The curbs and sidewalks along the City’s streets play important roles in directing and controlling vehicles, conveying stormwater runoff, and providing safe walking paths for pedestrians. Chapter 216 of the City Code places the responsibility for keeping curbs and sidewalks in good repair on the adjoining property owner. The engineering division’s staff uses guidelines and policies adopted by the City Council to determine whether or not curbs or sidewalks need to be repaired or replaced, or whether new sidewalks should be constructed where they don’t currently exist.
Historically, the inspection staff for the engineering division sends out approximately 150 to 200 curb and sidewalk notices per year. Approximately one-half of the notices are sent in advance of, and in conjunction with, the Pavement Preservation Program for a given year. The remaining notices are sent as a result of systematic inspections or complaints. Department inspections concentrate on the replacement of severely deteriorated curb sidewalk, or existing, or potential safety hazards.
New curbs and sidewalks must be constructed in accordance with City standard construction details, and permits must be obtained prior to the beginning of construction in the public right of way.
Whether you are a private property owner preparing to construct or repair curbs, sidewalks, or driveway aprons at your property, or if you plan to hire a contractor to perform the work, the construction must conform to City standards. Construction details showing the requirements for curbs, sidewalks, and driveway entrances may be found at the Engineering Division's Curb & Sidewalk Permit from the Code Administration Office before you begin the work.