If the sidewalk in front of your home is damaged due to tree roots, you may qualify for free repair through the Trees and Sidewalks Repair Program.
An official inspection of the damage will determine if a sidewalk damaged by curbside trees qualifies for a free repair. Only 1-, 2-, and 3-family residential property owners are eligible.
If an inspector finds your sidewalk does not qualify for the program, you must fix the problem yourself or face possible fines. You can request a sidewalk tree consultation from the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to get advice on how to repair the sidewalk yourself.
Requests will be inspected and ranked by how badly the root damage appears. High ranking sites will be repaired before less severely damaged sites. After the inspection is completed, homeowners will be notified of the results.
Repairs generally involve:
- Removing damaged concrete
- Expanding the tree's growing space
- Installing concrete in the surrounding sections of sidewalk to provide space for future root growth
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.