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Sidewalk Repair

newly-repaired sidewalk surrounding a street tree

The Department of Transportation is no longer issuing Notice of Violations (NOV) or liens to the owners of properties that are owner occupied 1, 2, or 3 family homes not being used for commercial purposes where sidewalk damage is caused only by City trees.

As a result, you will be able to refinance or sell your home without the additional cost associated with sidewalk repair or the burden of addressing a lien on your property.

If you have already received a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the Department of Transportation (DOT), you should contact DOT at nyc.gov/dot. DOT will be reviewing all active violations. If you are refinancing or selling your home and need to remove a lien due to City tree damage, you may submit a request to DOT online at www.nyc.gov/311 or by mail.

Trees and Sidewalks

When sidewalk damage is caused by tree roots, NYC Parks assists owners of Tax Class 1 properties with two options to repair their sidewalks and protect our trees against potential damage during the repair process.

Repair a Sidewalk Yourself

If you are repairing your sidewalk around an existing tree, you should first find a contractor who can repair the sidewalk and request a tree work permit. Once you have done so, a Parks forester will offer site-specific repair solutions for working around the City tree. We will guide you through the repair process on how to avoid unnecessary and unlawful root cutting, as well as give advice on how to construct a sidewalk to reduce future damage from tree roots.

Repair a Sidewalk Yourself.

If you wish to file a claim against the City of New York relative to repairs you performed to your sidewalk as a result of damage that you believe was caused by a City tree, you may do so by filing a claim with the New York City Comptroller’s Office within 90 days of performing the repair.

To file a claim, you can obtain a Notice of Claim form at https://comptroller.nyc.gov/services/for-the-public/claims/file-a-claim/.

Repair a Sidewalk Through the Trees & Sidewalks Program

The NYC Parks Trees and Sidewalks Program can help repair sidewalk damage caused by root growth. Funding for this program is limited, and we are only able to address severe cases of sidewalk damage in front of Tax Class 1 properties. If your sidewalk is inspected and rated below our threshold for repair, you may request a new inspection in three years or repair the sidewalk on your own as described above.

Who is Eligible

Property owners of one-, two-, and three-family homes (legally designated as NYC Tax Class 1) not used for commercial purposes are eligible to request a sidewalk repair through the Trees and Sidewalks Program.

What We Repair

Sites are prioritized for repair based on the severity of damage and availability of funding. We will send an inspector to evaluate the site and assign a sidewalk rating.

Not all inspections result in the repair of a sidewalk. The lower your sidewalk rating is on a scale of 1 to 100, with 1 being lowest and 100 being highest, the less likely we will be able to repair the sidewalk through this program. After three years, you may request a new inspection to evaluate if the damage has worsened, or you may choose to repair the sidewalk on your own at any time by requesting a permit and sidewalk consultation.

Our Repair Timeline

Repairs are made according to the sidewalk rating. We repair the sidewalks with the highest ratings first. Homeowners who receive a lower rating or who have time-sensitive needs for sidewalk repair can fix their sidewalks themselves by engaging an independent contractor and obtaining a free permit from Parks to work around the roots. After the repair you may file a claim with the Comptroller’s office within 90 days of repair for the damage you believe was caused by a City Tree.

If you have already requested your site to be inspected by the Trees & Sidewalks program, you can use the Sidewalk Inspection and Repair map below to review your rating, eligibility for the program, and estimated repair date, if any.

Learn more and request enrollment in the Trees & Sidewalks program.

 

Trees & Sidewalks Rating Chart:

Please refer to the Trees & Sidewalks rating chart below for more information on where your site falls.

Sidewalk Rating <80 80-90 90-100
Likelihood of Repair under the Trees & Sidewalk Program Site does not rate highly enough to be repaired by NYC Parks at this time.

Site has been waitlisted: This site meets the criteria for repair. However due to a high number of requests we are only able to repair the very highest rated sites at this time.

We will continue to evaluate based on capacity and funding if your site can be added to our next contract.

Site expected to be repaired within three years.
Recommended Action

Engage an Independent contractor.

Complete a Tree Work Permit Application.

File claim for damages with NYC Comptroller.

OR

Request new Trees & Sidewalks inspection three years after initial inspection. This could result in a higher rating.

Check Tree Work Hub (nyc.gov/parks/treework) for status.

OR

Engage an independent contractor.

Complete a Tree Work Permit Application.

File claim for damages with NYC Comptroller.

OR

Request new Trees & Sidewalks inspection three years after initial inspection. This could result in a higher rating.

Check Tree Work Hub (nyc.gov/parks/treework) for approx. date of repair.

OR

Engage an independent contractor.

Complete a Tree Work Permit Application.

File claim for damages with NYC Comptroller.

 

Recent and Upcoming Sidewalk Inspection and Repair Work

To better inform you about our planned tree work, we are reporting on sidewalks that have been inspected and repaired over the past six months, as well as all sidewalk repairs that are currently scheduled.

Explore the Inspection and Repair Map

Use the map or address search below to find trees that have recently been repaired or that are scheduled for repair. Not all trees in New York City are represented in this map below. If a tree is not displayed on this map, it is not currently scheduled to be repaired.

 

 

Completed Repair

Repair Not Complete

 

Explore the Data

Download the all of the data, including additional fields like City Council District, allowing you to filter and sort the data in the manner that best suits you, or use the tabular view below to quickly search for a particular address.

Glossary of Terms

Initial Request Date

Date of initial service request for Trees & Sidewalk inspection by the homeowner.

Inspection Date

Date of completed inspection within the previous six months.

Sidewalk Rating

A severity ranking determined by a Forestry Inspector that qualifies and quantifies the damage to the sidewalk according to a number of criteria. These criteria include vertical lift, number of damaged flagstones, the volume of pedestrian usage, passable sidewalk width, and the condition of the tree. Ratings are evaluated on a scale from 1 to 100, 100 being the most severe.

Number of Reports

Number of public notifications (Service Requests and complaints) to NYC Parks regarding the inspection/repair site.

Repair Date

Date of completed repair made within previous six months, or the estimated date by which point the repair will be completed. Repairs are made frequently across the city, so sidewalks may often be repaired before the listed estimated date. If the repair date is in the distant future or not applicable (N/A), you may prefer to repair the sidewalk yourself with the guidance of a Sidewalk Design Consultation.

Statuses

A Parks Forester inspects each site. There are several potential inspection results.

Inspected – Repair Pending
The site has been inspected. Sidewalk repair has been approved but not yet completed.
Inspected – Repair Contract Not Assigned
The site has been inspected and found eligible for repair through the Trees & Sidewalks program. Due to our level of funding and that most severely damaged sites will be addressed first, sidewalk repair has not yet been approved. After three years, you may request a new inspection. You may also repair the sidewalk yourself with the guidance of a Sidewalk Design Consultation.
Ineligible
After inspection, the site has been determined not eligible for repair through the Trees & Sidewalks program. You may still repair the sidewalk yourself with the guidance of a Sidewalk Design Consultation.
Repair Completed
The sidewalk has been repaired.

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Zip Code Initial Request Date Inspection Date* Sidewalk Rating Number of Reports Repair Date* Status

*All recent completion dates are estimated. Scheduled completion dates are estimated through the current fiscal year.

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