You can get information on sidewalk cleaning enforcement times. Policies differ for commercial and residential properties.

Business owners can also request a commercial enforcement routing sticker, which lists the times during which the Department of Sanitation can issue tickets for dirty sidewalks and gutters.

Residential Properties

Residential property owners must clean the sidewalks adjoining their property and 18 inches from the curb into the street. 

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

Commercial Properties

Commercial property owners must clean the sidewalks adjoining their property and 18 inches from the curb into the street.

Enforcement times are limited to two 1-hour periods per day and vary according to which Sanitation section the address is located in.

Most businesses normally closed on Saturdays or Sundays are exempt from enforcement on those days. Any businesses closed for an extended period must make arrangements to have the area maintained. Storefronts that are part of a large residential building may be subject to residential enforcement routing rules.

Use the Collection Schedule Lookup to get enforcement routing times for a specific address.

Mixed-Use Properties

Enforcement times may differ for properties used for both commercial and residential purposes.

You can get information specific to mixed-use properties.

Call 311 for assistance.

Businesses can request stickers from the Department of Sanitation stating the daily enforcement periods.

All requests must be made by the business that will use the sticker.

Requests must include:

  • Valid contact name
  • Phone number
  • Name and address of the business

Only one request can be made per location.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.