City Helping with Sidewalk Repair Cost

One way to get to know the community better is to take a walk!

Lancaster is becoming more walkable as more of us are walking to work, working from home, walking our neighborhoods, and enjoying the vibrant Downtown. As you’ve been out and about, have you noticed cracked or damaged sidewalks?

Property owners are responsible for the sidewalks on and adjacent to their property (according to Ohio law). To help property owners maintain sidewalks, the City of Lancaster started a Sidewalk Repair Reimbursement Program to offset the cost.

Here’s what you need to know:

1) This program is for sidewalk replacement only. Reimbursed replacement is “like for like” – if it’s concrete, it needs to be replaced with concrete, if it’s brick, it needs to be replaced with brick. Putting in a new sidewalk where one does not exist is not eligible.

2) If the sidewalk was damaged by a curb lawn (City) tree, the City will reimburse 100% of the cost to replace it. I’ll repeat that – if the concrete was damaged by a City-planted tree in the curb lawn, the City will reimburse the full cost of replacing that sidewalk.

3) If the sidewalk was not damaged by a curb lawn (City) tree, the City will still reimburse 50% of the cost of replacement. Yes, even if the sidewalk damage was not caused by a City-planted tree in the curb lawn, the City program will still reimburse 50% of the cost to replace it.

4) Your first step is to contact the City of Lancaster’s Engineering office in the Annex Building at 121 East Chestnut Street.

a) You’ll complete an application.

b) A very nice City representative named Cecil will come to your property and assess the damaged sidewalk, determine the sections that are in need of replacement, (including what was damaged by City trees and what wasn’t), and give you an estimate of how much you can expect to be reimbursed.

5) You hire a contractor. The City can refer you to contractors registered with the Buildings Department.

For more information, contact the City of Lancaster’s Engineering Department through the Sidewalk Repair Reimbursement Program page at the City’s website.


If you have ideas for how Lancaster can be more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, with more options for mass transportation, we need to hear from you!

Contact the Community Development Department at (740) 687-6663. We are working with our Planning & Zoning Department, Fairfield County Health Department, the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and Visit Fairfield County on an Alternative Transportation Plan, and we need to hear what you and your family and friends want to see (crosswalks, new sidewalks, protected bike lanes, mass transit routes, a light rail, trails, and extension of the bike path). There are many ways for you to get involved!

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Lynda Berge Disser

By Lynda Berge Disser

Lynda Berge Disser started her community development career in 1991 as director of a non-profit housing organization in an historic neighborhood. She has led training workshops for community-driven housing and commercial development across the country and has written grants that have brought in over $100 million for community development. Lynda currently serves as Director of the City of Lancaster's Community Development Department.