Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 8
Homeowners interested in splitting the cost of sidewalk replacement with the city can join the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. The program allows homeowners to have new sidewalks installed at a significantly reduced cost over what they would pay a contractor.
The Chicago Department of Transportation will open the 2019 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 12:01 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the new 311 website. When you call, make sure to specify that you are interested in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Applications made prior to this date will not be accepted.
This is a very popular program that fills up within hours. Do not delay enrollment on January 8 if you are interested.
About the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program offers an opportunity for owner/occupants to share the cost of replacing sidewalks with the City. This voluntary program allows residents to replace sidewalks at a much lower cost than if they were to hire a private contractor.
The program covers the main walk, the courtesy walk, and existing catwalks/landing steps (the narrow strip of concrete adjacent to some curbs). Owner-occupants of corner houses will be charged for both the main (address) side and the sidewalk on the side of the house. CDOT will build ADA-compliant ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps.
The Shared Cost Sidewalk Program is very popular and is handled on a first-come, first served basis when the program opens in January. The funds are limited and the program closes for the year once the funds are allocated. The Department of Transportation typically announces when the program will open in mid-December. Keep your eye on my weekly e-newsletter and this website for that announcement. Please note that if you applied for the program in previous years, you must apply again when it re-opens.
Applications will only be accepted through the City’s 311 system or at the city’s Shared Cost Sidewalk website. Owner information and the property address must be provided at the time of the request.
Further information on the program is available by clicking here.