10 CONTRACTORS’ GUIDE TOCONSTRUCTION SITE SHUTDOWNS INNEWYORK CITY Publication #6 April 15, 2020 Q5. Can construction work supporting the energy industry be performed during this suspension of non-essential construction work? A5. Yes, to the extent it is needed to respond to the COVID-19 New York State Emergency, provide support for basic well-being (e.g. health, safety, housing, food), or proceed to a point where the work can be safely suspended. Q6. Can construction work related to an ESDC-defined essential business be performed during this suspension of non- essential construction work? A6. Construction of such work can proceed only if it pertains to alterations of existing buildings and has been permitted by the Department prior to April 15, 2020. Q7. Can antenna, construction fencing, cub cut, and sidewalk shed work be performed during this suspension of non-essential construction work? A7. Yes. These work types are exempt and can proceed. Already permitted work can proceed and new work does not require an Essential Construction Request. Q8. Does construction work on assisted-living facilities qualify as essential? A8. Yes. ESDC guidance treats assisted living facilities as Essential Health Care Operations. Q9. Will the Department be issuing After- Hours Variances for essential construction work? A9. All After-Hours Variance (AHV) permits are rescinded as of Monday, March 30, 2020. AHVs can only be requested for jobs that are essential or have an approved Essential Construction Request. AHV applications must be dropped off at a borough office; they cannot be submitted in eFiling or DOB NOW. See th e Application Processing Service Notice for information about drop off procedures. Q10. Can I remove my sidewalk shed if the associated hazard it was installed to protect has been made safe? A10. Yes, the shed can be removed during this suspension of non-essential construction. Q11. Do I have to renew permits? A11. Permits already in effect must be kept active and renewed even though work has been suspended. There are no changes to the permit renewal process and all applicable fees apply. Q12. Will Development Inspections continue during this suspension of non-essential work? A12. Development Inspections will be prioritized for essential construction work. Q13. Will plan reviews and approvals for non-essential construction work continue during this suspension of non-essential work? Q13. Will plan reviews and approvals for non- essential construction work continue during this suspension of non-essential work? A13. Yes, plan reviews and approvals will continue. Only essential construction work will be permitted. Professionally certified PW1 applications in DOB NOW cannot be submitted with a PW2 work permit application. Q14. Can I apply for a Place of Assembly (PA) or Temporary Place of Assembly (TPA) during this suspension of non-essential construction? A14. No. PA and TPA requests are suspended for the duration of this state of emergency. Q15. Does the suspension of non-essential construction apply to transportation infrastructure? A15. No, the suspension does not apply to construction on roads, bridges, rails, airports, and transit facilities that is allowable under the Governor’s Executive Orders and ESDC guidance. Q16. Can I perform building construction work that does not require a permit from the Department during this suspension of non- essential construction work? A16. No. This work cannot be performed unless there is only one worker on the job site. Q17. For how long will this suspension of non- essential construction work be in place? A17. This suspension of non-essential construction work will continue for as long as the state of emergency is in place. Please visit the DOB COVID-19 Response page for updates .