Our online utility bill pay system is currently down. The software vendor is looking into the issue. In the meantime, we will not proceed with shut-offs as scheduled for 2/28/23 and will update the timeline when the system returns. You can still pay by credit card, check or cash at City Hall.

Sidewalks are a partnership between property owners and the City. Since its founding, Sumner’s goal has been to achieve a completed sidewalk system. Since then, many property owners have paid to install and/or repair their sidewalks over the years per City code. However, the City continues to find ways where we can help alleviate the burden of fixing/installing sidewalks as much as possible.

A Sidewalk is:

“… any thoroughfare, the primary function of which is to serve pedestrian traffic. The term includes any and all improvements included in the space between the street pavement edge and the property line, known as the sidewalk area,  including sidewalks, gutters and curbs along all driveways across sidewalks”.

SMC 12.20.010

Latest News about Sidewalks

Snow, Ice & Cold

Like you, we prepare each winter for snow. Sometimes we get “Snowmageddon” and sometimes snow predictions just “flake out.” Either way, it’s better to be prepared. Keep in mind a few things about winter weather in Sumner. Roads & Sidewalks Staying Warm at Home Needing Shelter
Safety while walking, using a wheelchair, driving and riding a bike

Safety of Bikes, Pedestrians, & Drivers

Please brush up on basic safety tips to keep pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles moving safely through Sumner.  BICYCLES Wear a helmet (all ages). Avoid riding on the sidewalk in crowded business areas. Yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks. Wear lights/reflective gear if riding in the darks. PEDESTRIANS Look […]

Wood & Main Intersection

Design is underway to fix the intersection of Main Street and Wood Avenue. This intersection heralds back to the historic old town Sumner. Now, with street and sidewalk upgrades along Main Street, it is time to update this remaining gap for accessible and safe walking and vehicle use of the […]

Sidewalk Improvement Project

Sumner’s largest sidewalk fill-in and repair project begins this summer. Construction starts to fill in missing sidewalks, repair broken and cracked sidewalks and repair trip hazards. Driveway approaches will also be fixed if they are broken up or do not meet ADA standards as well as intersection curb ramps that […]

Sidewalks & Accessibility

Your sidewalk must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards to keep our system accessible to individuals whether they are blind, rely on a mobility scooter, use a wheelchair, etc. We realize many older sidewalks were put in place before these standards. We continue to use grants, our own sidewalk program and other options to help you fix issues with the actual sidewalk but there are other ongoing maintenance issues that you should always be aware of as well:

  • Do not park vehicles across sidewalks, blocking access.
  • Do not block sidewalks with signs, merchandise, artwork, furniture, etc.
  • Keep adjacent trees and shrubbery pruned back from the sidewalk. While you’re at it, be sure to keep water meters and fire hydrants also clearly visible and not blocked by bushes.
  • Keep sidewalk clear of snow and any other slipping hazards including but not limited to leaves, petals, fruit.
  • Pet owners, NEVER leave pet waste on yours or someone else’s sidewalk.

More about Sumner’s ADA Plan

Graphic showing tree  branches should be 12 feet above the roadway, 8 to 10 feet above sidewalks with shrubs not encroaching the sidewalk.
Guide for pruning shrubs away from roads/sidewalks.

Sidewalk ResponsibilitiesPer SMC 12.20,12.32, 12.42

Property Owners

City of Sumner

  • Clear sidewalks of debris​
  • Monitor sidewalks and report damages​
  • Complete sidewalk repairs that are not City responsibility​
  • Maintain street tree and trim limbs smaller than 1” diameter​
  • Fully maintain private property trees that affect the sidewalk system
  • Clearing sidewalks of:​
    • Snow, Ice, Dirt, Leaves, Waste, etc.​
  • Maintain vegetation within the planting strip​
  • No parking on sidewalks​
    • Park only in designated areas
  • Complete Sidewalk Repairs related to:​
    • Street Tree Damage​
    • Failed Utilities​
  • Trim street tree limbs larger than 1” diameter

Ongoing Maintenance

The general rule is that sidewalk repair and maintenance is the responsibility of the abutting property owner. For more on what constitutes repair and maintenance, and what the notice and enforcement requirements entail, please see Sumner Municipal Code 12.20.

