City of Binghamton, New York

Who is responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks?

The property owner is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of sidewalks.
In accordance with the Code of Ordinances, §355-14. depositing snow on streets and sidewalks is prohibited.
In accordance with the Code of Ordinances, §265-13. public sidewalks abutting upon private property shall be maintained and repaired by the owner of the property in accordance with the following provisions:
(1) The owner shall cause his or her sidewalk to be kept free of obstructions and in good repair and conditions and safe for public use.
(2) In the event that sidewalks become out of grade (a heave, movement or settlement greater than one inch), the owner shall bring the same into true grade.
(3) Where the owner shall fail or neglect to repair any sidewalk or bring the same to true grade within 45 days as determined by the Code Enforcement Bureau, the sidewalk shall be repaired or brought to grade by the Department of Public Works, and a bill for the expenses incurred shall be presented to the owner and collected in accordance with §§ 91 and 92 of the Second Class Cities Law of the State of New York. The bill presented to the owner shall include all City expenses, material and contractor costs.
(4) The accumulation of snow and ice on sidewalks must be removed within 24 hours after said accumulation ceases. In the event of noncompliance, the Code Enforcement Director may direct the Department of Public Works to clean said sidewalks, and a bill shall be presented to the owner as per Subsection I(3).
(5) In addition, the owners of commercial properties in areas defined as business or commercial districts under Chapter 410, Zoning, of the Code of the City of Binghamton, shall be required to maintain the sidewalk(s) abutting their property free of litter, trash and garbage and shall provide trash receptacles into which their patrons may dispose of all litter, trash and/or garbage generated by the provision of services or goods to their patrons.

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