If you want to build a new driveway in New York City, you will need to obtain a driveway permit from the DOB (Department of Buildings) Office. Although building a new driveway may seem like a relatively small job, you will need to complete just as many steps as you would have to for a larger project.
Outside of the city, the rules concerning driveway permits vary. You should check the individual rules of your municipality or county. If your home is located on a State highway, you most likely need to obtain a driveway permit from the DOT (Department of Transportation). If you have any questions about what steps you need to take in your particular area, you can speak with a Burnham Nationwide consultant. They can give you advice about the process and help ensure you meet criteria within your area.
If you live in NYC, you need to complete the following steps. First, pre-file all of your forms. You must complete a PW-1 form which can be picked up at the DOB or downloaded from their website. You will also need a set of drawings of your plan. If you are also building a garage, you may need to fill out asbestos forms as well. Once you submit three copies of all of these forms to the DOB, they will determine how much of a fee you owe, and they will assign you a BIS job number.
After you pay your fee, your forms will be sent to the data entry department. They will enter the details of your application into their computer system and forward those details to a plan examiner. Once the examiner has the plan, he or she will check it for completeness and to ensure that it is inline with all of the relevant codes. If there are any problems at this point, the forms will be sent back to you.
A driveway permit should be an easy and straightforward process. However, they can sometimes take ages to process for just the simplest mistake. If you want to ensure that your application is perfect, you should have a consultant from a company like Burnham Nationwide guide you. The staff at their New York office has years of experience working with all sorts of permits and city officials and can help you ensure a smooth process.