Many property owners may not know that normal repair and maintenance of sidewalks, planting strips, curbs, and gutters are the responsibility of the property owner. Petaluma Municipal Code Chapter 13.10 states that property owners are required to maintain the sidewalk, planting strips, curbs, and gutters adjacent to, or in front of, their property to allow for safe and unobstructed passage of pedestrians. Uneven sidewalks make pedestrian travel difficult and can cause safety hazards.
Please note, an encroachment permit is required for sidewalk repairs and can be obtained at the City of Petaluma, Department of Public Works & Utilities, 11 English Street. By repairing your sidewalk, you are reducing your potential for liability.
To report a hazardous sidewalk, or if you have any questions about sidewalk repairs, please contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at 707-778-4303, [email protected], or report an issue here.