NYC Small Business Services (SBS) has jurisdiction over maritime and non-maritime construction. This is for all City-owned waterfront properties.

SBS is responsible for issuing permits for all construction related to:

  • Improvement
  • Maintenance on Waterfront Properties

For privately-owned properties, the New York City Department of Buildings has jurisdiction over the buildings.

SBS oversees marine and maritime structures such as:

  • Piers
  • Docks
  • Bulkheads
  • Seawalls

If you are applying for a waterfront permit, you should make a pre-filing appointment. This should happen before you submit a new application.


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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