NYC Small Business Services (SBS) has jurisdiction over maritime and non-maritime construction for all City-owned waterfront properties and is responsible for issuing permits for all construction related to improvement or maintenance on Waterfront Properties under SBS Jurisdiction.

For privately-owned properties, the New York City Department of Buildings has jurisdiction over the buildings, and SBS over the marine and maritime structures such as piers, docks, bulkheads, and seawalls.

Applicants for waterfront permits are advised to make an appointment for a pre-filing meeting prior to submitting new applications.


Learn more about Waterfront Permits and how to apply.

Contact Waterfront Permits Unit to schedule an appointment.

In Person

You can apply for permit in person at:

110 William Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10038
By appointment only, Monday to Friday: 10 AM and 1 PM

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