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 Sidewalk Information

One of the most important features of Doylestown Borough infrastructure is sidewalks.  Ninety percent of the Borough has sidewalks that connect our homes, schools, shops and parks to provide a safe, clean, dry pathway to walk from one place to another.

This walkability is one of the finest things our town offers to residents and visitors, however, sidewalks need maintenance to keep them useful and safe. Property owners in the Borough of Doylestown are responsible for maintaining sidewalks on their property. Sidewalks must be maintained free of hazards, including trip hazards, drainage problems, and holes.

All sidewalk repairs that involve removal of existing material to the base require a sidewalk permit. Click here for a permit application.  Minor defects in the sidewalk may be repairable by saw cutting and filling or by stub toe grinding.

New sidewalks must be 4 foot wide and made of concrete, clay brick pavers, or other permanent materials approved by council. 

This page explains property owner responsibilities for sidewalk maintenance and repair and provides helpful tips to assist in making that maintenance as easy as possible.

Sidewalk Problems and Repair Fact Sheet
 
Who is Responsible for Doylestown Borough Sidewalks?

Doylestown Borough Code of Ordinance Chapter 21, Part 2, Section 201 requires owners of to maintain sidewalks, curbs, and gutters abutting their property. 

Who is Responsible for Injuries on Sidewalks?

Property owners can be held liable for injuries that occur as a result of a dangerous condition on the sidewalk they are responsible to maintain.  If you have questions about this please contact your property insurance company for more info.
 

Who Decides Whether or Not a Sidewalk needs repair?

You should always repair anything you, your attorney or insurance carrier feel is a problem, however, the Borough of Doylestown can inspect your sidewalks and issue notice to correct anything that violates the Borough Code or presents a hazard. If you fail to make those corrections you  may incur citations that can result in fines.

What Types of "Problems" Should Property Owners Look For?
 
Common dangerous defects in sidewalks include:

  • Trip hazards, defined as any irregularity in the sidewalk that results in a change of elevation of more than a ½ inch. This includes all edges, joint seems and expansion joints.  Cracks and faults are considered trip hazards when the change in elevation of the edges is greater than 1/2 inch vertically or there is a gap of more than 3/4 inch horizontally. Other common problems include:
  • Holes greater than 1 inch square.
  • Heaved blocks of concrete of bricks that create trip hazards.
  • Surfaces must be level and nonskid high traction such as broom finish concrete or paver grade brick.
  • Grading must prevent accumulation of water. 

 Sidewalk Problems and Repair Fact Sheet

What Should I Do If I Get a Sidewalk Repair Notice?

The notice will specify how long you have to repair the sidewalk. It is helpful to contact the Borough. We will be happy to help you determine the problems that must be addressed as well as options for repair or replacement.  At that time we will help you determine if you need a permit.  We recommend you do not wait to address the issue and that you inform your insurance carrier that you received a notice.

What Should I do If I Find A Dangerous Condition On A Sidewalk?
 
Make a note of the address and the problem and contact the Borough to report it. We will make an investigation and follow up. You do not need to leave your name, however, you do need to give us an address or other identifying information so the inspector can find the problem you are reporting.

 What is the Rule About Snow and Ice?
 
Property owners and or occupants are required to remove snow and ice from their sidewalk within 10 hours after the precipitation has ended. Failure to clear your sidewalk may result in citation and fines.

What About Hedges and Trees?
 
Property owners and or occupants are required to keep the full width of the sidewalk clear for pedestrian use. Overhanging trees and bushes should be trimmed and kept trimmed.  If you have a sidewalk that needs to be repaired and it is complicated by a tree or tree roots, or contains a tree pit, contact the Borough for more information on best practices for managing sidewalks around street trees.

 Sidewalk Permit Application 

The information provided in this guide is intended only to assist individuals in understanding the code requirements. It is not a complete recitation of the code. Property owners should consult the Doylestown Borough Code of Ordinance for answers to specific questions.  

 


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