Street Activity Permitting Office Rules

Our office must administer permits by the procedures outlined in the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) Rules. We are proposing to extend the moratorium for Street Fair applications to Calendar Year 2018. The proposed rules will authorize SAPO to deny permits to additional street fairs only if the event was not held in the calendar year 2017. Events that received permits in calendar year 2017 will be eligible to receive permits again in calendar year 2018. A public hearing regarding the proposed rules was held on November 21, 2017. You may download and read the full transcript of this hearing here. The period for submitting comments on our proposed rules has ended. You may download and review the comments submitted here. You may download and read the proposed street fair rules here or read them online at NYC Rules. Our current set of rules were most recently updated on December 30, 2016. You may read the adoption notice here. You may also download and read the full list of rules here. The City of New York makes all rules available online by visiting the Rules of the City of New York website. Read below for a summary on some of the rules to take into account before applying for an event permit in New York City.

  • Before your SAPO permit is administered, your application will receive recommendations for approval from the Community Board and NYPD.
  • We will not provide a permit unless all other City agency permits are obtained.
  • All events must have a minimum of $1 million certificate of liability insurance, unless it is a block party without a ride.
  • All street events, including block parties and street fairs are required to recycle.
  • All events with a full street closure must allow for a 15 foot emergency vehicle lane.
  • Street Fair applicants and community sponsors are limited to one event per application and two events per calendar year.
  • Rain dates are not permitted.