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The Executive Director of Public Works, City and County of Denver, proposes to change Public Works Executive Director’s Rules and Regulations: reference PWRR-011.0, title: Criteria for Hazardous or Defective Sidewalks. The proposed rules are adopted under Article II, Part 3 of the Charter of the City and County of Denver, and sections 49-112 and 49-119 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code.



Criteria for Hazardous or Defective Sidewalks

Any of the following conditions, if not corrected, may be designated as a defective or hazardous sidewalk under provisions of Section 49-119 of the Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver:

1. Missing sections of sidewalk.

2. Non-conformity to grade defined as either:

(a) a difference in elevation between adjoining sections of sidewalk or opposing edges of any fissures (cracks) on the sidewalk surface of three-fourths (3/4) of an inch or more; or

(b) excessive slope consisting of cross-slopes greater than 5.0%.

3. Unstable walking surface due to defects on the surface such as fissures that have created a gap of three-fourths (3/4) of an inch or more, spalled finish conditions that create an unstable walking surface, or incomplete sections due to missing corners or pieces of the sidewalk section. Up to a maximum 2" gap between flagstones pieces will not be considered hazardous so long as grout or sand and gravel fill the gaps to within ¼-inch of the surface. Gaps greater than 2” adjacent to flagstone will require color to match or grey concrete to fill the gaps.

4. Section 2(a) and 3 shall apply to the sidewalk zone crossing driveways.

5. Non-conformity with applicable ordinances of the Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver.

The Department of Public Works, City Engineer's Office has additional information that may be needed. The information includes Standard Construction Specifications and Drawings and Standard Specifications for Construction, General Contract Conditions. The City Engineer's Office is located at 201 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80202.

The Public Works Rules and Regulations, Criteria for Hazardous or Defective Sidewalks, previously adopted October 15, 1993, are hereby repealed and replaced by these rules and regulations.


Written comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to the Executive Director of Public Works, Eulois Cleckley, Department of Public Works, 201 W. Colfax Avenue, Dept. 506, Denver, Colorado 80202, or by email to

Written comments must be received no later than 4:00 P.M, Thursday, March 1, 2018.

A public rule-making hearing shall be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Avenue, Room 1.D.1, Denver, Colorado 80202.

Published: February 9, 2018 in The Daily Journal