Construction Embargoes

DOT imposes construction embargoes during significant special events, including the New York City Marathon, parades, and for the winter holiday season. During embargoes, all active permits in the affected area(s) are suspended and no new permits may be approved, unless a waiver for the work is granted by DOT. Read more about embargoes in the Street Works Manual


2016 Holiday Construction Embargo – November 18 and November 21, 2016-January 2, 2017

A special Holiday Construction Embargo shall be in effect for the period of Friday, November 18, 2016 from 6:00 am to 11:59 pm and again from 6:00 am Monday, November 21, 2016 through 11:59 pm Monday, January 2, 2017. As a result, all routine work shall be suspended during the embargo period unless approval for the work is granted by the Department’s Office of Construction Mitigation and Coordination (OCMC). Such suspension shall not apply to emergency work for which an emergency number is obtained by the permittee pursuant to the provisions of section 2-11 of the Department’s Highway Rules.

It shall be a violation of the Department’s Highway Rules to perform any work on the street during this embargo period without the prior approval of OCMC or the receipt of an emergency number. The Department will strictly enforce this embargo and violators are subject to penalties.

A list of the affected locations and the conditions for this embargo is attached. A map of the affected locations is available on the Department’s website at:

Special Note: Please be aware that the 2016 Holiday Embargo remains in effect through January 2, 2017.


Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration Construction Embargo - December 22, 2016- January 2, 2017

A special event construction embargo is in effect for the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration. From 12:01 AM Thursday, December 22 through 11:59 PM Monday, January 2, 2017, only emergency work may be performed provided an emergency number is received from the New York City Department of Transportation. Any non-emergency permits issued prior to the date of this notice are hereby suspended for the dates and locations indicated. There will be strict enforcement of this embargo and violators are subject to be summonsed. The embargoed locations in Manhattan are as follows (see map):

Locations: Area bounded by West 38th Street on the south; West 59th Street on the north; 6th Avenue on the east; 8th Avenue on the west (all inclusive)