A Guide to New York City Sidewalk Rules and Regulations
New York City Administrative Code § 7-210 - Liability of real property owner for failure to maintain sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition.
The enactment of New York City Administrative Code § 7-210 in 2003 transferred the responsibility of sidewalk maintenance from the city to property owners, stating:
"It shall be the duty of the owner of real property abutting any sidewalk, including, but not limited to, the intersection quadrant for corner property, to maintain such sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition."
Sidewalk defects are a leading cause of liability claims for property owners and managers in New York City. A proactive approach to sidewalk maintenance includes prompt identification and mitigation of sidewalk defects.
What is a Sidewalk Defect?
Click here for a downloadable PDF that specifies what a sidewalk defect is according to New York City Administrative Code.
Approaches to Mitigate NYC Sidewalk Defect Claims
The most effective method for mitigating New York City sidewalk defect claims is to take proactive measures toward prevention of pedestrian trips and falls. This includes periodic inspection and prompt repair of substantial defects on and around your property. It is also important to partner with a responsive and reputable contractor.
- NYC Administrative Sidewalk Code
- NYC Parks Department Tree Wells
- RCNY Title 34 Section 2-07 -- Underground Street Access Covers, Transformer Vault Covers and Gratings
- RCNY Title 34 Section 2-13 -- Vaults
- RCNY Title 34
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