Businesses and commercial buildings must keep sidewalk areas free of objects that could impede pedestrian traffic.
With the exception of “zero sidewalk display” streets, stores are allowed to display merchandise on the sidewalk.
The display must not:
- Extend more than 3 feet into the sidewalk from the building
- Be higher than 5 feet
Businesses that participate in the Open Storefronts Program may display merchandise on sidewalks if:
- Objects or goods are directly next to the building
- Objects or goods extend no more than 5 feet from the property line
- An 8-foot clear path is maintained for pedestrians
What You Can Report
You can report sidewalks or streets that are blocked by:
- Large sidewalk displays
- Coin-operated rides
What You Can’t Report
You can’t report street vendors or peddlers blocking the street or sidewalk with this request form. Please visit the Vendor Complaint page to report this issue.
Zero Sidewalk Display Streets
Certain locations are designated "zero sidewalk display" streets, meaning stores cannot display items on the sidewalk.
Zero sidewalk display street rules do not apply to business owners authorized to participate in the temporary Open Storefronts program. Participants must follow the siting criteria for Open Storefronts instead. The Open Storefronts program will run from October 30, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
You can find out if your business is on a zero sidewalk display street.