Department of Transportation

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is the agency that issues permits related to street closings, street opening (digging), closing a pedestrian walkway, erecting a fence etc. Failure to do such activity without a permit, carries a penalty of up to $5,000.00 which is enforced at an ECB hearing. To check the status of a DOT permit click here .
DOT Sidewalk Management Program
The DOT also monitors the City’s sidewalk for potentially hazardous conditions. The sidewalk management program’s goal is to make sidewalks safe for pedestrians and help prevent injuries caused by defective sidewalks.
Section 19-152 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York requires the property owner to bear the cost for repairing their sidewalk if the sidewalk is deemed hazardous. DOT may issue an order or Notice of Violation to the property owner to perform the necessary sidewalk repair work. Sidewalk Inspectors inspect sidewalks and notify the property owner of needed repairs. In the event timely repairs are not made by the property owner, the City may hire private construction firms to make the repairs. The City bills the property owner for the costs of the repairs through the Dept. of Finance. In order to repair the defective sidewalk, you will need to apply for a street and sidewalk construction permit from the DOT. If the repairs were done already, you may still require an inspection to remove the violation. Call the DOT sidewalk management  office to verify the status of your violation at 718-391-2811. For more information regarding the sidewalk program click here.