After Hours Variances

An After Hours Variance (AHV) is required if you are seeking to perform construction activity before 7:00 am, after 6:00 pm, or on a Saturday or Sunday. The real-time, interactive After Hours Variance Map shows the location of construction projects where DOB has issued permits allowing construction work to proceed outside of normal business hours.

AHV applications for BIS jobs are submitted online through the Department's eFiling system. AHV applications for DOB NOW jobs are submitted directly in DOB NOW: Build. AHV applications must be filed at least two (2) business days before the first intended work-day.

First Intended AHV Work Day AHV Application Submission Deadline
Saturday Wednesday
Sunday Wednesday
Monday Wednesday
Tuesday Thursday
Wednesday Friday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday

For initial AHV work permits, two separate payments are required:

  • The first payment is the initial filing fee for the Department to review the application.
  • The second payment is for the AHV Work Permit daily fee.

Applicants may request an AHV permit for any number of days within a window of 14 consecutive days. To request days beyond this window a separate AHV application must be submitted.

To request AHV permits for fee exempt BIS jobs and DOB NOW electrical and elevator permits, use a paper PW5 form and submit it to the appropriate borough office (link to DOB/Inside DOB/Contact Us/Office Locations).

Requesting an AHV for DOB NOW and BIS Applications

A combined AHV permit can be requested if all permits (PW2) have the same applicant and are on the same BIN. At least one permit must have been issued in DOB NOW and Alt3 BIS filings cannot be included.

To apply for a combined AHV Permit:

  • From the dashboard, select +New AHV Permit. A combined AHV Permit cannot be created from the individual filing under the Filing Action column.
  • Enter the associated job numbers that must include at least one DOB NOW job number and a maximum of five (5) BIS/DOB NOW job numbers. Select Check Permits.
  • The system will validate the status and allow you to select the permits for which an AHV is being requested. Then select Submit.

See the June 2020 Service Notice for more information.

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