You need a permit to excavate or demolish any building, structure, or property.

How to Apply

Online

To apply for a permit, you can electronically file through DOB NOW.

An eFiling account is required to submit filings in DOB NOW.

Register with eFiling.

File a job through DOB NOW.

In Person

You can download the PW1 Plan/Work Approval Application form online, and submit it to the DOB Borough office where the work is being done.

Download PW1 Application form.

Find a DOB Borough Office.

Get Help

Call 311 for assistance.

By law, excavators and contractors working in New York City must contact New York 811 at least 48 hours before beginning any digging or excavation work to ensure that underground utility lines are marked. For safety reasons, homeowners are also encouraged to call before digging on their property.

  • Agency: New York 811
  • Phone Number: 811 or (800) 272-4480
  • Business Hours: 24 Hours