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2017 DOT Holiday Construction Embargo

A special Holiday Construction Embargo will commence on Wednesday November 15, 2017, from 6:00 a.m. through Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Roadway and sidewalk construction activities will be restricted during the embargo period on selected streets. For information on which streets fall under the embargo, please reference the Department of Transportation (DOT) memo.

Any permits issued prior to the date of this notice, for work during this embargo period on the streets listed which do not already have the permit stipulation “410” are hereby suspended for the period noted above. 

All permittees must comply with this embargo unless a special waiver is granted by OCMC. Waiver requests must be filed by October 31, 2017.

Unlike previous years, all waiver requests will be applied for online via the NYCStreets Permit portal, and permits for locations affected by the embargo will not be reviewed until a non-refundable fee is paid to the department. Waiver requests should only be submitted for critical reasons for a specific project. If a waiver is granted, the applicant’s permits will be issued.

Waivers are not required for ongoing Construction Permits which already include the “410” permit stipulation.

Prior to this embargo period all necessary measures must be taken so that all roadways and sidewalks are in proper condition to allow for the expeditious and safe movement of vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

The opening of utility access covers is prohibited on any of the streets noted below between the hours of 6:00 AM and midnight except in cases of emergency where the utility or contractor must first obtain an Emergency Authorization Number as required by section 2-07 of the Department’s Highway Rules. The planned opening of utility access covers may occur during the hours of 12:01AM and 5:59AM where no authorization number is required.

* Please note that this embargo only applies to NYCDOT construction permits. A map of the affected locations is available on the Department’s website at:

If you would like assistance filing a special waiver request for a construction project impacted by the 2017 Holiday Construction Embargo or have other questions related to DOT permits, please contact us at