What is revocable consent?

Revocable consent is a right granted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a person or business to build and use certain structures on, over or under the city’s streets and sidewalks.  Permission typically lasts for about ten years, albeit with an annual fee.  As the name implies, the city can revoke its consent at any time.

Here’s how to go about applying for it!

In order to apply for a revocable consent, you must fill out a revocable consent petition form and submit it with a plan drafted up by an architect or engineer and any other necessary supporting documents to the DOT.  The DOT will then submit your application to other, appropriate city agencies.  All in all, the process takes anywhere from 4 to 6 months from beginning to end.  Projects that affect land use or zoning are reviewed by the Department of City Planning, which may require you to also petition for a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) review.   Proposed above-ground structures, meanwhile, are handled by the New York City Public Design Commission.  Finally, projects in a Historic District or near a Landmark building must be approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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