Who Owns the Sidewalk in the State of New Jersey?


Whether it is the dead of winter or the height of summer, raining, snowing or sunny, the sidewalk can be perilous to unwary pedestrians. That said, owners of those sidewalks are not free from their responsibilities if someone gets hurt. If you have sustained injuries, please read on, then contact an experienced Morris County slip and fall attorney to learn who owns the sidewalk in the state of New Jersey.

Who does the sidewalk belong to in New Jersey?

With regard to residential property, the sidewalk that is adjacent to or in front of such property is deemed public property. Therefore, under New Jersey law, an owner of a residential property owes no duty to pedestrians to maintain the public sidewalk. Generally, homeowners are not responsible for maintaining the sidewalks outside of their homes. However, under state accident law, commercial property owners are liable for negligence that leads to sidewalk fall accidents like a trip and fall or slip and fall accident.

Who qualifies as a commercial property owner in New Jersey?

Under the laws of the Garden State, a “commercial property” means any other type of income-producing property. Examples include the following:

  • Shopping centers
  • Malls
  • Office buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Theaters
  • Medical centers
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Warehouses
  • Industrial properties
  • Apartment buildings

Since the owner is getting a profit from those living or working in those buildings or complexes, the owner and any managers of the property are responsible for keeping the area safe. So, if you have a slip and fall accident while visiting any of these facilities, you can file suit against the property owner for liability.

How can a New Jersey personal injury attorney help you after a sidewalk accident?

It should go without saying that regardless of the extent of your injuries and/or their share of the fault, New Jersey property owners and managers are not going to simply give you the damages you deserve. In order to receive the compensation you may be entitled to, you should reach out to a skilled Morris County personal injury attorney. He or she will fully apprise you of your rights and responsibilities as well as give you an honest assessment of the merits of your case. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.


If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. Contact Lutz Injury Law today.

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