You are responsible for maintaining sidewalks next to your property. This includes repairs and cleaning up debris.
Installing New Sidewalk
Not all areas of Washington County have sidewalks. Most sidewalk construction occurs during residential development or through road improvement projects. New sidewalks can be expensive and may require drainage systems.
To have sidewalks installed in your area:
- Submit the Pedestrian and Biking Improvement Proposal Form, if your property is in the Urban Road Maintenance District. Learn more about the Pedestrian and Biking Improvement Projects.
- Hire a licensed contractor to install a sidewalk. A Sidewalk Repair Permit is required.
- Form a Local Improvement District (LID) with your neighbors. LID-funded sidewalks are paid through your property taxes.
Portland General Electric (PGE) maintains most streetlights on neighborhood streets. Property owners split the energy and maintenance costs for lights in their development evenly. The cost shows up on property tax statements as an assessment.
If a streetlight needs repair, look for a metal PGE tag on the pole. Note the pole and map numbers and submit a repair request directly to PGE. If you do not find a tag, call 503-464-7777 or report it online to PGE.
Streetlights are often installed during property development. Lights can also be installed as part of road improvements or to improve safety.
You can pay to have streetlights installed in your neighborhood. If you already have utility poles new streetlights can cost less. At least half of adjacent property owners need to agree.
For more information, call 503-846-3679.