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You must have a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit in order to sell merchandise or offer a service from a booth or stand at an authorized street fair (e.g., street fair, block party, or festival). Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permits may only be used at street fairs authorized by the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office for which you have registered as a vendor with the fair’s sponsoring organization. A Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit cannot be used as a General Vendor License. Use of a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit at events other than authorized street fairs for which you have registered as a vendor will subject you to arrest, fine, and confiscation of your goods.
This description is only a general explanation of which individuals need to have a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit.
Before You File Your DCA Permit Application:
To sell merchandise or offer a service at a street fair, you must make arrangements directly with the street fair’s sponsoring organization. To find a street event registered with the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office, please visit nyc.gov/events
and review the Citywide Events Calendar.
After you have made arrangements with the sponsoring organizations of all street fairs at which you will vend, complete the requirements below to submit your Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit application to DCA. You may apply for more than one Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit at a time.
When You File Your DCA License Application:
Below are requirements when filing your permit application:
- Sales Tax Identification Number OR Certificate of Authority Application Confirmation Number
This is the 9, 10, or 11-digit number on your New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Certificate of Authority. You must enter this number on the Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit application. To apply for a Certificate of Authority, visit the NYS License Center. You will need a NY.gov ID to access the application form. To request a paper application, call (518) 485-2889. Allow four to six weeks after applying to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to receive your Certificate of Authority.
- Photo Identification (ID) of Permit Applicant
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license or a non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
- License or permit issued by a government agency
- Alien card/green card
- City, State, or Federal employee ID card
- Current color passport-size photograph of License Applicant
EXCEPTION: Applicants who have held a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit within the past two (2) years do not need to submit a photograph.
Permit Applicants can be photographed in the DCA Licensing Center at no cost.
Please note that you can upload an image file if you submit your permit application online.
- Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
If this application will be filed by someone other than the permit applicant, the permit applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation.
- Child Support Certification Form (download)
- Permit Fee of $10 for each month
For in-person application submissions, the Permit Fee must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted at the DCA Licensing Center include 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.
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.
Application Filing Process
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.
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.
- Please review requirements for the permit and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
- 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.
- After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
- 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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