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A business must have a Temporary Amusement Device license to manually, mechanically, or electrically operate a device/ride intended to carry and convey passengers along, around, or over a defined area for entertainment purposes during public events not to exceed 14 calendar days for each event.
You do not need a Temporary Amusement Device license if you already have a Portable Amusement Device license
. A Portable Amusement Device license is an annual license for a truck-mounted and/or inflatable amusement device that is designed to be operated on the vehicle that transports it.
This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Temporary Amusement Device license.
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:
- Basic License Application
Online submission: After reviewing the application requirements, please click the Apply Online link at the bottom of the Web page to submit your application.
In-person submission: Download the Basic License Application Form.
- Amusement Ride Inspection Application (ELV-32) (download)
Complete the Amusement Ride Inspection Application (ELV-32) and DCA will forward your request to the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the relevant Community Board and Council Member for review and/or approval. At the time of your DOB inspection, you should have a copy of the ELV-32 and the Affidavit of Compliance/Temporary Rides (download). You should also have a copy of the proposed foundations as recommended in the operation/maintenance manual of your amusement device. If the manual does not contain proposed footings, you must have a notarized plan and design of the footings prepared by a professional engineer (“PE”) or registered architect (“RA”) licensed in the State of New York. The plan must include the size and pressure under the footings and allowable soil bearing capacities. A copy of the plan must be kept with the amusement device. DOB will notify DCA with your inspection results. For more information on the inspection process, please call 311 and ask for “Portable Amusement Ride – Inspection” or visit the the DOB Web site at www.nyc.gov/buildings.
The Community Board and Council Member have 15 days to respond and their feedback will be taken into consideration in the review of your license application. Note: If you submit your application within 30 days before the event, you must submit a letter of approval from the Community Board and Council Member indicating you can operate your amusement device at the event.
- Workers' Compensation Insurance
Provide a copy of ONE of the following documents as proof of workers’ compensation insurance information:
- An Insurance Certificate for workers’ compensation insurance from a private insurance carrier or the New York State Insurance Fund Office. The Insurance Certificate must name the Department of Consumer Affairs as the certificate holder OR
- A Certificate of Attestation of Exemption from the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board (if you claimed exemption from the requirement to hold workers’ compensation insurance)
To learn whether you can claim exemption from holding workers’ compensation insurance, visit NYS Workers’ Compensation Board at www.wcb.ny.gov
Please note: You must provide DCA with proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance should your business cease to qualify for Workers’ Compensation Exemption.
- Proof of Right to Use Premises
Submit ONE of the following documents as proof of right to use premises where you will operate your amusement device(s):
- A copy of your deed or bill of sale OR
- A copy of your current lease and a copy of the deed or bill of sale proving the lessor’s ownership of the property OR
- A letter from the nonprofit sponsor of the event indicating that you have been contracted to participate in the event. The letter must include the event date(s) and location where you will operate your amusement device.
- If you will operate on City-owned property, you must obtain written permission from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (www.nyc.gov/hpd) or the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (www.nyc.gov/dcas)
- Liability Insurance for Amusement Devices
You must submit a copy of the Insurance Certificate for your amusement device. Your Insurance Certificate must name the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as the certificate holder. Minimum amount of coverage is $1,000,000.
Note: You must notify DCA within 14 days if your insurance policy is cancelled, expired, or was terminated for any reason. Notification must be in writing and submitted in person OR by mail to:
Attn: Licensing Center
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
New York, NY 10004
- Child Support Certification Form (download)
If your business is a SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP or GENERAL or LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, the proprietor or each individual general partner must submit a Child Support Certification Form.
- 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.
- Temporary Amusement Device Applicant Fees
License Fee: $50 for each device per event. Fee must be paid by credit card, money order, or check payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card.
Inspection fee: $100 per mechanical device. Fee must be paid by certified check or money order only payable to Department of Buildings.
Please note that a convenience fee applies if you submit your license application online. A major credit card is required to submit applications online.
You must visit the DCA Licensing Center to submit fees that are not payable to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
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 license 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.
Additional Resources for Temporary Amusement Device
- Changes to List of Devices
You must visit the DCA Licensing Center located at 42 Broadway, in lower Manhattan if you need to make changes to the list of amusement devices.
- If you need to make changes to one or two devices, please visit the Center at least three business days before the event.
- If you need to make changes to three or more devices, please visit the Center at least five days before the event.
- NYPD Notification and Inspection of Your Devices
If DCA approves your license application, DCA will submit a copy of your license document to the NYPD precinct where the event will be located. DOB will contact you about inspecting your device. Inspections are usually conducted the day before the event or during the first day of the event.
- If you pass the inspection, DOB will issue you a “green tag” so that you may operate the device.
- If you fail the inspection and cannot correct problems, you must dismantle your amusement device and take it out of operation. Operating an amusement device without a “green tag” is subject to penalties.
- Amusement Device Notification of Accident Report
You must submit a written Accident Report (download) of every accident relating to an amusement device within 24 hours after the occurrence. If the accident results in death or a person sustaining an injury that requires medical treatment, you must notify both the Department of Consumer Affairs and Department of Buildings immediately via phone, fax, and/or e-mail as provided on the Accident Report.
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