Who is responsible for maintaining and repairing broken sidewalks in the City of Atlanta?
City law makes abutting property owners responsible for maintaining and repairing broken or damaged sidewalks. (City Code of Ordinances 138-14)
What is the general cost to make repairs to City of Atlanta sidewalks?
If the Department of Public Works makes repairs, property owners will be assessed the costs incurred based on the approved fee structure. (City Code of Ordinances 138-96)
Some neighborhood associations will assist with the cost of the repair. Check with your neighborhood association for information regarding financial assistance with sidewalk repairs.
Can I choose to have my own contractor perform the work?
All repairs must receive a permit from the City prior to implementation. Here are instructions and an application for receiving a permit. If you are choosing your own contractor, certain additional requirements must be met. (City Code of Ordinances 138-98)
Are there any compliance requirements when installing or repairing sidewalks in the City of Atlanta?
All sidewalks must meet certain minimum compliance standards. (City Code of Ordinances 138-17)
Additional information on ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance is available in a guide from the Federal Highway Administration. (Accessible Sidewalks and Street Crossings)
Additionally, if you live in a designated Historic, Landmark or Urban Conservation district, further standards must be met. (City code of Ordinances 138-101(a-c))
What about overgrown vegetation blocking the sidewalk?
The abutting property owner is responsible for maintenance of any vegetation between the sidewalk and the curb, or between the sidewalk and the property line. (City Code of Ordinances 138-14(b))
Who should I contact if I need additional information regarding sidewalk repairs in the City of Atlanta?
For additional information regarding sidewalk maintenance and repair, please contact the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works, (404) 330-6240.