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Real Property Permits, Sales, Auctions and Leases

The New York State Thruway Authority will under certain circumstances convey Thruway real property assets to private users through occupancy and work permits, sales or leases.

These transactions are made in accordance with the Thruway Real Property Management Policy (25-6-02) PDF .

Any potential sale, lease or occupancy or work permit is carefully reviewed to ensure the transaction maximizes revenue for the Thruway Authority and its toll payers and bondholders.

Here is how the process works:

Initial consideration of a transaction

  • All property sales, occupancy permits, leases and easements begin with a transactional analysis recommendation (TAR), which is completed by staff in the Thruway division in which the property is located.
  • The primary purpose of the TAR is to determine whether the property in question is needed for any Thruway maintenance or operational purposes. Property that is determined to be necessary for any aspect of Thruway operations is generally not made available for sale, lease or permitted use.
  • The TAR is then reviewed by the Thruway Office of Real Property Management (ORPM) and senior Thruway management.
  • If it is determined that the property is not needed for Thruway purposes, the next step is to appraise the property.

The appraisal process

  • Property under consideration for sales, lease or occupancy or work permits is surveyed and then appraised by an independent professional appraiser.
  • The Thruway Authority has contractual agreements with independent professional appraisers to provide appraisal services.
  • All appraisals are conducted in compliance with Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). 
  • The appraisal is reviewed by Thruway's ORPM, which then makes a final recommendation.
  • The Thruway generally will not convey property for less than fair market value, as determined through the appraisal process. 

Final steps

  • ORPM’s recommendation is reviewed by Thruway Authority executive leadership.
  • The transaction is presented to the Thruway Authority board of directors for consideration.

How do I inquire about a permit, sale or lease?

The first step in determining the viability of a transaction proposed by a member of the public is to contact the appropriate personnel in one of the Authority's four Division offices to discuss the transaction, and seek assistance in completing the relevant application forms.

  • New York Division Permit Coordinator - (845) 918-2510
    (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    I-87 (Interchange 1-18); the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287, Interchanges 1-10); and the New England Thruway (I-95, Interchanges 8-22). 

  • Albany Division Permit Coordinator - (518) 436-2710
    (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    I-87 (Interchange 18-24), I-90 (Interchange 24) to Canajoharie (3.8 miles west of Exit 29); and the Berkshire Section (Interchanges B1-B3).

  • Syracuse Division Permit Coordinator -  (315) 438-2420
    (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    I-90 from Canajoharie (3.8 miles west of Interchange 29 - Interchange 45).
  • Buffalo Division Permit Coordinator -  (716) 635-6218
    (Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
    I-90 (Interchange 45-61); and the Niagara Section (Interchanges 1-21).


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