About Denver's Sidewalk Programs

Mayor Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan recognizes that it is getting harder to move around Denver. Our sidewalk infrastructure is damaged in many places and deteriorating. In some areas, sidewalks are non-existent. Our residents need more transportation options and better conditions for traveling by foot. Read the Mobility Action Plan »

In 2018, the City and County of Denver is launching two programs to help complete the sidewalk network and strengthen our commitment to mobility.

New Sidewalk Construction

Denver is addressing gaps in the city's sidewalk network with a focus on providing access to transit, schools, libraries, parks and city facilities

New Sidewalk Construction

Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair

Denver paused inspections related to its Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program in 2020 amid the economic downturn created by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Changes to the program are forthcoming with the goal of streamlining processes. We’ll provide additional information about program changes on this website as the information becomes available.

Additional Information

Sidewalk Responsibilities

Within the City and County of Denver, abutting property owners are responsible for installing and maintaining sidewalks within the public right of way.

Denver Municipal Code Chapter 49

Requesting Inspections or Reporting Damage

Contact 311 to report damaged or hazardous sidewalks in the public right of way. Complaints will be directed to an inspector for review. 

Complaints with an appearance of harassment or discrimination will be discarded.

Snow on Sidewalks

Denver requires that property owners clear snow and ice from their sidewalks, including adjacent ADA ramps, so that EVERYONE has safe access throughout the city! Senior citizens, people with disabilities, parents with strollers, and mail carriers — just to name a few — struggle to negotiate hazardous walkways. We need to do our part to make our community safe and accessible for all.

Timing: After snow has stopped falling, businesses need to begin clearing their sidewalks immediately. Residences need to clear their sidewalks by the next day.

Inspectors leave a time-stamped notice at properties with un-shoveled sidewalks. After receiving a notice, businesses have four hours and residences have 24 hours before the inspector’s re-check and a potential $150 fine.

Report A Problem: If it has been more than 24 hours after a snow event and sidewalks near you are still not shoveled, please contact Denver 311 to provide the address of the unshoveled sidewalk.

Tips: For how to properly shovel snow, please visit Denver Health's Snow Removal Injury Prevention

Denver's Snow Angel Program