Construction & Work Permits

If you are required to perform construction work that is not proposed by RIOC, you will need to apply for a RIOC Construction Work Permit. 

Permits are required if your work includes the following: 

  • Work on RIOC or state owned property 
  • Partial or lane closure roads/sidewalks
  • Closure of public roads/sidewalks 
  • Manhole access
  • Storage/ stage of equipment on RIOC property 

Permit Applications

Please click here to fill out an application.  Only completed applications will be reviewed.  Please allow 10 business days for review.

Important Information for Potential Construction/Work Permit Holders:

RIOC makes every effort to accommodate the many requests we receive, however the only way these projects can be done efficiently and safely is through communication and regular interaction with the Permit Department and Public Safety Department. There are currently several major projects being performed on Roosevelt Island and due to the extensive equipment and deliveries involved, RIOC requires all contractors to adhere to various provisions, set in place to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the island, as well as prevent and avoid any hazardous or dangerous conditions:

1. Once a permit is approved and fully executed, all contractors and subcontractors must promptly notify the Permit Department and Public Safety Department (PSD) at least 48 hours in advance of commencement or completion of work.

2. All contractors and subcontractors must promptly notify PSD at least 48 hours in advance of any truck deliveries that must be escorted onto and off the island. PSD escorts are required- as deemed necessary by RIOC- and especially in instances where large or oversized trucks must navigate the Helix Ramp safely. In order to facilitate and accommodate PSD escorts, contractors and/or their drivers must notify PSD at least 48 hours in advance. Time restrictions also apply. Failure to promptly notify PSD will result in denial of access to the Helix Ramp and the island.

3. Depending on the type of work being performed, including the level of complexity, RIOC may require that a Maintenance and Protection of Traffic and/or a Mobilization Safety Plan, be submitted in advance for RIOC's review and approval. Work will not be permitted to commence until such a time that all potential hazards and concerns are discussed and resolved to RIOC's satisfaction. Further, as part of a Safety Plan, RIOC may in certain instances also require flagmen. The number of flagmen needed for any particular project is solely within RIOC's discretion. Further, it is the contractor's responsibility to supply flagmen and they must be equipped with point-to-point, two-way radios in order to facilitate and coordinate the steady flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

4. RIOC does not permit contractors' personal vehicles to be parked in, around, or near the work site. All personal vehicles must be parked in the Motorgate garage and are subject to daily parking fess. Work vehicles parked on and around the work site are subject to RIOC approval. Due to the amount of congestion and other coordinate projects occurring on the island, all unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

5. Work hours are designated by RIOC and work days are Mondays through Fridays only. Contractors are expected to abide by those set hours and days, unless otherwise expressly agreed to and approved by RIOC. Any requests to conduct work on the weekend are considered on a case-by-case basis. All such requests must be made at least 72 hours in advance.

RIOC appreciates your cooperation in regards to these guidelines!

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