Lodi strives to ensure that access to and use of all programs, services or benefits derived from any City activity will be administered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion. The City will not tolerate discrimination by a City employee or recipients of Federal funds such as other agencies, contractors, consultants, suppliers, vendors and any other recipient of federal-funds from the City.
The City prohibits all discriminatory practices that may result in:
To ensure compliance with Title VI, related statutes and the Presidential Executive Order on Environmental Justice the City will:
In addition, any recipient including but not limited to Metropolitan Planning Organizations and local cities and counties, who receive Federal financial aid bears a responsibility to administer its program and activities without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
All City employees and programs are responsible for Title VI and Related Statutes. The City’s Public Works Department provides continuous leadership, guidance and technical assistance to ensure ongoing compliance with Title VI and Related Statutes.
Title VI CoordinatorCity of Public Works Department221 W Pine StreetLodi, CA 95240Phone: 209-333-6706Fax: 209-333-6710
If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion, you may file a written complaint with the City of Lodi's Title VI Coordinator. Title VI complaints are investigated and responded to as quickly as possible.
The State passed a law in 2004 requiring cities to install meters on all properties. The City does not have the option to continue the flat-rate system. Nearly 3,000 Lodi households who already have meters installed began paying a usage-based water bill in January as required by law.
The City of Lodi’s database of property owners came from records obtained from the San Joaquin County Assessor’s Office. If you no longer own the property, please contact the Finance Division at 209-333-6719.
Contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6706 and we will research your property. If your home was built after 1992, you most likely already paid for your meter.
The City has no intention of collecting money from those property owners who have already paid. Most likely the bill is an error due to the lack of an electronic record of your payment. Please provide proof of payment or, if you do not have that, your address and parcel number to the Public Works Department so we can research other City files.
The meter bills were sent with a separate voucher and account number to return with the payment to ensure the property receives the appropriate credit. If you paid with your utility bill, contact the Finance Division 209-333-6717 with the account number of your monthly utility bill so the City can make the necessary adjustment to your account.
Bills were sent to residential properties within the City limits, including those that are vacant lots or recently annexed and do not yet have City water or sewer hookups. You are not required to pay at this time. Please contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6706 so that you are not improperly billed after July 1.
The City is installing one meter per parcel on residential properties of up to four dwellings (five units and more will be addressed in the future). The property owner will receive the master water bill. At that point, it is the property owner’s option to hire a licensed plumbing contractor to install additional water meters at the owner’s expense in accordance with City standards. The City will read up to four meters per parcel and bill the customers separately. In addition to purchasing an approved meter from the City, a plumber will likely charge you between $1,000 and $2,000 for the modifications needed to accommodate additional meters.
Yes, the amount of your payment will be credited toward your balance. Your monthly statement will reflect the additional payment and the remaining balance of the meter charge. Partial payments may also be made before July 1. Remaining balances will be billed at an $8.52 per month minimum until paid in full. You must pay at least the minimum each month.
No, because we need to be fair to everyone who received a water meter bill and the billing system was structured to keep the cost as low as possible. No payment terms are available at this time.
No, and be sure to contact the Public Works Department at 209-333-6706 so you aren’t billed on a monthly basis starting in July. The installation program involves installing meters on residential parcels that have City water service. In this case, the meter installation and payment can be deferred until the property is improved.
It’s to ensure the meter charge is fairly collected, with each parcel owner responsible for his or her meter to meet the State mandate. The lien will be removed once the balance is paid in full. There is no additional charge to the property owner for the liens. Without the lien, the City can not enforce payment if a property owner decides to put the financial burden of the program on other utility customers. California Government Code Section 54354 gives water agencies such as the City the ability to use liens to ensure payment for construction related to specific properties.
The property lien will be recorded with the San Joaquin County Recorder’s Office. The Recorder does not report liens to credit reporting agencies. That is not a guarantee, however, that a third party would not report the lien to a credit reporting agency.
The City’s water funds come from water bills. The City Council made the decision that property owners should be responsible for their meters, and to not increase water rates to pay for the meter program. Lodi is not unique in this decision. Rates and payments made to the water fund are only used to cover water utility expenses and do not support other City programs. The utility funds are being used to provide new service lines to homes where needed.
The City has been developing a water meter program for several years in response to the State’s 2004 legislation. The developments have received significant attention in local newspapers, the City has mailed three newsletters to the community regarding the meter program in the past year and, earlier this year, a Proposition 218 notice was mailed to all property owners to notify them of their right to protest the charge. Only 2% protested and the charge was approved by the City Council on March 16 in a public meeting.
A map showing the year of installation in your neighborhood was mailed to residents in late 2010 and is available online. A schedule of the installations will be made available on the website, and construction crews installing the meters will leave notices at each residence at least 48 hours before work commences.
No, one master meter will be installed on each parcel. If you choose, you may hire a licensed plumbing contractor to install a second meter at your expense.
Collecting money now for the meters will save you money in the long run. It avoids a general water rate increase and it allows the water utility to get the best price on water meters by buying in the largest quantities feasible. One-time billing reduces the utility’s costs for billing and tracking the list of those property owners who have and haven’t paid. Expanding the program from a three-year timeframe to seven years is allowing the City to reduce the installation cost from as much as $1,200 to a cap of $300.
Yes, at an annual rate of 1.5%. The monthly payments come out to $306.72, or $6.72 of interest.
No, because the up-front payment is allowing the City to reduce your meter cost to $300, rather than a higher amount.
