Property owners and businesses must keep sidewalks clear of objects that block pedestrian traffic. It is illegal to block streets from car traffic unless you have a permit.
The City accepts complaints about streets and sidewalks that are blocked by trash cans, dumpsters, construction materials, outdoor cafe seating, produce stands, flower stands, ATMs (Automated Teller Machines), grass, weeds, or personal property.
Stores are allowed to have outside displays of merchandise, but they may extend no more than 3 feet into the sidewalk from the building and no higher than 5 feet. ATMs must be placed behind the building's property line or inside the building. Certain streets are designated "zero sidewalk display" streets and generally may not have any items on the sidewalk.
Trash containers, including garbage dumpsters, may only be placed on the sidewalk at specific times.
- Residential Properties: You may place trash containers out starting at 5:00 PM the evening before the collection day.
- Commercial Properties: You may place trash containers out for collection one hour before an establishment closes if the private carter picks up after closing or within two hours of the actual collection if the private carter picks up during the day.