Permit Renewals are issued on active permits and permits that have expired, but have activity on the application within a two-year period of the permit expiration date for various types of general construction within the five boroughs. Job filings that were filed in DOB NOW: Build must have their permits issued and renewed in DOB NOW: Build.
For BIS job filings, the Department’s Permit Renewal Unit issues renewals as well as:
Tip: When a Superseding Letter is Necessary - A superseding letter is required when replacing a contractor on a permit that is currently active. This letter is authorized by the owner and allows the previous contractor to be replaced on record with a newly hired contractor.
The customer service window hours are now 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. All walk-ins that would like their applications processed the same day should make their submissions prior to 1:00 pm.
Renewed permits can either be downloaded or picked up from the Department. Please indicate your preference when submitting your application on the addressed return envelope.
For DOB NOW: Build job filings, the following can be done online:
Request permit and renew a permit
Pay permit renewal fees
Permit request and renewals can be submitted online at any time. Once submitted, these requests will be process by Department staff during normal business hours. Applicant can track the status of a request online. Automatic email notification will also be sent to individuals associated with the filing in the system.
Permits issued in DOB NOW:Build have an expiration date that is the earliest of:
insurances expiration (general liability, disability, or workers’ compensation);
one year from date of issuance.
For those permits where the expiration date is less than one year from date of issuance because of expiration of an insurance or the license, the permit will now be extended automatically at no cost if the insurance or license is renewed before the expiration date.
The new expiration date will be reflected in DOB NOW at the end of the day of the current expiration date.
General Liability expires 12/31/2018, Workers’ Compensation expires 11/15/2019, Disability expires 11/30/2019, License expires 11/30/2019
On 10/1/2018, a permit is issued – the Expiration Date will be 12/31/2018 (earliest expiration date of insurances/license)
On 12/15/2018, Licensing Unit processes GC’s submission of a new General Liability insurance certificate
On 12/31/2018 end of day, DOB NOW automatically extends expiration date to 9/30/2019 (one year from original issuance date)
In order to get the automatic permit extension, renewal information must be submitted at least 5 days in advance to the DOB Licensing Unit to ensure sufficient time for processing. (See for instructions to submit new insurance certificates and for license renewal information.) If there is a lapse in insurance or license, then the licensee will need to renew the permit and pay the $100 fee. For permits that expire because it has been more than one year since the date of issuance, the licensee must also continue to renew pay the $100 fee.
In order to get a permit the following types of insurance are required for permits renewal:
Locate initial permit filing in DOB NOW: Build and select Renew Work Permit
Complete required information online
Pay $100 permit renewal fee online
Upload any required document if necessary
Apply electronic signature
Submit request online
Tip: Change in business address
Contractors must submit an original typed and notarized letter on company letterhead, which includes the old place of business address in addition to the new location of business. The contractor must also submit new original insurance certificates that include the new place of business address. Contractors must also complete a renewal with change PW2 Form showing the new address.