DOT's goal is to make the City's 12,750 miles of sidewalks safe for pedestrians and help prevent injuries caused by defective sidewalk. DOT replaces more than 2 million square feet of sidewalk a year, mostly on City-owned property and in neighborhoods with predominately one-, two- and three- family homes. 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 repair and maintain sidewalk adjacent to their property.
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.