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Permit Renewal Unit

The Permit Renewal unit issues renewals on active permits and permits that have expired, but have activity on the application within a two year period of the permit expiration date for various types of general construction within the five boroughs. The unit also provides the following additional services:

  • Superseding active permits
  • General contractor's tracking number insurance update
  • Review permit renewal submissions that have “work without a permit violations”. The unit may override or assess the civil penalty of such violations as deemed necessary.
  • Process outstanding civil penalty fee payments due.

Hours and Processing Information

Our customer service hours at the window are now 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday. All walk-ins that would like their applications processed the same day should make their submissions prior to 1 PM. There are two ways in which you can receive your renewed permit:

  1. permits may be picked up,


  2. permits may be mailed.

Please indicate your preference when submitting your application on the addressed return envelope.

Tips on Properly Completing a Permit Renewal Application:

  1. Notarize permit renewal application in section 8, when a renewal with change is required.

  2. Enclose an individual $100.00 check for each work type.

  3. Check off only one work type per application.

  4. Sidewalk shed permits always require approval letters in order to be renewed. The letter must include:

    • A description of the condition of the building or portion of building, and the amount of work performed since issuance of the last shed permit.
    • An estimate of the amount of time needed to complete the work as well as the name, address and telephone number of the property owner.
    • An original signature and seal from a professional engineer or registered architect, attesting to the items listed above.

  5. Remember to indicate on the addressed return envelope. Whether you want your permit to be mailed to you or whether you plan to pick it up.

  6. Fence Waiver letters must be signed and dated by an authorized Department of Buildings official only.

Other Related Links:
Permit Renewal FAQ