Project Requirements:
Curb Cut Work & Site Requirements


The Department issues licenses to contractors qualified to perform construction work. Permits for curb cuts are only issued to a Licensed General Contractor (GC).

The GC must have a place of business in New York City as per AC §28-401.18. All licensees shall include their license number and business information on trucks, business cards and advertisements. See the NYC Administrative Code §28-418.

A Home Improvement Contractor License is also required if such Contractor is engaged in the construction, repair, remodeling, or addition to any land or building used as a residence. Home Improvement Contractor Licenses are issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs.


Curb Cut Work Permit

Licensed Contractors must register first to use the Department’s online permit processing ePermit system. A permit application must be completed online by the licensed/registered Contractor for the issuance of a renovation permit. Prior to issuing a permit for the approved project, the following are required:

  1. Payment of any unpaid project application fees

  2. Request for waiver of penalties, stop work orders or violations (former L2 Form).

  3. Licensee must have his/her license and insurance active and current

Construction permits for a curb cut project will have different expiration dates, so plan accordingly.

Additional Permit

In addition to a DOB Permit, a separate permit is required from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install the curb cut. Please contact the Department of Transportation for permit requirements.


Work Site Requirements for Construction Activity

The Administrative Code of the City of New York §28-301.1 requires Owners to maintain their properties in a safe condition. Property Owners, Contractors and Construction Site Managers must minimize the risk of accidents and fire.

Site Safety Regulations

  1. Smoking on construction sites is illegal. NYC BC §3303.7.3 and NYC Fire Code §1404.1.

  2. Tobacco, lighters and matches are prohibited on asbestos abatement sites. Local Law 35/09.

  3. Open fires are illegal on construction sites. NYC Fire Code §1404.3.

  4. Approved portable fire extinguishers must be available on floors where combustible materials or liquids are stored, combustible waste is being generated and at the entrance of each storage and construction shed. NYC Fire Code §1415.1.

  5. Temporary heating equipment used at construction sites. NYC Fire Code §1403.

  6. If you have a Fire Department variance to use a coal-fired heater, you must minimize the fire load on concrete construction projects. NYC BC §3303.6 and NYC Fire Code §307.2.2. To apply for a variance, contact FDNY’s Bureau of Fire Prevention at (718) 999 – 2377.

  7. Store materials away from flames. NYC Fire Code §308.2.


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