On March 16, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio issued Emergency Executive Order 100 (the "Executive Order") in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 2 of the Executive Order stops the clock on all filed Uniform Land Use Review (ULURP) applications, new Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) applications that require a community board hearing, and other land use applications that impose timing limitations on the City's response, such as zoning certification and authorizations.
The Executive Order does not hinder an applicant's ability to file an application with a land use agency, nor does it halt the hearings of all land use agencies. For example, an application can be filed with the Department of City Planning (DCP), but the DCP would not have to send the completed application to a community board within the time horizons specified by law. BSA hearings, which are not required to occur within a specified time horizon, are proceeding for a limited number of cases under an executive order issued by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo permitting public hearings by teleconference. Landmarks Preservation Commission and City Planning Commission hearings are suspended through the remainder of March.
Mayor DeBlasio's citywide Executive Order will remain in effect for the entirety of New York City's state of emergency.
We will continue to update you as this situation evolves.