New Britain offers financial assistance to property owners repairing sidewalks

Published on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:22
Written by Michelle France


NEW BRITAIN - The city is offering financial assistance to property owners seeking to make improvements to their sidewalks through the Cost-Sharing Sidewalk Repair Program.

“We recognize that repairing a sidewalk can be costly and in some cases simply unfeasible to budget for,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “We hope that this program will be beneficial to property owners; these improvements will make for a safe, better connected community.”

According to City Ordinance section 21-70, property owners are required to keep sidewalks bordering their properties safe and convenient for public use by repairing all defects which may endanger public traffic.

The Cost-Sharing Sidewalk Repair program will reimburse property owners for up to 50% of the costs of sidewalk replacement for single family residential properties, 40% for two family properties, and 33% for three to six family properties.

The program will be offered until the funds run out. The city has allocated $50,000 for the program.

Property owners interested in applying for the program may contact New Britain City Surveyor, Mike Caruso at 860-826-3376 or by email at

The program’s limitations and requirements are:

o    Property owners must enter an agreement with the City to be eligible for this program and sidewalk repair reimbursement funds.

o    This program is limited to New Britain residents, and owner occupied rental properties.

o    $6,000 is the maximum value the City will reimburse a property owner.

o    The maximum construction cost the City will reimburse a property owner is based on the pricing of the City’s sidewalk contractor, which was selected under a public bid process.

o    New Construction is exempt from this program.

o    The program is limited to sidewalk repairs on existing properties.

o    Sidewalk work must be performed by a qualified contractor licensed to do sidewalk construction with the City.

o    Work must be completed in conformance with the City’s engineering standards.

o    All applicable state and local permits must be obtained when doing the sidewalk repair work.

o    Police traffic control costs can be included in the total project cost.

o    The property owner must provide the City proof of payment to the contractor prior to receiving reimbursement.

Michelle France can be reached at 860-801-5087 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:22. Updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:24.