Repairs by Property Owners
If you agree with the Notice of Violation, you should get a sidewalk construction permit and contractor licensed by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP). Any contractor performing sidewalk repair costing more than $200 must have a Home Improvement Contractor license from DCWP to operate legally in New York City. You can use DCWP's website to check if a contractor is licensed.
Check a license.
You can get more information about sidewalk repair and maintenance, including tips for hiring a contractor, from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Learn about sidewalk repair.
The Sidewalk Guide for Property Owners answers the most frequently asked questions about sidewalk violations, permits, and repairs.
Repairs by the City
The City does not accept requests to repair your sidewalk. If you choose not to repair the sidewalk, the City may hire private construction firms to make the repairs and bill you for the cost. The City contractor may be assigned to 1-2-3 family, owner occupied properties.
To calculate the estimated cost for this repair work, multiply the estimated square feet shown on the Preliminary Report by the cost per square foot shown on the letter that came with the Notice of Violation. If any portion of the area to be repaired is a driveway, use the 7-inch concrete cost for that area, otherwise, use the cost of 4-inch concrete. This is just an estimate. The final bill may reflect additional repairs required to bring the sidewalk to standard. The price per square foot will vary by contract.
An installment payment plan is available to eligible owners of certain residential properties who have been billed by DOT for sidewalk repair charges. To learn more, go to the Sidewalk Repair Payment Plan page.
If a DOT inspector finds that the City did not repave the sidewalk correctly, the City will repave the sidewalk at no additional cost to the property owner. The violation will be removed once the City makes the additional repairs.
Winter Weather and Repair Work
If a violation is received during the winter, cold weather will most likely prevent work from being done.
DOT contractors will not do the work until at least early April. DOT will try to be accommodating during the month of April to those property owners who have taken out permits but have not been able to complete the work due to the weather.