The NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) has a simple application process that starts with a Pre-Application meeting and remedial investigation scoping session. This meeting is intended to review the project development plan and proposed schedule, existing environmental data and past use of the property, and determine the scope of any additional field environmental data (remedial investigation) that may be required. It is strongly recommended that this meeting be attended by the enrollee and the enrollee’s environmental consultant. The building architect may also be an important participant. Participation in these meetings will also include OER's NYC VCP Coordinator and Project Manager.
Prior to the meeting, an Applicant should fill out and submit a Pre-Application Worksheet providing a simple summary of development plans and known environmental information for the site. See the Forms and Applications page to download the Pre-Application Worksheet.
To schedule a NYC VCP Pre-Application Meeting, contact OER at (212) 788-8841 or via email at NYCBCPapplicant@cityhall.nyc.gov.
The Remedial Investigation is always performed prior to formal enrollment in the NYC VCP. This keeps process requirements to a minimum and focuses attention on completing field investigation work and keeping the project on schedule. It is common for all of the steps in these, including performance of the pre-application meeting and completion of the remedial investigation, to be completed within 2-3 weeks. Once OER receives the field data for the project, a remedial action scoping session is usually conducted within 48 hours. This meeting will establish a conceptual cleanup plan for the project. It is at this point—usually less than three weeks from the initial meeting—that the requirements for cleanup are fully established and the developer can estimate the cleanup schedule and budget. With this information, the developer decides whether the project will be enrolled in the NYC VCP. Once this decision is made, it takes about one week to prepare the Remedial Investigation Report and the Remedial Action Work Plan to complete the technical requirements for enrollment in the NYC VCP. In summary, after the Pre-Application meeting is complete it takes about 4 weeks to complete the remedial investigation, design the remedial action and develop all of the technical documents required to enroll in the NYC VCP.
NYC VCP Application and Agreement
To enroll in the NYC VCP, the volunteer must complete a simple application and execute a boilerplate agreement. Typically, it takes only a few hours to complete these forms. The NYC VCP application and agreement forms are available for download from the Forms and Applications page. The completed application and agreement are emailed electronically to OER. These forms, with the Remedial Investigation Report and the Remedial Action Work Plan and a small program fee, constitute a complete application package for enrollment in the NYC VCP. Enrollment begins after approval of the Remedial Action Work Plan, when the volunteer is free to begin cleanup and development of the property. Typically, cleanup and development occur simultaneously. A volunteer may terminate enrollment in the NYC VCP at any time upon.
Contact OER if you would like to learn more about how to enroll a project in the NYC VCP.
Volunteers are expected to pay a small program fee upon enrollment in the NYC VCP. The program fee is $1,000 and may be waived for certain types of development projects. Payment is made in the form of a check or money order made payable to “New York City Department of Environmental Protection.” Please contact OER to confirm the mailing address.