Street Works Manual

Applicants can check the status of their permit applications using kiosks located in the Permit Office. If they have applied online they can check their status by revisiting the anytime-anywhere website.

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Chapter 3: Permits and Approvals

3.3.5 Permit Application Review and Issuance (for Street Opening, Building Operations/ Construction Activity, and Sidewalk Construction Permits)

Permit Review is the process by which NYC DOT reviews permit applications and supporting documentation and makes determinations regarding the issuance of permits and permit stipulations. In some cases, applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person, however the majority of permit applications may be submitted online.

Review Procedures in the Central Permit Office

In-person applications for non-emergency work, including work on all streets in Manhattan and on all critical streets in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx; all work to be performed for sewer and water system construction; and all capital project work, all utility work, all crane requests, and all full closures of sidewalks and roadways must be submitted to the central Permit Office in Manhattan.

Following are the steps for permit application, review and issuance at the central Permit Office:

  1. The applicant submits permit application, proof of insurance (originally supplied during the registration process) and supporting documentation for review as to accuracy and completeness.
  2. If the application and its supporting documentation are accepted, the OCMC Project Manager (PM) reviews the application and all associated documents and adds the permit stipulations to the permit application. The most commonly issued permit stipulations may be found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/trafstip.pdf or in Appendix F, Permit Stipulations.
  3. If the applicant does not accept the permit stipulations, he or she can request a review with the PM. If the applicant does not agree with the PM, he or she is informed of the appeals process.
  4. During the processing of the permit, if there is a hold, the applicant is notified of the type of hold and the steps the applicant must take to release the hold. Section 3.5 Other Provisions Pertaining to Permits contains more information on holds.
  5. If there is no hold, the permit is issued to the applicant after appropriate payment is received. The central Permit Office accepts money orders, company checks, certified checks and most major credit cards as payment for permit fees.

Review Procedures in Borough Permit Offices

Applications for all other construction-related work, including work on critical streets in Staten Island, can be submitted to the borough office in the borough in which the work is to be performed.

Following are the steps for permit application, review and issuance at the borough Permit Offices:

  1. The applicant submits permit application, proof of insurance (originally supplied during the registration process) and supporting documentation for review as to accuracy and completeness.
  2. If all the documentation is accepted, pre-determined permit stipulations are added to the permit and the application is sent for processing.
  3. If there is a hold during the processing of the permit, the applicant is notified of the type of hold and the steps to take to release the hold. Section 3.5 Other Provisions Pertaining to Permits contains more information on holds.
  4. If there is no hold, the permit is issued to the applicant after appropriate payment is received. All borough Permit Offices accept money orders, company checks, certified checks and most major credit cards for permit fees.
There are borough permit offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
The Queens borough permit office is located in Queens Borough Hall.
There are borough permit offices in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. The Queens borough permit office is located in Queens Borough Hall.

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