Citations are on the rise against utility companies for performing illegal road work across the five boroughs.
The city Department of Transportation says the number of citations against companies for tearing up city streets without permits has gone up 130 percent in the last five years.
Fines also rose to $1,500 in 2010, up from $800.
The DOT says the city has collected $13.5 million since 2008 from utilities who do not get permission before hitting the streets.
It says the increase in citations is due in part to a push for inspectors to spend more time in the field looking into safety practices and reviewing permits.