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March 18, 2021


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eFiling Authentication Forms and Limited Alteration Applications
Customer Service

Starting Monday, March 22, 2021, all eFiling Authentication Forms are required to be submitted via the DOB Help Form.

The help form should also be used to submit audit questions, civil penalty review requests, supersede/withdrawal requests and other general inquiries specific to Limited Alteration Applications.

eFiling Authentication Forms that were mailed or hand-delivered before March 22 will be processed.

Please read the full Service Notice for more information.

Street Design Manual 2020 Now Available

The New York City Department of Transportation's Street Design Manual 2020 is now available for purchase.

The Street Design Manual has become the city's resource for street design standards, guidelines, and policies. It's a must have for those working on projects in New York City's public right-of-way.

The Third Edition, released in 2020, updates the guidance of the previous version, incorporating recent entries  on geometry, furniture, and landscape, as well as the latest best practices in everything from bike lanes to inclusive design, and a new chapter addressing programming in the public right-of-way.

To increase accessibility, the latest edition of the Street Design Manual is available online.

You can get a copy of this essential reference document today at

New Yorkers: File Your Taxes for FREE with NYC Free Tax Prep

In these difficult economic times, it's more important than ever that New Yorkers eligible for NYC Free Tax Prep file their taxes for free, claim important tax credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit, and keep their WHOLE refund.

Do you qualify for free tax prep?

New Yorkers who earned $68,000 or less in 2020 may qualify for free tax preparation services in-person or online.

Learn more at or call 311 and ask for "tax preparation assistance."

Services are available in several languages.

Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner

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