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Curb and Sidewalk Program


The Department of Public Works offers a reimbursement program for curb, and sidewalk replacement projects on residential properties within city limits. Property owners who replace existing curb and sidewalk on their property are eligible for partial reimbursement of the construction costs.  

View Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Brochure 

View Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Application



What is the Curb and Sidewalk Reimbursement Program?

The Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Program assists property owners in making needed repairs to curbs and sidewalks abutting their properties, to protect the general public, and to improve the appearance of the neighborhood. This program can also be used to add new curbs and sidewalks where there are gaps in existing connections. 

Per Chapter 18, Article 3 of the South Bend Municipal Code, the maintenance and repair of curb and sidewalk is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. 


What are the reimbursement amounts?

The Curb & Sidewalk program offers reimbursements for replacement of existing curbs and sidewalks within city limits. Reimbursement amounts are listed below.

  Homeowner Occupied Homeowner Occupied
(In Target Area)
*All Other
CURB  $15 per linear ft. $30 per linear ft.

$7.50 per linear ft.

SIDEWALK $20 per linear ft. $40 per linear ft. $10 per linear ft.
ADA RAMP  $950 per ramp $950 per ramp $950 per ramp

*Includes landlords, businesses, churches, schools, etc. Maximum reimbursement amount for the *All Other category is 250 ft of curb and sidewalk combined.

For 2019, the City has selected three target areas based on income and conditions of sidewalks. Homeowners who live within these target areas will receive a higher reimbursement amount. View Target Areas.


How do I submit my application for the Curb and Sidewalk Program?

All reimbursement applications must be submitted to the Streets Department either in person or by mail, at the address below.

City of South Bend - Division of Streets
731 Lafayette Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601


What is the process for the Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Program?

The reimbursement process consists of six steps.

1. Project Estimate: Contact a licensed contractor for an estimate on curb and sidewalk repair work. 

2. Application: Fill out the Curb & Sidewalk Reimbursement Application and include the contractor's estimate with your submission.  

3. Pre-Approval: The City will complete a pre-construction inspection of the project and give pre-approval within five business days. 

4. Permits: Instruct the contractor to get sidewalk construction and occupancy permits from the City's Engineering Office, located on the 13th floor of the County-City Building. 

5. Construction: Once the contractor has completed the project and has been paid, mail in proof of payment (signed contractor invoice) along with a copy of the pre-approval application to:

Division of Streets & Sewers
731 S Lafayette Blvd
South Bend, IN  46601

6. Reimbursement: The City completes post-construction inspection at the property. Upon a successful inspection, a reimbursement check will be mailed within five to six weeks. 


When does the Curb and Sidewalk Program end?

The final reimbursement form, including contractor signature confirming that the work is complete, must be turned in to the Streets Department by November 18, 2019.


311 Process Notes

Callers with questions that cannot be answered by 311 should be directed to Marcia Qualls at x5939. She oversees this program. Even though Marcia works part-time, service requests should always be sent and submitted to Marcia.

Non-homeowners mean commercial properties, churches, schools, businesses, etc. There is a maximum reimbursement amount for landlords, businesses, churches, schools, commercial properties, etc of 250 ft of curb and sidewalk combined.