City of Binghamton, New York

Curb and Sidewalk Assistance Application

The Curb & Sidewalk Assistance Program provides financial assistance to property owners seeking to construct or reconstruct sidewalks and curbs along their properties and within City right of way.  The City will pay the contractor up to 50% of the cost for such work, as based on a maximum unit price established each year by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.  All contracts are to be negotiated between the property owner and the contractor. 

Eligibility

Once the application has been received by the City’s Engineering Department, an Engineering Inspector will evaluate the property to determine the number of square feet of sidewalk and/or linear feet of curb that are eligible for the Assistance Program.  In a letter to the property owner, the City then will identify the eligible work and the associated amount to be issued to the contractor once the work has been completed and inspected by the Engineering Department.  Any variances to the approved work must be authorized by the City Engineer prior to starting the improvements.

Payments

The contractor must submit an itemized statement of all work performed, related costs and all payments received from the property owner.  A check then will be sent directly to the contractor.

History

The Curb & Sidewalk Assistance Program was introduced in the 1970s to assist property owners with the cost of maintaining their sidewalks and curbs.  Although it is the responsibility of property owners to maintain and repair the sidewalks that border their properties, this program underscores the concept that sidewalks and curbs in good condition benefit the entire neighborhood.

Deadline and Links

The 2017 Curb & Sidewalk Assistance Program is now available. Applications are available online, as well as in the engineering office.