COVID-19: DOB Response

As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, the Department continues its efforts to keep New Yorkers safe. We’ve implemented mandatory operational changes, provided safety guidance for property owners and contractors of all permitted construction sites across the City, and guidance on construction activities during this ongoing public health crisis. See related information:

See our Guidance for Outdoor Dining and get information on Outdoor Dining Heating Systems:

COVID-19 Industry Best Practices

Dust Mitigation/Control in Occupied Buildings with Active Construction

Safety Guidance on Construction Sites

Read COVID-related Buildings Bulletins

  • BB 2020-020 – describes when a DOB permit application is not required and how to determine the number of occupants for the reopening of indoor food services and dining in restaurants and establishments in New York City
  • BB 2020-019 – focuses on natural gas as a power source for outdoor heaters, and describes the process of installing, permitting, and operating these heaters
  • BB 2020-018 – focuses on electricity as a power source for heaters and describes the process of installing, permitting, and operating for temporary outdoor electric heaters
  • BB 2020-017 – (Emergency Executive Orders: EO 126 and EO 128) describes when a DOB permit application is not required for the safe New York City Phase 2 reopening of restaurants and bars
  • BB 2020-015 – (Emergency Executive Order: EEO 132) describes the application process for qualifying educational institutions to obtain approval for temporary student dormitory use in hotels
  • BB 2020-010 – updated guidance to owners and contractors regarding the reopening of sites whose operations were suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency
  • BB 2020-006 – updated guidance to owners and contractors regarding how to secure their construction and demolition sites when operations are suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency

New York City Construction Restart

See the restart requirements to keep your site safe, get a printable version of what you should do.

Contact 311 to report a construction site that is not following safety guidance. Sign up for Buildings News to get the latest DOB updates.