By Tynesha Goode
On October 16, 2019, the Department of Buildings (DOB) launched an interactive map showing the location of all building construction projects where the agency has issued after-hours variance (AHV) permits, which allows work outside normal business hours (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).
Members of the public now have a way to confirm whether construction projects in their neighborhood have the proper permits to continue working at night and on weekends. Updated daily, the map includes links to the Buildings Information System (BIS) database so visitors can see additional information about the work performed, including:
- Type of work
- Hours of permitted work
- Why after-hours permits were granted
The new tool continues the city’s efforts to improve transparency, giving New Yorkers up-to-date details about local construction projects. DOB will also issue weekly reports on AHV permits to local elected officials and community boards, keeping them informed about late-night construction in their respective districts.
DOB typically grants AHVs in situations when it’s safer or less disruptive to perform construction work outside normal business hours. For instance, the agency will grant variances for work near schools or public spaces or for heavy work that might require sidewalk closures. In addition, certain types of work, such as crane adjustments, need to be performed during times of minimal pedestrian and vehicular traffic. AHV permits are issued for specific dates and must be filed at least two business days before the first intended work day.
In 2018, DOB issued 18,866 initial AHV permits, which represents a 24% decrease from 2012, when it issued 25,005 initial AHV permits.
For more information, or if you need assistance securing or renewing an AHV permit, contact Metropolis Group at 212.233.6344.