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Who is responsible for sidewalk repair/maintenance?

The owner of the property fronting the sidewalk is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, curb, gutter and planting strip in a non-hazardous condition. Although the City of Petaluma has an easement to allow safe pedestrian access, it is not responsible for maintenance and repair. Property owners are potentially liable for personal injuries caused by their failure to maintain reasonably safe sidewalks. Repairing your sidewalk may reduce your potential liability.

Note: Sidewalk Repairs require an encroachment permit, which can be obtained from the Encroachment Permit Counter in the lower floor at the City Hall, 11 English Street. For more information, call 707-778-4303 or send email to encroachmentpermits@cityofpetaluma.org.

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