If your meter was installed prior to 2010, you are paying a metered rate already. If your meter is scheduled for installation in 2011, you will continue paying a flat rate until January 2013. Your bill will include your water usage, however, showing you what your usage-based bill would be if the metered rate was in effect. This information will help you identify water leaks or change your water-use habits if you desire. Residents receiving meters in 2012 will pay a metered charge beginning in January 2014, those receiving meters in 2013 will pay a metered charge beginning in January 2015, etc.
The meter charge is the property owner’s responsibility. If the property owner does not pay the $300 charge by the end of June, the owner will be billed the monthly amount of $8.52 for three years. If there is an ownership change after July 1, the full balance becomes due.
With nearly 13,000 water meters scheduled for installation between 2011 and 2017, the City expects there will be some instances in which the owner of a property needing a meter fails to receive a bill. When the meters are installed, the contractor will link the meter number to the address and provide it to the City to establish usage-based billing. At that time, the City will be alerted to those properties without a record of payment. Billing for those meters will be addressed at that time.
Installation and payment for water meters occur because state law is requiring water systems to charge customers based on the amount of water they use. Thousands of Lodi property owners paid for their meters when their homes were built (especially all those since 1992), so they won't need to pay again.
The City will equip all municipal water service connections with a water meter before 2026, the state-mandated deadline. Lodi’s Water Meter Program will be installing a water meter at single-family detached homes, duplexes, triplexes and four-plex dwellings. Water meters will be installed by phase (seven phases are planned) starting in 2011 and are expected to conclude in 2017.
View a map illustrating the installation schedule (PDF).
Property owners will be responsible for paying $300 for their property’s water meter. A property owner will have the option of making either a lump sum payment (April 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011) or a monthly payment ($8.52 per month) for three years starting July 2011. Property owners will either receive a unique water meter bill or have the meter payment bill included on their regular utility bill.
No, Federal funds initially identified as a source for grants are not feasible for this project.
Property owners who have paid for a meter, but whose meters have not been installed will have their meter installed during the respective meter installation phase. The City will reimburse eligible property owner the difference in their water meter deposit in excess of $300. The City will not be reimbursing property owner for the water service fee as that was a requirement of issuing the building permit. Eligible property owners will be receiving a letter in 2011 informing them of their eligibility.
Yes, a property owner may elect to individually meter each unit. A property owner would be required to obtain the necessary building and encroachment permits from the City to have an individual service connection for each unit.
For a single-family detached home, the water utility bill would either be paid by the owner or can be the responsibility of the tenant renting the property. For low-density multi-family dwellings (duplex, triplex, four-plex) that are master metered, the property owner would be responsible for the water utility bill. If each unit is individually metered, the owner may elect to have the tenant assume responsibility of the water utility bill.
The property owner would be responsible for pay the balance of the water meter prior to having his or her water service account closed or transferred to another property.
If your house was built after 1992, the City may already have collected a charge for a meter and the plumbing service probably is compatible with a meter. For these homes, there will be no installation charge. For homes built prior to 1992, the property owner will be charged $300 for a water meter. Property owners received a letter in spring 2011 notifying them if the charge applies.
Upgrading service means modifying the outdoor water service line to include connections for a meter that will be placed in a utility box. There are approximately 11,000 water services in Lodi that need upgrading, most of them on homes built before 1979.
Look near your sidewalk, back fence or alley. If you have a round cast-iron valve box approximately 5 inches in diameter, your service will need upgrading. If you have a concrete cover or steel lid to a rectangular concrete box approximately 25 inches by 16 inches, your service is probably meter-ready.
Not any more. The City provided an opportunity for the meter to be installed by a plumbing contractor in 2010, but that program has ended to allow the City to bid a precise number of properties for meter installations. Residents will find the cost of the City installation to be less expensive than what a private contractor can do for a single job.
Because the City’s water system is minimally chlorinated, it is susceptible to contamination if a meter is not properly disinfected prior to going online.
The water utility collects money to repair, replace, and make improvements to the City’s water service infrastructure in an effort to ensure reliability. Currently, there are many miles of mainline pipe that need replacing and/or are undersized. The City will abandon and relocate these pipes into the streets fronting the residence. This work will occur concurrently with the meter program to minimize disturbance on Lodi's residents.
Currently, some residences have water meters and are receiving usage-based bills. The remaining residences will have water meters installed in phases over the next seven years. State law requires residences constructed after 1992 to be billed on a usage-based system by January 2011. The Lodi City Council is aware that two different water billing structures will occur for a period of time. Therefore, the Council chose to minimize the time period that the two billing structures would occur.
No, your building permit fee to upgrade the water service connection constitutes you as "pre-paid." You will not be charged again. As part of a building permit, the City charged a water service and meter fee to upgrade the water service to comply with City standards.
Yes, the City is equipping the water meters with the capability of being remotely read with a drive-by or walk-by device. The water meters and electric meters will ultimately transmit their readings to a centralized computer.
That depends on your current rate - based on the number of bedrooms in your home - and how much water you use. The cost of supplying water is not changing, so the City needs to collect the same amount of money to properly operate the system as it does now. To help people understand how much water they use, and how much that will cost, the City will phase in consumption-based bills. Residents will know how much water they use, and the equivalent usage-based cost, for several months before the metered rate takes effect.
If you have a meter, you can view your past water use at Water Compare. A sample of this page is provided on the Water Sample page.
Yes, the meters will have dials similar to odometers on older automobiles. Also, the meters will have leak detectors that will show if water is flowing to your home even with all plumbing fixtures shut off. For billing purposes, meters will be read electronically.