Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair

Follow the life cycle of a sidewalk Entérate del ciclo de vida de las aceras en NYC

DOT's goal is to make the City's 12,750 miles of sidewalks safe for pedestrians and help prevent injuries caused by defective sidewalks. DOT replaces more than 2 million square feet of sidewalk a year, mostly on City-owned property and in residential neighborhoods. Despite the large scale of repairs, this amounts to less than 1% of the City’s total sidewalk area each year. DOT relies on property owners to maintain the rest of the sidewalks.

DOT replaces more than 2 million square feet of sidewalk a year. DOT focuses most of its work on City-owned property and in neighborhoods with predominately one-, two- and three- family homes. Despite the large scale of this program, this amounts to less than 1% of the City's total sidewalk area a year. DOT relies on property owners to maintain the rest of the sidewalks. Learn more about sidewalk defects and notices of violation Learn about how to repair your sidewalk Download a checklist for repairing your sidewalk (pdf)

DOT inspects sidewalks throughout the city to ensure that they are safe. If inspectors find an unsafe sidewalk defect, they issue a notice of violation. Violations are issued in every neighborhood in the city.

If you have a question about sidewalks in New York City, or would like to comment on the services of DOT's sidewalk inspectors or private contractors, please contact DOT or visit 311 Online.