Through the Trees and Sidewalks Repair Program, the City performs free repair for qualifying sidewalks severely damaged by curbside tree roots in front of one, two, and three family homes only. An official inspection of the broken sidewalk will determine if it qualifies for free repair and will rank the tree based on the level of activity on the street, the amount of sidewalk damage, and the tree's overall health. The program will repair the sidewalks with the highest priority first.
Owners of commercial properties, co-ops, condos or residential properties with four or more units do not qualify for the Trees and Sidewalks Repair Program but can request a sidewalk tree consultation with the City. The inspector will give you advice about how to repair the sidewalk without damaging the tree.
The City no longer permits root slicing or root pruning of City trees. Anyone with a sidewalk damaged by a City tree must request a sidewalk tree consultation.