Garage, Parking Lot, or Combo Garage and Parking Lot

License Application Checklist:
Garage License (Premises)
Parking Lot License (Premises)
Combo Garage and Parking Lot License (Premises)

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Who Must Have a Garage and/or Parking Lot License?

A business accommodating five or more vehicles for a fee or other consideration charged directly or indirectly must have a:
  • Garage license (to store vehicles in an entirely enclosed space)
  • Parking Lot license (to store vehicles in an unenclosed space)
  • Combo Garage and Parking Lot license (to store vehicles in both enclosed and unenclosed spaces)
This description is only a general explanation of who must have a Garage and/or Parking Lot license.

Exemptions: You do not need a license if parking is for customers or employees of a primary business or for tenants on a monthly basis.

Quick List of Requirements to Apply for a Garage and/or Parking Lot License

See Requirements section for detailed descriptions. Make sure you provide all requirements; otherwise, your application is incomplete. DCA can only consider complete applications for license issuance.
Basic License Application
Garage and/or Parking Lot Self-Certification (to be completed by Owner)
Sales Tax Identification Number OR Application Confirmation Number
Rate Information for Vehicles
Proof of Bicycle Parking
Personal and Property Liability Insurance for Garage and/or Parking Lot
Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable)
License Fee
Submitting your application does not mean your license is automatically approved.

Bicycle Parking

If your business will accommodate 51 or more automobiles, you must provide bicycle parking or provide proof of exemption or waiver. Key regulations are below.
  • You must provide at least one bicycle parking space for every 10 automobile parking spaces provided, up to 200 automobile parking spaces.
  • If your business can accommodate 200 or more automobiles, you must provide at least one additional bicycle parking space for every additional 100 automobile parking spaces.
  • Bicycles must be stored inside a secure holding area OR placed on a bike rack that would allow the bike wheel and frame to be locked.
Examples of Minimum Number of Bicycles (up to 249 Automobile Parking Spaces)
Capacity on DCA License Minimum Number of Bicycle Capacity
51-54 5
55-64 6
65-74 7
75-84 8
85-94 9
95-104 10
105-114 11
115-124 12
125-134 13
135-144 14
145-154 15
155-164 16
165-174 17
175-184 18
185-194 19
195-249 20

Important Message about Business Certificate

You must have the applicable Business Certificate based on your business’s legal structure. Although DCA does not require submission of your Business Certificate in order to process your application, DCA may request this document under section 20-104 of the New York City Administrative Code.

Sole proprietors operating under a name other than your own must have a Business/Assumed Name Certificate.

Partnerships must have a Partnership Certificate and, if applicable, an Assumed Name Certificate for your business.

Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, or Limited Liability Partnerships must register and remain active with the New York State Division of Corporations. You can check your status at www.dos.ny.gov/corps.

Requirements

DCA will not accept your application if you do not submit these required documents and information:

  • Garage and/or Parking Lot Self-Certification.
    Download the Certification.
    The owner (e.g., sole proprietor, general partner, director, corporate officer, or shareholder owning 10% or more of company stock) must complete the Self-Certification.
  • Sales Tax Identification Number OR Application Confirmation Number.
    To apply for a Certificate of Authority in order to collect sales tax, visit www.businessexpress.ny.gov.
  • Proof of Bicycle Parking
    If your business plans to accommodate 51 or more automobiles, you must submit ONE of the following documents as proof of bicycle parking:
    • Two completed copies of Rate Information for Bicycles* (download) OR
    • Certification of Exemption from Compliance with DCA Bicycle Parking Requirements (download) OR
    • An approved Bicycle Parking Spaces Waiver from the Department of Buildings (DOB). To apply for the waiver, contact DOB at nyc.gov/buildings or 311.
    *Do not combine vehicles and bicycles Rate Information.
  • Personal and Property Liability Insurance for Garage and/or Parking Lot.
    You must submit a copy of the Insurance Certificate for your premises. Your Insurance Certificate must name the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as a certificate holder. Minimum amounts of coverage are:
    • Commercial General Liability Insurance coverage with a minimum limit of $300,000 per occurrence on a per location basis
    • Garagekeepers Legal Liability Insurance coverage with a minimum limit of $25,000
    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
    42 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation, if applicable.
    Download the Affirmation.
    Required if someone other than the license applicant will prepare and submit this application. 

    Note: The applicant must sign the license application and all related forms.
  • License Fee
    License Period: 2 years.
    Expiration Date: March 31 (Odd Years).
    See chart below for License Fee—Determined by Date You File Your Application and the Number of Cars:
If You File Application Between These Dates: Fee if 5-25 Cars (A) Fee if 26-50 Cars (B) Fee if 51-100 Cars (C) Fee if 101+ Cars (D)
From April 1 in an odd year to September 30 in an odd year $300 $380 $540 $600
From October 1 in an odd year to March 31 in an even year $225 $285 $405 $450
From April 1 in an even year to September 30 in an even year $150 $190 $270 $300
From October 1 in an even year to March 31 in an odd year $75 or $375* for a license expiring March 31 of the following odd year. (Valid for at most 30 months.) $95 or $475* for a license expiring March 31 of the following odd year. (Valid for at most 30 months.) $135 or $675* for a license expiring March 31 of the following odd year. (Valid for at most 30 months.) $150 or $750* for a license expiring March 31 of the following odd year. (Valid for at most 30 months.)

*If you are applying within six months of the license expiration date, you can pay the prorated fee for the remaining license term plus the full fee to renew the license for the next term. If you pay both fees, you will not need to renew the license until the end of the next license period.
Pay by:
  • Check or money order payable to DCA. (In person)
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card only). You will be charged a nonrefundable Convenience Fee. (In person or online)

Application Filing Process

IN PERSON

File in person at the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center.
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) LICENSING CENTER
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York, NY 10004
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
NYC SMALL BUSINESS
SUPPORT CENTER

90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Free Interpretation Services are available on-site. To request a disability-related accommodation, please call DCA’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (212) 436-0155 or visit our Accommodations page.

ONLINE

  1. Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the link below to submit your application online using a laptop or desktop computer.
  2. 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.
  3. After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
  4. Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the Apply for a DCA License page to read requirements and proceed to the online application
If you're applying for a GARAGE license, click here
If you're applying for a PARKING LOT license, click here
If you're applying for a COMBO GARAGE AND PARKING LOT license, click here

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