The license, whether by agreement or court decision, should address issues such as: These are just a few of the topics that can and should be covered in a building permit access contract. These agreements are important to both parties to ensure that they are “one page” in terms of the work and rights and obligations of each party. We therefore strongly recommend that anyone who has entered into a building permit contract present themselves with a lawyer. Although many agreements are concluded by mutual agreement, it is not uncommon for parties to be unable to find a solution and, in these situations, disputes (through an RPAPL procedure) may often be necessary to resolve access issues. Almost all co-ops and condominiums in New York City will at some point need access to nearby land to work on their building, or they will be asked to access their neighbours so they can work on their building.  Intrusion may be minimal – such as installing safety slides on a roof – or extensive and troublesome scaffolding – such as the installation of scaffolding, the containment of courtyards or terraces, or the cause of considerable noise or vibration. What are you doing? What can you do? Rivkin Radler also assists developers and landowners in negotiating access or licensing agreements that include protection for adjacent land during construction, demolition, excavation and construction. We advise your experts to review their plans for monitoring, scaffolding, support, weather protection, sidewalk protection, backyard protection and preparing a fair and reasonable access agreement to protect development rights and the interest of the adjacent owner. If necessary, we prepare a summary procedure and present it to require access and implementation of an appropriate licensing agreement.  Access to adjacent land is generally not required for the construction of a sidewalk shed – which is required for 20 feet on both sides of a construction project – since the sidewalk in front of the adjacent land to the boundary of the land is the property of the city (unless the adjacent land is naturally reset from the boundary of the land , in this case access to the adjacent land is necessary and, with it, the license, etc.). Since a building permit contract is a voluntary agreement between two or more parties, there is virtually no limit to what can be included.