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Sidewalk Repair

In accordance with Section 13-2-205 of the Anne Arundel County Code, routine maintenance and repair of sidewalks is the responsibility of the abutting property owner unless the County has damaged the sidewalk in some manner. If the sidewalk was damaged by the County and a tripping hazard exists, the sidewalk will be wedged. Total replacement of the sidewalk is dependent upon the severity of the problem and available funding.

As a homeowner, guaranteeing the safety of your sidewalk should be a top priority. Eliminate any slipping hazards such as discharge of water from sump pumps onto the sidewalk, removal of leaves from sidewalks, and removal of snow from sidewalks. Using the sidewalk for anything other than pedestrian traffic is not recommended as it can damage this area. Parking on sidewalks should be avoided. Be careful when planting vegetation near the sidewalk as roots can cause tripping hazards. For tips on how to prolong the life of your sidewalk from winter weather hazards, please view our information on how to protect your sidewalk

Construction of new sidewalks in a residential or commercial subdivision generally is accomplished either by the developer of the subdivision or commercial site development plan, or the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). A “capital” project involves a physical improvement to public property.

Citizen requests for construction of new sidewalks in the public right of way may be submitted to the Office of Transportation, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, telephone 410-222-7440.

Requests for repair of sidewalks damaged by the County should be directed to the appropriate road district. Road districts are open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A supervisor will investigate your concern and respond to you within one week (one day if it is a hazard) to advise you of a schedule for any needed work. 

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