Violations may be received for the following sidewalk defects:
- Uneven flags where vertical difference between two flags is more than 1/2 inch
- Loose flags that move up and down
- Undermined flags below which there is a visible void
- Cracked flags that can be readily removed
- Hardware that isn't flush within 1/2 inch of the sidewalk surface
- Improper slope preventing flags from draining towards the curb
- Missing flags or a sidewalk that was never built
The Department of Transportation may oversee repairs and bill property owners who have failed to make the required repairs after receiving a Notice of Violation.
Tree Root Damage
If tree roots have damaged sidewalks or curbs and made them unsafe for pedestrians, the property owner may work with the Parks Department to resolve the root problem.
If the Department of Transportation receives a complaint about the sidewalk and finds violations, it will send a Notice of Violation to the property owner.
Vacant Lots or Unknown Buildings
When a sidewalk defect is in front of a vacant lot or an unknown building, property ownership will be determined and then a Notice of Violation will be issued.
The owner will be provided time to remedy the defect.