The NYC DOT Office of Permit Management & Office of Construction Control & Mitigation will limit interaction with the public until further notice and implement the following mandatory procedures due to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Urdu)
- All permit requests must be submitted online via nycstreets.net
- OCMC will continue to receive and process online permit applications.
- As of August 26, 2020, any permit issued by NYC DOT for work performed in the street must be current. Permit must be renewed or it will be invalid as of the permit expiration date.
Street and Construction Permits
Street Works Manual
NYC DOT publishes the Street Works Manual, a resource for everyone that performs work in New York City streets, from utilities and contractors installing, replacing and repairing underground infrastructure to developers replacing roadways and sidewalks adjacent to building sites and homeowners performing their own sidewalk repairs. The manual covers advance planning of construction projects, all construction-related NYC DOT permits, and how and when to obtain these permits Visit the Street Works Manual
NYC DOT issues over 150 different types of sidewalk and roadway construction permits to utilities, contractors, government agencies and homeowners. Permits cover activities such as street openings, sidewalk construction and installing canopies over sidewalks. Apply for a street or sidewalk construction permit Translations of NYC DOT Licenses, Permit Applications & Registrations Request a confirmation number for a protected street permit Check the status of active street construction permits Download a brochure on Excavation Safety Alerts (pdf) Learn about reducing emissions (Local Law 77)
Plans and Guidelines for Sidewalks, Curbs, and Roadways
Owners developing property are required to have a sidewalk, curb and paved roadway along the public right-of-way abutting the property. The Instructions for Filing Plans and Guidelines for the Design of Sidewalks, Curbs, Roadways and Other Infrastructure Components (pdf) describe the documentation that must be submitted to the satisfaction of NYC DOT.
Work Zones & ADA Compliance
NYC DOT has a strong commitment to ensuring pedestrian accessibility within the public right of way. Review this information and ensure that all work is conducted in accordance with local, State and Federal standards to maintain an accessible path of travel. Review our Work Zones & ADA Compliance Guidelines
Guidelines for the Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan (MPT)
The Guidelines for the Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan (MPT) help provide a safe work area for workers within the roadway. MPTs also facilitate the safe and orderly flow of all road users through work zones. Guidelines for the Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan (Work Zone Traffic Control Manual) Guidelines for the Maintenance and Protection of Traffic Plan for Cycling (pdf) View additional rules and specifications in the NYC DOT Library
Construction Project Informational Signs
NYC DOT permittees are required to post information signs for projects projected to last three months or more. Learn more about Construction Signs
When putting up, taking down, or maintaining a sidewalk shed/scaffolding in NYC, you may need to obtain separate construction activity permits from NYC DOT in addition to the sidewalk shed permit issued by the Department of Buildings (DOB). Additional Information on activities that may require these permits.
Commercial Refuse Container Permits
NYC DOT requires carting companies to obtain a permit for each commercial refuse container (CRC) placed on a city street. The CRC permit allows NYC DOT to track placement of containers, preventing conflicts with scheduled construction work or special events. This five day permit is separate from the 30 to 90 day Debris Container permit used for construction activity that qualifies the contractor on site to apply for a separate NYC DOT permit as long as it’s in conjunction with the appropriate DOB permits or other minor construction activity. Login to apply for a permit More about Commercial Refuse Container Permits
Construction Embargoes & Protected Streets
If NYC DOT declares a construction embargo, only emergency work may be performed in the affected area during the embargo. Check the list of embargoes
Streets that have been resurfaced or reconstructed in the last five years are protected from street openings, except for emergency work. NYC DOT publishes future protected streets to assist in planning work. Current list of protected streets
Winter Moratorium (Restoration) Policy
The Winter Moratorium period begins December 1 and ends on March 31. This policy applies to permits that expire during the Winter Moratorium period. Permittees must either restore the base and wearing course of their roadway and/or sidewalk openings with temporary pavement or complete final restoration during this period provided there is a valid permit on file. NYC DOT Fiscal Year 2021 Winter Moratorium (Restoration) Policy (pdf)
Inspections & Enforcement
NYC DOT enforces the laws and rules that govern the way utilities, plumbers, contractors, other governmental agencies, and property owners perform work on the City's sidewalks, roadways and highways. NYC DOT's HIQA inspectors also review work sites for compliance with permit stipulations, and issue violations when they find non-compliance with the laws and rules. Learn more about HIQA and Permit Enforcement
Construction Advisory Committee
NYC DOT's Construction Advisory Committee (CAC) hosts meetings about construction and construction permits in NYC. CAC meetings help stakeholders stay informed about changes that may impact the industry. During some CAC meetings, participants may ask questions to agencies including NYC DOT, NYPD Traffic, DOB, NYC Parks and DEP. Construction Advisory Committee April 2021 Presentation (pdf) NYC Safe Digging Around Gas Facilities (pdf)
Overdimensional Vehicle Permits
NYC DOT issues permits that allow overdimensional vehicles to travel on New York City streets. Learn more about truck restrictions and permits
NYC Business Owners Bill of Rights
The City of New York provides certain rights to business owners regarding customer service, permits and inspections. Learn more at nyc.gov/bizrights