Standing Water


While it is good practice to get water away from the foundation of a home discharge to a pedestrian walkway can pose a number of safety hazards to the public. Standing water is a concern to Broomfield because of the threat of West Nile virus, algae growth, and ice in the winter, which can create a slipping hazard to pedestrians.
As you may be aware, sumps are designed to collect water from the perimeter foundation drain system of your house. Although it can be difficult at times to come up with a reasonable discharge system, we would like to offer a few alternatives to your current system:
Occasionally residents experience this drainage issue resulting from the runoff from their lot. In an effort to provide the conveyance of runoff directly to the curb, we have permitted the following sidewalk chase drains:
Recent prices range from $500-$1,000 for the 4” sidewalk chase drain and $1,000 - $1,500 for the standard 12” sidewalk chase drain.
The installation of a sidewalk chase drain will require a Public/Private Improvement Permit (PPIP) application for staff review. As part of the permit application, please provide a sketch showing the proposed location and a photo(s) that will demonstrate the need for the sidewalk chase drain. Please contact the Broomfield Building Division at (303) 438-6370 for any inquiries regarding contractor licensing.
The completed application can be submitted via email to or fax to (303) 438-6297.