Street Activity Permitting Office Rules

The Street Actvity Permit Office (SAPO) is proposing amendments to extend the existing moratorium on street fair applications to Calendar Year 2020. SAPO will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule on November 26th 2019 at 9:00am. The hearing will be held at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Hearing Room A, 100 Chambers Street, New York, NY, 10007. For more information and other ways to comment on the proposed rule, please download the Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules.

Our office must administer permits by the procedures outlined in the Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) Rules. 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.

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.