Administrative Law

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Administrative Law Practice

The lawyers in Davidoff Hutcher & Citron’s Administrative Law practice actively represent clients in matters before city, county, state, and federal government agencies and administrative tribunals, particularly in regard to the New York City Administrative Code and the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR).

The administrative lawyers in our New York City, Albany, Washington, D.C. and White Plains offices are experienced in the practice of administrative law on State, City, County, and Federal levels. We have great experience in the New York City Administrative Code, which governs nearly every aspect of doing business in New York City. Our administrative lawyers handle a vast range of matters involving administrative law practice, including applications for business licenses and permits, responses to bid solicitations and requests for proposals, violation proceedings, condemnation proceedings, and enforcement proceedings.

Our administrative lawyers also have broad experience representing the interests of our clients in rule-making proceedings. They are seasoned in the requirements of the New York State Administrative Procedure Act as well as the City Administrative Procedure Act under the New York City Charter.

Counseling clients on zoning and land use in New York City and aiding in the approval process of real estate improvements and development are a large part of our Administrative Law practice. We assist clients in obtaining a wide variety of government incentives and benefits in connection with the development of their property, as well as in securing approval for their projects.

The Administrative lawyers of the firm have extensive experience with respect to the development and operation of places of public accommodation, such as entertainment facilities, hotels, art galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, night clubs, and other hospitality industry businesses that have special licensing needs, including liquor license application with the State Liquor Authority, New York City Department of Health licenses, cabaret licenses with the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, special permits with the New York City Board of Standards & Appeals, and public assembly permits with the New York City Department of Buildings.

Our administrative lawyers represent clients before all of New York City’s agencies, boards and commissions, including:

  • City Planning Commission
  • Board of Standards and Appeals
  • Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Community Boards
  • Borough Presidents
  • Mayor’s Office
  • City Council
  • Health Department
  • Department of Buildings
  • Department of Housing
  • Preservation and Development
  • Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Fire Department
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Department of Finance
  • Economic Development Corporation
  • Environmental Control Board

The firm’s administrative lawyers in Albany similarly practice before a wide array of agencies, boards and commissions that affect virtually every aspect of the lives of New Yorkers and the operation of their businesses.

NYC City Hall
Land surveyor taking a reading

Zoning and land use are a major focus of our administrative law practice group

The firm’s administrative lawyers in New York City are particularly skilled at advising property owners, developers, architects and engineers on zoning and land use issues, including various tools they can use to help maximize the value of a property. Our administrative lawyers have the knowledge to handle virtually any issue that comes up with respect to developing or improving a property. The firm’s land use clients in New York City benefit greatly from the involvement of our administrative lawyers at the earliest stages of development, helping them to determine the best course for realizing their development expectations and maximizing the value of their properties.

Developing property in New York requires dealing with a multiplicity of government agencies on zoning and land use, as well as other various aspects of the project. The public review process can become a labyrinth, especially when a zoning change, special permit or variance is required for the project. Our administrative lawyers help clients achieve their objectives beginning with strategic planning and continuing through the conclusion of the public review process. Our lawyers counsel clients as to what is required under the applicable municipal zoning ordinance and the steps they must take to accomplish their development expectations for the property. They provide invaluable counsel to prospective property buyers in determining the real value of the property based upon the analysis of applicable zoning requirements and municipal codes.

Our New York administrative lawyers represent clients in real estate development and improvement matters, such as:

  • Zoning map changes and zoning text amendments
  • Development rights transfers
  • Zoning special permits, authorizations and certifications
  • Zoning use and bulk variances
  • Development on landmark sites and in historic districts
  • Tax abatements
  • Buildings Department administrative appeals and audits
  • Zoning and code appeals before zoning boards of appeal
  • Benefits and incentives for Improvement or new development of residential, commercial and industrial properties
City zoning map
NYC Madison Ave

Davidoff Hutcher & Citron is a New York institution among law firms known for their administrative law practice

Our Administrative Law practice spans almost four decades and is well known for its effective and successful interaction with New York State, New York City and White Plains agencies, boards, and commissions. The firm enjoys an excellent reputation among officials and employees across all levels of government, who respect the knowledge and experience of DHC’s administrative lawyers. We use this extensive government relations experience to meet our clients’ needs and move their projects through the agency review, allowing us to facilitate applications, licenses, permits, hearings, appeals, and violations resolution.

Attorneys and Professionals in this Practice Area


Howard S. Weiss

Howard S. Weiss

Senior Partner

P: 646-428-3271



Sid Davidoff

Sid Davidoff


P: 646-428-3260

Charles Capetanakis

Charles Capetanakis


P: 646-428-3206

Arthur Goldstein

Arthur Goldstein

Partner, Chair - NYC Government Relations Practice

P: 646-428-3280

Alexander B. Victor

Alexander B. Victor

Of Counsel

P: 646-428-3293

Matthew Yogg

Matthew Yogg


P: 646-428-3272

Eli Gewirtz, AICP

Eli Gewirtz, AICP


P: 646-428-3215

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