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Sidewalk Repair

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Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalks adjacent to their properties according to New York City law. To make sure that the City's sidewalks are safe for pedestrians, the New York City Department of Transportation inspects sidewalks throughout the city, and may issue violations to the property owner if the sidewalk is found to be damaged or defective.

If you have any questions about repairing sidewalks, or if you want to learn more about DOT's inspection process, please visit DOT's Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair page.

Trees and Sidewalks

When sidewalk damage is caused by tree roots, the property owner remains responsible for maintaining the sidewalk. In these cases, we assist property owners 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. Once you have done so, you may call us to request a Sidewalk Design Consultation.  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.

Request a Sidewalk Consultation.

Repair a Sidewalk Through the Trees & Sidewalks Program

In severe cases, our sidewalk repair program, known as Trees & Sidewalks, can help repair sidewalk damage caused by root growth. Funding for this program is limited.

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 apply for sidewalk repair under the 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 priority 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 in a given year. After three years, you may request a new inspection. For many homeowners, repairing a sidewalk with the help of a contractor remains the best option.

Our Repair Timeline

Repairs are made in order of priority, and we repair sidewalks with the highest priority ratings first. Because sidewalks are repaired in order of priority, and not in order of the request, we cannot give a specific timeframe for a sidewalk repair.

If you have already requested enrollment in 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.

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 inspections and 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 inspected/repaired or that are scheduled for inspection/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 inspected or repaired.

 

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Completed Repair

Scheduled Inspection or Repair

 

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.
You might notice some Trees & Sidewalk inspections do not have a request date. This is because a Parks Forester has noted the damage and scheduled an inspection before a member of the public submitted a request.

Inspection Date

Date of completed inspection within the previous six months, or date of expected inspection.

Inspection Status

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 scheduled.
Repair Completed
The sidewalk has been repaired.
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.
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 date of the expected repair through the Trees & Sidewalks program. Property owners are still responsible for the condition of the sidewalk. If the repair date is in the distant future or not applicable, you may prefer to repair the sidewalk yourself with the guidance of a Sidewalk Design Consultation.

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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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