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How to Legally Encroach on Neighbors’ Land or Public Street


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  1. You have one year to commence action to remove land if not exceeding six inches.
  2. A license for the maintenance of a front or exterior wall encroachment on a public street or highway may be requested of the local legislative body in a city with a population of less than one million persons, a town, or a village.
  3. Authorizes the maintenance of a front or other exterior wall encroachment of not more than six inches onto a public street or highway when the encroachment existed on or before January 1, 1940.
  4. A front or exterior wall encroachment erected after January 1, 1940 may remain if no action or proceeding requiring removal of the encroachment is commenced within one year of the giving of notice of the encroachment to the appropriate town or village official.
  5. Allowing the maintenance of a front or exterior wall encroachment of ten inches or less onto a public street on May 25, 1899.
  6. Allows any part of a building projecting into a public street on January 1, 1938 to remain until its removal is directed by the City Council.
  7. Permits encroachment up to six inches onto a public street or highway of the front or exterior wall of any building erected on or before January 1, 1960.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

NEW YORK REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS