Sidewalk Drainage Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is my neighbour allowed to construct a sidewalk on his property?

    Yes. Current construction techniques involve the cross-fall for the sidewalk. In other words, water is encouraged to gently run off the sidewalk surface to prevent the accumulation of water and ice could pose a slipping hazard. Generally this water is directed toward the side lot line where a gentle swale could be present. It is not uncommon for soil to have settled and/or consolidated over the years so it no longer conveys storm flows to the road. It is often thought that these trace amounts of water will cause flooding of adjacent lands. Many times both sides of a property line are in need of regrading.Categories: Drainage, Municipal Works, Sidewalk Drainage