Sidewalks and Snow

Again, it is the property owner’s responsibility for ongoing maintenance of sidewalks, not the City’s. When it snows, the City will clear sidewalks adjacent to our property only (parks, City Hall, etc.). It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear sidewalks in front of homes and businesses.

Sidewalks and Street Trees

When we plant a street tree, we add a root barrier to keep roots from growing under sidewalks. Unfortunately, we didn’t always do this practice with our older street trees. If you think a City street tree has damaged your sidewalk, please let us know Although it may be our responsibility to fix the damage, it’s also your responsibility to let us know about it.

Sidewalk Permits

Whenever work is completed in the City of Sumner a permit is required. This ensures that the work that is completed is done in a way that will meet all the City of Sumner standards and ensure that the sidewalk is constructed to meet ADA requirements. The following information will be helpful when applying for a permit:

  • The sidewalk repair and/or sidewalk installation shall be completed by a licensed and bonded contractor.
    • Most often, the contractor that you hire will apply for the sidewalk permit as part of their scope of work, and will factor in the permit fee with the cost that they have quoted you
  • A ROW bond is required to be submitted with your permit application
  • A detailed site plan is required that shows the location and all details of the sidewalk that is to be replaced
    • Be sure to attach the City of Sumner Standard Plan for the sidewalk – this plan should be followed for construction to ensure ADA compliance

To apply for a permit for a sidewalk repair/replacement, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the self service permit website: https://selfservice.sumnerwa.gov/EnerGov_Prod/SelfService#/home
  2. Click on “Apply”
  3. In the search bar, search “sidewalk”
  4. Select “Sidewalk/Driveway Replacement”
    1. If you are constructing a new sidewalk where there is no existing sidewalk, this is still the correct permit
  5. You will then be directed to log in or create an account if you have not yet applied for a permit with this system
  6. Then follow the prompts for your permit application
    1. The application will not allow you to move on without submitting the proper documentation
    1. You may be contacted for corrections or additional throughout the application process

If you have any questions or concerns while submitting your permit application, please email permits@sumnerwa.gov

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Courtney Littrell

More about street trees and maintenance

City Sidewalk Programs

Street Trees Sidewalk Repair Program

The Street Trees Sidewalk Repair Program is a program used to repair damaged sidewalk locations throughout the city in which the damage has been caused by street trees. This typically means that the roots of the street tree have grown too large for the area that they are within and/or are now growing out, instead of down, and are now growing up within the sidewalk area. The city has upgraded their standard plan for street tree plantings to now include a root barrier to be installed when the tree is planted in order to prevent this damage from happening. However, this was not always the case, in which there are many sidewalk locations throughout the city that are damaged due to the tree roots. In the summer of 2021, there was an assessment completed of the street tree caused sidewalk damages. From that, we as a city are working to repair these locations over time. The repairs will be prioritized for areas that have not had recent sidewalk repairs, are within the lowest Equity Index, and areas that were rated the worst.

Helping Homeowners Sidewalk Program

The Helping Homeowners Sidewalk Program, previously known as the “Volunteer Sidewalk Program”, is a program that has been created to assist homeowners with the repair of the sidewalks adjacent to their property. This program is for sidewalk repairs that would normally be the property owner’s responsibility to fix. This program is a cost share program with the city, where the homeowner is responsible for paying 50% of the cost and the city will pay the remaining 50%. In addition, the city will coordinate the repairs throughout the city, and work with a contractor to make these repairs. To qualify for these repairs, the homeowner will need to have a damaged sidewalk that has been reported to the city, in which the city will then offer applications to those homeowners. If the property owner is selected to be a part of the program, the repairs will then be made as one large project with different locations throughout the city.

ADA Improvement Program

The ADA Improvement Program is a program that is used to make immediate ADA repairs throughout the city. These repairs are for things such as ADA curb ramps, sidewalks, and driveway approaches that are prohibiting a resident from accessing their homes, cars, mailboxes, etc. These repairs are for more emergent uses, and is completed on a case by case basis. These are repairs that are fully funded by the city.

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