All non-essential construction work and demolition is suspended until further notice, per New York State Executive Order 202.6, Empire State Development guidance, New York City Emergency Executive Order, and Department of Buildings Guidance.

Search the Essential Active Construction Sites map to determine if a project is allowed to proceed as Essential Construction.

Essential Construction is defined as work on:

  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Transit facilities
  • Utilities
  • Hospitals or health care facilities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Affordable and public housing
  • Public or private schools
  • Projects in the energy industry
  • Existing projects of essential businesses
  • Local government agencies

Emergency Construction is defined as:

  • Projects necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants
  • Continuing a project that would be unsafe to allow to remain undone, until it is safe to shut the site.

The orders don’t apply to work being done by a single worker or if there is only one employee or worker at a job site.

Call 311 to report non-essential construction or demolition work in progress to the Department of Buildings.

The Department of Buildings will regularly inspect all construction sites to ensure compliance with emergency orders. Non-compliance will result in the issuance of a violation carrying a penalty of up to $10,000.

Learn more about DOB COVID-19 Response.