Chapter 11.16


11.16.010    Sidewalks to be installed contiguous to curb – Exception.

11.16.020    Sidewalk width requirements.

11.16.030    Street tree wells.

11.16.040    Appeal of city engineer’s determinations.

11.16.050    Maintenance by lot owners.

11.16.060    Permit required.

11.16.010 Sidewalks to be installed contiguous to curb – Exception.

All sidewalks shall be installed contiguous to the curb unless the city engineer, for good cause shown, allows their placement at another location. (Ord. 75 § 1, 1988; 1987 Code § 8.06.010)

11.16.020 Sidewalk width requirements.

A. Unless otherwise provided in subsection C, in residential zones the paved section of sidewalks shall be at least five feet in width.

B. Unless otherwise provided in subsection C, in all other zones the paved section of sidewalks shall be at least eight feet in width.

C. The city engineer may authorize the construction of sidewalks in a different width when necessary to ensure conformity to sidewalks previously constructed in the vicinity, or where construction of sidewalks of the width required by this section would create a potentially dangerous condition.

D. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the construction of, or additions to, sidewalks on existing improved streets which do not have sidewalks, unless the entire street or a section thereof is subsequently improved with sidewalks. (Ord. 75 § 1, 1988; 1987 Code § 8.06.020)

11.16.030 Street tree wells.

For good cause shown, the city engineer may require the placement of street tree wells in sidewalks eight feet or greater in width. (Ord. 75 § 1, 1988; 1987 Code § 8.06.030)

11.16.040 Appeal of city engineer’s determinations.

In the event of a dispute regarding the city engineer’s decision regarding the location of the sidewalk or the placing of street wells as stated, any person aggrieved thereby may present the matter to the city council, which shall hear and finally decide the matter. (Ord. 75 § 1, 1988; 1987 Code § 8.06.040)

11.16.050 Maintenance by lot owners.

A. The owners of each lot fronting on any portion of a public street or place where the street or place is improved with a sidewalk shall maintain the sidewalk in such a condition that the sidewalk will not endanger persons or property and in a condition which will not interfere with the public convenience in the use of those works or areas, including keeping the sidewalk free of litter. The owners’ obligations shall not apply to those conditions created or maintained in, upon, above or in connection with such sidewalk by any person other than the owner of the lot, where the person is authorized to do work or to maintain encroachments by virtue of a permit or right granted to the person by law or by the city. The person creating the condition pursuant to a permit shall have the duty otherwise imposed by this section upon the lot owner. The obligations of this subsection also apply to lots where the area between the property line of the privately owned lot and the back of the street line is maintained as a parkway, park or parking strip.

B. The city manager is authorized to enforce subsection A of this section, pursuant to the provisions of the State Streets and Highways Code, Division 7, Part 3, Chapter 22, commencing with Section 5600.

C. For the purposes of this section, the term sidewalk includes a park or parking strip maintained in the area between the property line and the street line and also includes curbing, bulkheads, retaining walls or other work for the protection of any sidewalk, park or parking strip. (Ord. 419 § 4, 2010; Ord. 75 § 1, 1988; 1987 Code § 8.06.050)

11.16.060 Permit required.

All work to repair, replace, install or cut a sidewalk, driveway, curb, or gutter shall be done pursuant to a permit issued under Chapter 11.20 SBMC. (Ord. 75 § 1, 1988; 1987 Code § 8.06.060)