Homes Association of
areas (those built after about 1958) within HACH have sidewalks constructed in
the County right-of-way. Maintenance of the sidewalk is the responsibility of
the owner of the property adjacent to the right-of-way.
goal of the sidewalk policy is to provide HACH homeowners definitions of
conditions of disrepair, as well as criteria for replacement/repair of sidewalks
and the process involved. The intended result is:
safety of neighborhood pedestrians (and reduced liability exposure of
with Washington County building standards
mechanism to trigger homeowners to respond to neighbor complaints or area
audits performed by the Board of Directors or Office staff.
requiring replacement/repair: The following conditions are considered a violation of
sidewalk policy and will trigger a letter from the Association office.
- A height difference between
sidewalk squares/panels of greater than ½ inch is considered a trip hazard
(Washington County tolerance is smaller). The measurement is taken at the
greatest difference of the two panels if they are not level with each other.
- Cracks, holes or separations
between panels that are long enough to catch up a pedestrian’s shoe and greater
than ½ inch with a depth of ½ inch or more are considered a trip hazard.
- Sidewalks more than 4 inches
higher than grade are considered a fall hazard.
- Sidewalk areas sunken enough to
hold water turn into a slip hazard when frozen.
- Cement driveway approaches, being in
the County right-of-way, follow the same criteria as sidewalks.
Sidewalk replacement or repairs can be done either by
the homeowner or a hired contractor. Once started, the repair process must be
completed in a timely manner – blocking off a sidewalk area for weeks at a time
- Ramping or skin patching of low
areas with cement is not an
- Grinding is not encouraged, but
the County’s goal is to reduce trip hazards. Grinding of trip hazards of 1 inch
or less is an acceptable repair if sufficient cement remains to support traffic
without cracking. Grinding needs to “feather” onto the high side panel at the
rate of at least 13 inches of travel per inch ground down, to prevent simply
creating a different kind of trip hazard.
- Replacement of cement typically is
done in full panels, after the panel requiring work has been removed. Partial
panels can be removed, but all replacement cement needs to be full depth (4
- If tree roots have caused the
damage, the homeowner should consult an arborist prior to any root cutting or
removal. Damage to the tree is the homeowner’s responsibility. If a street tree
needs removal, please see the HACH Street Tree Policy (separate permit
- An Association permit, approved by
Association office staff, is required to indicate to the Association that the
violation is being dealt with. Include a site plan drawn to scale showing the
location of the sidewalk repair and estimated start and finish dates, even if
the work needs to be scheduled in the future due to budget, weather, etc.
- A Washington County building
permit ($40) is required to replace a sidewalk or portion of a sidewalk. This
ensures compliance with building code, ADA requirements and triggers the inspection
and approval processes. It is the responsibility of the homeowner (or homeowner’s
contractor) to arrange the County permit.
Adopted by Board of Directors
Mark Swan, President
Homes Association of Cedar Hills,
Get a Washington County permit application here
Get an Association permit application here
PDF of Sidewalk Repair Policy here