If the sidewalk in front of a residential property is damaged due to tree roots, the site may qualify for free repair through the Trees and Sidewalks Repair Program. An official inspection will determine if a sidewalk damaged by City-owned trees qualifies for a free repair.
Only sidewalks adjacent to 1-, 2-, and 3- family residential properties are eligible.
Requested sites will be inspected and ranked by a number of criteria, including the severity of sidewalk damage, the observed pedestrian usage, and the health and number of tree(s) on site. After the inspection is completed, the Service Request will be updated with the results. High ranking sites will be prioritized for repair.
Repairs generally involve:
- Removing damaged concrete
- Expanding the tree's growing space
- Installing concrete in the surrounding sections of sidewalk using techniques to promote tree preservation and sidewalk longevity
You do not have to be the property owner to submit an inspection request to the Trees and Sidewalks program. However, if you are submitting for your own property, please note this in the comments of your request.
Ranking and Inspection
DPR evaluates and ranks sites based on:
- Level of activity on the street
- Amount of sidewalk damage
- Tree's overall health
The Trees and Sidewalks Repair Program will repair sites with a high rank first.