Waterfront Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation

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Small Business Services, Department of City

A special permit called a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation (PA) is required for premises where 75 or more members of the public gather indoors or 200 or more gather outdoors, for religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes, or to consume food or drink.

In order to have a legal Place of Assembly, certain Fire and Building Code requirements must be fulfilled. Small Business Services Waterfront Permits Unit performs the initial inspection for the first issuance of a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation. Thereafter, it must be renewed annually through FDNY.

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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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