Temporary Waterfront Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation

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Small Business Services, Department of City
A Temporary Waterfront Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation is required for temporary events held on City-owned waterfront property, where 75 or more members of the public gather indoors or 200 or more gather outdoors for any of the following purposes: for religious, recreational, educational, political, social purposes, or, to consume food and drink. A Temporary Waterfront Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation is issued for events lasting less than 30 days.


In order to have a legal Temporary Waterfront Place of Assembly, Fire and Building Code requirements must be fulfilled.

Application for a TPA must be filed at least Ten (10) business days in advance of when the TPA is required. If any construction is involved, application must be filed at least Twenty (20) business days in advance of when the Construction Permit is required. Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) must be notified at least Five (5) business days in advance of the Event, and must approve the application prior to SBS’s issuance of the TPA.

Compliance with accessibility requirements may be subject to review by Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD).



NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
Waterfront Permits Unit
110 William Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10038
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: SBS Waterfront Permits Unit
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/waterfrontpermits

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