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Property owners must clean and sweep the sidewalk and gutters next to their properties and the area extending 18 inches into the street from the curb. This rule applies even if someone else caused the dirty condition.

What You Can Report

You can report dirty sidewalks, including:

  • Loose trash and stray garbage bags
  • Broken glass
  • Dirt or gravel

What Happens Next

DSNY will inspect the location during the enforcement routing time for the address. If the condition exists at the time of inspection, DSNY may issue a summons to the property owner but will not clean it up.

You can report an area where people repeatedly litter.

This also includes:

  • Property owners who sweep or blow trash or debris into the street
  • Landscapers who disperse yard waste in or around a sidewalk, curb, or street

You can’t report a one-time occurrence of littering.

Please note that if you're a property owner, you are responsible for keeping the sidewalks and gutters next to your property clean. You're responsible even if you reported littering. You may get a ticket for trash you should have cleared but didn't.

What You Need

You must provide:

  • Timeframe and the days of the week when littering occurs
  • Type of material being littered

Call 311 to report the problem.

What Happens Next

A Department of Sanitation (DSNY) enforcement agent will watch the location during the timeframe you provided. If the agent sees someone littering, they will give them a violation.