The Risk Management Department, Public Liability and Loss Recovery Division administers a self-insured program for public liability (tort) risks, which is supplemented by purchased excess liability insurance. The division supports:
The following, non-exclusive, listing reflects examples of the types of claims that can be filed against the City:
Any claim against the City must be made in writing and be completed in accordance with California Government Code sections 900-915.4. Most claims must be presented to the Risk Management Department no later than six months after the date of the incident or event. The claim form ( Claim Against the City of San Diego Form (RM-9)) must be accurately completed, printed, signed by the claimant and mailed to:
City of San Diego
Risk Management Department
1200 Third Ave., Suite 1000
San Diego, CA 92101
Office Hours: Due to COVID-19, offices are temporarily closed to the public
Please be advised that the City is prohibited from providing legal advice. Claimants should consult an attorney as necessary.
After the claim has been received by our office:
Information requested by the Public Liability Division does not guarantee that your claim has been accepted for payment nor does it mean that the City accepts liability. Any information provided will be evaluated as part of the investigative process.
The Public Liability and Loss Recovery Division coordinates the recovery of monies from responsible third parties for damages caused to City property as well as injuries to City personnel.
Insurance carrier inquiries regarding damages caused by their insured can be directed to Grace Smith at 619-236-6737.