Yes, you need a DOT sidewalk construction permit to repair or replace sidewalks in NYC. Typically, when hiring a licensed contractor to carry out the work, prior to starting, the contractor will apply for a sidewalk permit with the DOT. This permit is called a sidewalk opening permit from the DOT.
The cost of this permit is $70, or if you live on a corner property, the price is $140. Contractors usually build that cost into the estimate they give you to repair or replace your sidewalk. This price and permit cover the admin cost and also the cost of sending out an inspector to dismiss the violation after the work is completed.
Permits are valid for a period of 30 days. This is the case for any of the following types of permits:
It typically takes 2-3 days to obtain a standard DOT permit for opening a sidewalk. This is different with a landmark building alteration permit. If you live in a landmark/historic district, this requires a different process altogether. In this case, the contractor needs to apply for a Landmark Building Alteration Permit from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) which can take several weeks or months to get approved. There are also additional fees for these permits.
No, the private contractor you hire to complete the work is responsible for applying and obtaining all necessary permits. It is on the contractor to furnish all permits related to the work they are doing. It is always best to ensure the contractor is licensed with NYS prior to starting.
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