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Sidewalk inspections and notices

Inspections will begin in August in Region 1 to notify property owners about adjacent sidewalks that are damaged, uneven, sloping or hazardous. Residents will receive a notice on their door, and an identical notice will be sent by mail to the property owner. The notice will contain information on the nature of the required repairs and instructions for how to proceed.

Sidewalk sections that require repairs will be easy to identify as they will be marked with white paint. If you received a notice, you can also view an online copy of the notice with photos of the damaged areas.

What are my sidewalk repair options?

The inspector will recommend sidewalk repairs based on their observations. Recommendations could include:

  • Partial or full replacement of concrete sidewalks
  • Grinding or shaving uneven concrete sidewalks
  • Mudjacking tilted slabs to relevel concrete sidewalk panels
  • Filling gaps, cracks or other holes in concrete
  • Releveling of flagstone
  • Replacement of flagstone with concrete; property owners also have the option of replacing flagstone with flagstone utilizing a private contractor

 

Owners of Single Family Homes or Duplexes

What are my choices after I get a notice?

  • You can choose to have the city make the repairs.
  • You can hire your own contractor to make the repairs
  • You may be able to do some repairs yourself, utilizing the Do-It-Yourself Guide

City ordinance does not hold renters responsible for making sidewalk repairs. The property owner will be notified independently by mail and will be responsible for responding.


What if I can’t afford to repair my sidewalk?

The sidewalk repair program will offer extended repayment assistance and affordability discounts for those who qualify. The city is also authorizing less expensive repair methods not currently allowed, such as sidewalk patching and grinding.

Choose a repair option

The city may perform repairs for single family homes and duplexes beginning 45 days after the notice is sent. 

Use the record number and PIN provided on the notice to review your record and invoice. 

Pay in Person

Webb Building Cashier
201 W. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202

Wastewater Buidling
2000 W. 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80223

If you intend to hire a contractor, contact the Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program within 45 days after receiving a notice. 

You can also use the record number and PIN provided on the notice to view the report for your sidewalk to provide additional information to your contractor.

Permits, fees and traffic control may be required.

If you intend to hire a contractor and need to ask about extensions or other information about scheduling work, please call 311 or email NSRP staff

See the DIY Guide for Hazardous Sidewalks (PDF)

If you intend to perform your own repairs, contact the Neighborhood Sidewalk Repair Program within 45 days after receiving a notice. 

You can also use the record number and PIN provided on the notice to view the report for your sidewalk to determine the necessary repairs.

If you intend to do repairs yourself and need to ask about extensions or other work requirements, please call 311 or email NSRP staff

 

A permit to close the sidewalk as well as barricades are required for concrete removal/replacement and flagstone removal/replacement and re-leveling due to the nature of the work.

NSRP Permit Requests (PDF - Submit by email)

 Permits may not be necessary for grinding, gap filling, and mudjacking work IF the sidewalk can remain open at all times while you are making the repairs.

 

 
Owners of Commercial or Multi-Family Residential Properties

Owners of commercial properties and multi-family residences have the option of hiring their own contractor and may be able to do some repairs themselves.

For buildings with HOAs, the HOA will be responsible for responding. 

Resources

DIY Guide for Hazardous Sidewalks (PDF)

List of contractors licensed to perform repairs in the right of way (PDF - May 2019)

Before hiring a contractor, you must verify their license is valid; check online at denvergov.org/contractorlicenses

Permits are required for all work for commercial and multi-unit properties. NSRP Permit Requests (PDF - Submit by email)

 

Appeals and Inaction

What happens if I ignore the sidewalk repair notice?

If sidewalk repairs are not made within 45 days of the repair notice, the city may use its contractor to make the repairs and bill the property owner afterwards.

Appeals

You may file for an appeal after receiving a repair notice. Appeals must be filed within 30 days.

Send a letter with a copy of the notice to:

Executive Director of Denver Public Works
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 608
Denver, CO 80202