From the Forum: Repairing a Sidewalk After a Violation Notice

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    A homeowner has received a violation from the DOT for the damaged bluestone sidewalk in front of their home and is wondering how to proceed with repairs. The violation says that they have to replace the sidewalk within 45 days at their expense — but, if the damage was caused by the street tree they will not be charged if the city makes a repair. They’ve been told it could be months before the city could inspect the tree, well beyond the 45 days the violation says they have to fix the problem.

    The house is also within a historic district so replacing the bluestone with concrete would require review. What should they do to comply with the violation time frame?

    Please chime in with any advice.


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