Renovations:
Public Right-of-Way Encroachments


Public Right-of-Way Encroachments are certain portions of buildings, or elements of buildings, that project beyond the property line and intrude into the public right-of-way or public space, such as sidewalks or streets.  The New York City regulations, Construction Codes, and Zoning Resolution establish building element intrusions that are permitted as-of-right, require special approvals, or are prohibited.

Typically, the public right-of-way encroachment projects are executed as follows:

  1. Stand-alone projects.  Frequently these are renovation projects that result in additions to an existing building, for example: adding a canopy, marquee, or ramp.

  2. Integrated with a new building or an alteration project. Approval is through the New Building or Alteration application, and this guide provides additional references and requirements.

The following provides a summary description of the most likely building elements to encroach into the public right-of-way:

  • Architectural Details
  • Marquees
  • Areaways
  • Platform Lifts
  • Attached lighting
  • Projecting Sign*
  • Awnings
  • Ramps
  • Balconies
  • Sidewalk Café*
  • Canopies
  • Sidewalk Vaults
  • FDNY Fire Hose Connections
  • Storm Enclosures
  • Flagpole
  • Sun control and Shading Devices
  • Flood shields
  • Wall Signs*

*Refer to Construction Project Guidelines for Signs and Sidewalk Cafés.


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