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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 Mayor's 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

Addressing gaps in the city's sidewalk network with a focus on providing access to transit, schools, libraries, parks and city facilites

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Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair

A multi-year program working with property owners in Denver's neighborhoods to address damaged sidewalks.

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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

Citizens may contact Denver Public Works to request inspections or report damage, or contact their City Council representative to report an issue on their behalf. No anonymous complaints are accepted.

  • The City allows one complaint per year per complainant and will not accept lists of complaints or multiple addresses. 
  • Complaints with an appearance of harassment or discrimination will be discarded and similar new ones will not be accepted.

To make a report, contact 311 or a City Council representative.

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, inspectors begin enforcement — checking business areas the same day and residential areas the following day. Inspectors check business areas proactively, and residential areas in response to complaints.

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: Please contact Denver 311 to provide the address of unshoveled sidewalks.

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

 

Community Streets Program

A Public Works program for community organizations interested in installing temporary projects on city streets to promote community building, enhance aesthetics, and create an enriched pedestrian environment. Learn more »