Commercial Lessor

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License Description

A business must have a Commercial Lessor license if it owns or leases its premises for authorized organization(s) to conduct charitable gaming activities such as bingo games and games of chance.

This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Commercial Lessor license.

Application Requirements

Before You File Your DCA License Application:

You must obtain the following required documents before filing your application. Although DCA does not require submission of these documents in order to process your application in person or online, DCA reserves the right to request and examine the documents under section 20.104 of the New York City Administrative Code. 
 
  • Applicable Business Certificates based on your Business's Legal Structure 
    • Sole Proprietorships operating under a name other than your own must file a Business/Assumed Name Certificate with the clerk of the county in which your business is conducted.
    • Sole Proprietorships doing business under your own name—and not under a trade or Doing-Business-As (DBA) name—do not need a Business Certificate.
    • General/Business Partnerships must file your Partnership Certificate with the clerk of the county in which your business is conducted.
    • Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, or Limited Liability Partnerships must register and remain active with the New York State Department of State. Active status will be verified by DCA prior to license issuance. You can confirm the status of your business entity at NYS Web site. If applicable, you must also file an Assumed Name Certificate for your business.
    • Businesses incorporated out of state must obtain a Certificate of Doing Business in Good Standing from your home state’s Secretary of State and file this with an application for Authority to Conduct Business in New York with the New York State Secretary of State.

When You File Your DCA License Application:

Below are requirements when filing your license application: 
 
  • New York State Gaming Commission Application Materials
    Submit two signed, completed copies of the New York State Racing & Wagering Board application materials, available for download at http://www.gaming.ny.gov/charitablegaming/

    To allow Bingo games, submit:
    • BC-101 Application for Commercial Lessor’s License
    • BC-102 Bingo Rental Statement
    • BC-102A Bingo Rental Statement Schedule A. On this form you will provide information about your premises, income, and expenses. You must also submit income and expense documentation for the time period listed on the Schedule.
    • BC-116 LEASE Agreement - Use of Premise for Bingo
    • BC-204 Commercial Lessor’s Monthly Rental Statement
    • Form 103 Schedule D - Individual Statement. Each person with 10% or more proprietary, equitable, or credit interest in the business (e.g., guard, manager, bookkeeper, stockholder, etc.) must complete this form. Individuals must attach a color photo to form.
    • Form 104 Schedule B - Individual, Partner, Association, etc. Statement. All business entities except for corporations must complete this form. Attach a copy of your entity agreement and financial statements.
    • Form 105 Schedule C - Corporation Statement. You must complete this form if your business is a corporation. Attach a copy of your most recent tax return, entity agreement, and financial statements.
    • Form 108 Schedule E - List of Employees, Agents or Representatives

    To allow Games of Chance, submit:
    • GC-101 Application for Games of Chance Lessor's License
    • GC-102 Games of Chance Rental Statement. On this form you will provide information about your premises, income, and expenses. You must also submit income and expense documentation for the time period listed on the Schedule.
    • Form 103 Schedule D - Individual Statement. Each person with 10% or more proprietary, equitable, or credit interest in the business (e.g., guard, manager, bookkeeper, stockholder, etc.) must complete this form. Individuals must attach a color photo to form.
    • Form 104 Schedule B - Individual, Partner, Association, etc. Statement. All business entities except for corporations must complete this form. Attach a copy of your entity agreement and financial statements.
    • Form 105 Schedule C - Corporation Statement. You must complete this form if your business is a corporation. Attach a copy of your most recent tax return, entity agreement, and financial statements.
    • Form 108 Schedule E - List of Employees, Agents or Representatives
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
    If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation. 
  • Department of Buildings Documents
    You must submit a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy, Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (expiring no less than 30 days from date of application submission), OR Letter of No Objection from the Department of Buildings (DOB) confirming that your premises is suitable to operate your business. If you submit a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, it must be the most current version and show approval of the premises for “Use Group 6” and “Bingo,” “Bingo Hall,” “Meeting Hall,” or “Meeting Room.”

    In addition, if the premises will be able to accommodate 75 or more persons, you must submit a copy of your Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation issued by DOB. The certificate must be the most current version and show approval of the premises for “Use Group 6” and “Bingo,” “Bingo Hall,” “Meeting Hall,” or “Meeting Room.” For more information, visit DOB’s Web site
  • Premises Approval by the Fire Department
    You must receive premises approval from the Fire Department (FDNY) in order to obtain a Commercial Lessor license. Complete the Application to Request an Inspection/Recommendation (download) and DCA will forward your request to FDNY. FDNY will notify DCA of your inspection results. Please note that if you fail the inspection, it is your responsibility to correct problems.
  • Fingerprints and Processing Fee
    All sole proprietors, general partners, directors, corporate officers, and all shareholders owning 10% or more of company stock must be fingerprinted at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licensing Center. EXCEPTIONS: Any person who currently holds or has held within the past three years a DCA license that required fingerprinting does not need to be fingerprinted. Any person fingerprinted at the DCA Licensing Center within the past three years does not need to be fingerprinted. Each person who must be fingerprinted must visit the DCA Licensing Center with photo identification (ID) and pay a $75 processing fee by check or money order, payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • Driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
    • License or permit issued by a government agency 
    • Passport 
    • Alien card/green card 
    • City, State, or Federal employee ID card

  • Your fingerprints will be checked for any criminal record that you may have. Note that a conviction will not necessarily prevent you from being granted a license. However, failure to reveal a conviction can constitute grounds for the denial of your application.
  • License Fee
    Must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted at the DCA Licensing Center include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.49% convenience fee. Checks or money orders must be payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. The charts below list the amount due depending upon your expected rental income for the upcoming year.

    Please note that a 2.49% convenience fee applies if you submit your license application online. A major credit card is required to submit applications online.  
Commerical Lessor License - Bingo
License Term:
 1 year
License Expiration Date: December 31  
Expected Rental Income for the Upcoming Year: Your License Fee is:
$50,000 to $100,000 $2,510
More than $100,000 $5,010
Commerical Lessor License - Games of Chance
License Term:
 1 year
License Expiration Date: December 31  
Expected Rental Income for the Upcoming Year: Your License Fee is:
$50,000 to $100,000 $2,550
More than $100,000 $5,050

After You File Your DCA License Application

After you submit your license application, DCA will contact you to attend a public hearing to review your license application. If you fail to attend the public hearing, your application will be denied.

Application Filing Process

IN PERSON

File in person at the DCA Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, in Manhattan between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Translation Services
If you do not speak or understand English well, please let us know when you arrive at the Licensing Center and we will provide translation services.

Reasonable Accommodation
To request a disability-related accommodation, visit our Accommodations page.

ONLINE

  1. Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
  2. If you haven’t registered an account with the City of New York, you will need to register an account before you can proceed to the online application.
  3. After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
  4. Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the DCA Business Toolbox to read requirements and proceed to the online application.

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