The City of Portland Sidewalk Program oversees the maintenance of City sidewalks, curbs, and corners.The program's goal is to ensure that all sidewalks are safe and accessible for pedestrians and to help prevent injuries caused by defective sidewalks.
The Sidewalk Program ensures safe and accessible sidewalks by:
- Maintaining and repairing curbs and corners
- Inspecting and issuing permits for sidewalk repairs
- Providing curb ramps in the downtown and commercial areas to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Property owners’ responsibilities to repair sidewalks:
As in many other cities, the Portland City Code states that property owners must keep sidewalks in good repair so that they are free of tripping hazards and other safety hazards for pedestrians and people in wheelchairs. Transportation Bureau inspectors assess sidewalks and notify the property owner of needed repairs. In the event timely repairs are not made by the property owner, the Transportation Bureau hires a private contractor to make the repairs and bills the property owner for the costs.
More information and resources are available:
To learn more about how to repair sidewalks, please see the Sidewalk Repair Manual.
Property owners who wish to voluntarily repair their sidewalks can call 503-823-7002 or email PBOTSidewalkPermits@portlandoregon.gov.
For additional questions on sidewalk repairs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 823-1711. You may also read our Sidewalk Maintenance Program Policy and Operating Guidelines on the City Auditor's website.
By the numbers:
The City maintains over 37,000 corners and over 3,200 miles of curbs that create the edge of the sidewalk system. The City has the responsibility to inspect the safety of over 8,600,000 square yards of city sidewalks.