After Hours Variances (AHV)

 

An After Hours Variance is required if you are seeking to perform construction activity before 7:00 am, after 6:00 pm, or on the Weekend. AHV applications must be submitted online through the Department’s eFiling system.


Requesting an After Hours Variance for BIS Applications

To request an initial AHV work permit online for applications filed in BIS, the filer must be a registered eFiling user. To enroll, visit the eFiling page on the Department’s website.

To request an After Hours Variance, you must:

  • Fill out the initial AHV work permit application information online.
  • Review your application information in the preview page.
    • To revise the date(s) and time(s), click on Edit.
      NOTE: The AHV Reference Number will be displayed at the top of the preview page.
  • Pay the initial AHV filing fee (by credit card or e-check).
  • Check AHV status online on BISWeb:

    • If the AHV application status is Approved-Final Fee Due:
      • Log into eFiling
      • Enter the Job Number or AHV Reference Number.
      • Submit payment for AHV daily fee (second fee) and print the AHV permit.

    • If the AHV application status is Pending DOB Review:
      • Your application is being reviewed by the Borough office and a determination to issue the AHV work permit has not been made.

    • If AHV application status is Denied, the reason for denial will be indicated under BIS Reason Code field.
  • For applications with any other status, contact the Department’s Customer Service Unit at AHVinfo@buildings.nyc.gov.

Important AHV Policies

  • AHV applications must be filed at least two (2) business days before the first intended work day. 
First Intended AHV Work Day AHV Application Submission Deadline
Saturday Wednesday
Sunday Wednesday
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Monday
Friday
Tuesday

  • For initial AHV work permits, two separate payments are required:
    • The first payment is the initial filing fee for the Department to review the application. 
    • The second payment is for the AHV Work Permit daily fee.
  • Applicants may request an AHV permit for any number of days within a window of 14 consecutive days. To request days beyond this window a separate AHV application must be submitted.
  • Fee Exempt jobs must submit manual applications in the Borough office (PW5).

AHV Fees

Applicants must pay an initial filing fee as well as a daily fee for each day of after-hours work.  The fee is $80.00 per day.

Initial Filing Fees

Days of Work Fee
1 – 3 $100.00
4 – 6 $200.00
7 – 9 $300.00
10 – 12 $400.00
13 – 14 $500.00

Online After-Hours Variance Renewals for BIS Applications

Contractors and tradespeople can renew AHV permits online through the Department’s eFiling system. Simply fill out the online form, pay by credit card and print the new AHV permit via BISWeb.

AHV renewals are not available for projects where the scope of work has changed, the Tradesperson or Contractor is no longer in good standing with the Department, or the job application has an issue or concern that must be corrected.

AHV renewal applications are based off an approved initial AHV work permit application.  AHV renewals are accepted for the same day(s) that were approved as part of the initial request, or a subset of those days.  For example, if the initial application was approved for Monday – Thursday, a renewal can be submitted for Monday through Thursday or just Tuesday, but could never be submitted for Friday.

The Department has the discretion to limit eRenewal days at any time. Applicants can view which days are eligible by looking at their initial application in BIS.

Requesting an initial AHV in DOB NOW: Build:

  • Contractors can use two methods to create a new AHV permit in DOB NOW: Build:
  1. New AHV Permit button: Click on the +New AHV Permit button to open the After Hours Variance window, the applicant can then enter the permit number to initiate AHV application request.
  2. My Work Permits tab: Click on the My Work Permits tab, select Create AHV under the Filing Action drop down for the applicable permit number to initiate AHV application request.
  • Fill out the initial AHV work permit application.
  • Pay the initial AHV filing fee (by credit card or e-check).
  • Electronically sign and submit the AHV application.
  • The contractor will receive an email notification once the AHV application has been processed.
  • Once an AHV application has been approved, the contractor can pay the daily permit fee and print the AHV permit directly from DOB NOW: Build.
  • For questions or assistance with submitting an AHV filing in DOB NOW: Build, please contact us at dobnowsupport@buildings.nyc.gov.

Renewing an After-Hours Variance in DOB NOW: Build

Contractors can renew DOB NOW: Build AHV work permits directly from the Dashboard by simply clicking the My AHV Work Permits tab or Job Filing Search tab. The contractor will then be able to select AHV work day (s), pay the AHV permit fees and print the AHV work permit.