New York City
Department of Transportation
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner
What Are My Sidewalk Responsibilities?
The duties and obligations of property owners with respect to
sidewalks next to their property are outlined in:
• The New York City Charter, Section 2904 and
• The New York City Administrative Code, Section 19-152
In September of 2003, the New York City Administrative Code was amended
to include the following local laws:
Local Law 49 – Sub Section 7-210
States that the City shall not be liable for any injuries caused by
defective sidewalk, other than sidewalk abutting 1, 2 or 3 family owner
occupied, residential properties.
Local Law 54 – Sub Section 7-211
Requires that property owners have a policy of personal injury and
property damage liability insurance for each property.
Sub Section 7-212
Authorizes the City to make payments where the property owner is
DOT’s Sidewalk Management Outreach Team
• Notifies property owners of sidewalk defects
• Assigns contractors to make repairs to defective sidewalks
• These efforts reduce liability for both property owners and the City.
Square Footage of NYC Sidewalks by Property Type
23,381,730 4% 4 Plus Properties
1, 2, 3 Family
4 Plus Properties 1, 2, 3 Family Properties City Property
Square Footage of Sidewalk Constructed By
The City Annually
1, 2, 3 Family
1, 2, 3 Family Properties City Property Annual Construction
Sidewalk Inspections are conducted where:
• Complaints of sidewalk defects are reported via 311, written
correspondence, telephone calls, electronic mail, etc.
• Claims are filed with the NYC Comptroller’s Office
• Dangerous or hazardous conditions are reported
If a sidewalk defect is found, the property owner will receive:
• A Preliminary Inspection Report
• A Notice of Violation
• Documentation explaining owner’s responsibilities
To REPAIR A SIDEWALK, the property owner must:
• Hire a private contractor who will apply for and obtain a permit from the DOT Permit
office in the borough:
Manhattan: 55 Water St. – Concourse Level
Bronx: 1400 Williamsbridge Rd. –2nd Flr.
Brooklyn: 16 Court St. – Rm. 1503
Queens: 120-55 Queens Blvd. – Rm. 240
Staten Island: 10 Richmond Terr. – Rm. 427
CITY SIDEWALK REPAIR
After the formal notification period (45 days), the City may make
repairs to sidewalks, abutting:
• 1, 2, and 3 family, owner occupied properties;
• City-owned properties, and
• Properties in the scope of Capital Reconstruction
Department of Transportation and Department of Design and Construction
personnel will photograph and mark the sidewalk to be replaced prior to
The property owner will be billed for the repair and the violation
will be removed.
Visit DOT’s website: www.nyc.gov/dot
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