You must have a permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT) in order to install a canopy. A canopy is a supported cover located over the sidewalk and is held up by poles embedded into the sidewalk.
You can apply for or renew a permit in online or in person at a DOT Highway Inspection and Quality Assurance (HIQA) Borough Office.
Apply or renew a canopy permit.
An awning is a freestanding cover located over the sidewalk that is attached to a building and is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Buildings (DOB).
Canopy Rules and Regulations
DOT provides information about canopy rules and regulations in "New York City Highway Rules," Chapter 2, Section 4. Copies of these rules are available online. Visit the Department of Transportation website.