In an effort to ensure the safety of individuals using public sidewalks and to preserve the character and quality of those areas which have a discernible character, the City of Sycamore offers a Public Sidewalk Replacement Program to qualifying property owners. Owners whose sidewalks are in disrepair and present a public safety concern may apply for reimbursement by the City at a rate of $4.00 per square foot toward the cost to replace qualifying sidewalks. It should be noted that only those sidewalks that pose a danger (trip hazard, large cracks, uneven surface, raised or sunken surface) are eligible for the program. Aged, discolored or sidewalks with rough surfaces likely will not qualify. If you wish to take advantage of the Public Sidewalk Replacement Program, please follow the steps below:
- Complete the Public Sidewalk Replacement Application and submit it to the Building & Engineering Department.
- Upon receipt of the application, a building inspector will inspect the existing sidewalk, mark those sections with paint that are eligible for the program and contact the applicant.
- If the applicant chooses to proceed with the sidewalk replacement, the applicant will hire a contractor to perform the agreed upon work and notify the Building & Engineering Department when the new sidewalk is complete.
- A building inspector will inspect the completed sidewalk and, if approved, will forward the application to the Finance Department for payment. The applicant should allow 30 days for processing of the payment.