NYC Construction Restart


As the City reopens, DOB has released updated COVID-19 safety guidance for property owners and contractors of all permitted construction sites across the City. The sites include those beginning the work of reopening and those designated as essential during the construction ban. All permitted job sites must adhere to the new rules.

The new guidance reinforces the New York State Department of Health’s interim guidance on construction activities during this ongoing public health crisis and the City’s commitment to use education and enforcement to work collectively towards a safe restart.

Note: The Department’s Reopening Guidance will apply to all construction activity in New York City during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency until the State rescinds or amends its Executive Order and related guidance.

During the first 30 days of construction resuming, the Department will focus on industry education and implementation of the new standards and procedures, emphasizing the responsibility of all members of the construction industry to make compliance a top priority. DOB violations issued during the 30-day reopening period will carry no financial penalty. Following this period violations will result in financial penalties, and further noncompliance may result in Stop Work Orders and summonses with accompanying civil penalties of up to $5,000 for each offense. Get a printable version of what DOB inspectors will be looking for to ensure compliance.

Compliance DOs & DON'Ts Highlights

  • Submit and display an affirmation to the State that they have read and understood the additional reopening requirements as required in the NYS Interim Guidelines.

  • Develop a site-specific health plan that is prominently displayed on worksites.

  • Visible COVID-19 safety measures signage and a conspicuously posted Safety Plan(s).

  • Onsite communication plan for employees, visitors, and clients.

  • Have a designated site safety monitor.

  • Correctly completed and updated contact tracing logs.

  • Readily available hygiene and hand washing stations, including properly completed and updated cleaning and disinfection logs.

  • Compliance with social distancing protocols, where applicable.

  • Workers and anyone onsite must wear face coverings.

  • Mitigation requirements for tightly confined spaces.

Now that construction has restarted, to keep your site safe get a printable version of what you should do in: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, or Yiddish.

As part of the reopening rollout, Stop Work Orders issued by the Department for noncompliance during the nonessential construction ban period will be lifted. This does not apply to any sites that continued work even after they were issued a Stop Work Order for violating the ban and have outstanding civil penalties.

Contact 311 to report a construction site that is not following safety guidance.