Property owners must clean the sidewalks next to their property and 18 inches from the curb into the street.

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) inspects sidewalks during specific times of the day. Sidewalk cleaning enforcement times depend on the type of property.

DSNY agents can only issue violations for dirty sidewalks next to residential properties from 8 AM to 9 AM and from 6 PM to 7 PM, 7 days a week.

Commercial property enforcement times are limited to two 1-hour periods per day. The exact times depend on the Sanitation section the address is located in.

When Businesses Are Closed

Most businesses normally closed on Saturdays or Sundays are exempt from enforcement on those days.

Businesses closed for an extended period must arrange to have the area maintained.

Mixed-use properties are used for both commercial and residential purposes. Enforcement times depend on the use of the first floor of the building where the violation occurs.

If the business on the first floor is operating, DSNY can issue violations during commercial routing times for the address.

If the business on the first floor is permanently closed or vacant, DSNY can issue violations only during residential routing times. Residential routing times are 8 AM to 9 AM and PM to 7 PM, 7 days a week.

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