Newsstand

Newsstand License Application Checklist

Before DCA can issue a Newsstand license, DCA must receive approval from other agencies. See Review and Approval Process below.

Updates from JCDecaux, City's Street Furniture Vendor:

  • As of January 1, 2020, applicants for a new Newsstand license will need to pay JCDecaux a $10,000 deposit, increased from $5,000.
  • The cost of a newsstand was $33,955.57 in 2020, and the cost will increase each year based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).
  • Amortization Option (repayment of loan by installments):
    • Between June 24, 2020 and June 24, 2021: Under the terms of JCDecaux’s contract with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), if you choose to pay for the cost of the newsstand by loan in your agreement with JCDecaux during this period, payment must begin immediately (that is, before the unit is installed and ready for occupancy).
    • After June 24, 2021: You must pay the full cost of the newsstand to JCDecaux up front. You can no longer choose to pay for the cost of the newsstand by loan.
  • For more information about JCDecaux, visit newsstand.jcdecauxna.com.

Who Must Have a Newsstand License?

A business must have a Newsstand license to operate a stand or booth on a public sidewalk that is not readily removable and is primarily used to sell newspapers and periodicals. No one may hold a license for more than two newsstands at a given time, and DCA will not process more than two applications from a single applicant at any given time.

This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Newsstand license.

Quick List of Requirements to Apply for a Newsstand 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.

Before you file your DCA license application, you must do the following:
  • Confirm with DCA that your proposed newsstand location is vacant and open for use
When you file your DCA license application, you must submit the following materials:
  • Basic License Application
  • Current Color Passport-size Photograph of License Applicant
  • Proof of Owner Notification
  • Landowner’s Consent to Operate a Newsstand
  • Principal Employment Affirmation
  • Scale Drawings of Proposed Newsstand
  • Photos of Proposed Location
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable)
  • License Fee (if applicable)
  • Documentation from Physician (if applicable)

Submitting your application does not mean your license is automatically approved.

Additional City or State Permits/Licenses/Clearances You May Need

You must have a Tobacco Retail Dealer license to sell cigarettes or tobacco products, such as cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, snus, bidi, snuff, shisha, or dissolvable tobacco products directly to consumers.

You must have an Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer license to sell electronic cigarettes directly to consumers.

Both licenses are subject to community district caps. For a list of the current community district caps, visit NYC Open Data at opendata.cityofnewyork.us.

This is not meant to be a complete list. See Additional Resources section.

Important Message about Business Certificate

You must be a sole proprietor.

Sole proprietors conducting business under a name other than your legal name must have a Certificate of Assumed Name/Assumed Name Certificate.

Requirements

Before You File Your DCA License Application:

  • You must confirm with DCA that your proposed newsstand location is vacant and available for use.
    Note: Please read the Location Verification Form. DCA will verify the availability of up to three locations per applicant within 5-7 business days. DCA does not reserve available locations. DCA reviews and accepts complete applications on a first-come first-served basis.
  • You must send by certified mail notification to the owner or owner’s agent of the building or lot directly adjacent to the site of your proposed newsstand. The letter must indicate that you will submit a Newsstand license application to DCA within 30 days and include basic information about the proposed stand (dimensions, distance and direction from the closest intersection, etc.). Download a model letter.

    Note: The NYC Department of Finance and the New York State Department of State maintain online databases that may help you identify the name and mailing address of the owner of record or the owner’s agent. For convenience, DCA created the handout Finding Name and Address of Building Owner of Record or Owner’s Agent to help you navigate these online databases.

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

  • 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.
  • One Current Color Passport-size Photograph of License Applicant Taken within the Last 30 Days.
    Online: License applicants can upload an image file of digital passport photo quality. A digital camera with a resolution of 1 mega-pixel is adequate.
  • Proof of Owner Notification
    You must provide evidence to DCA that you sent a notification letter to the owner(s) of the building(s) or lot(s) directly adjacent to the site of your proposed newsstand. You must also submit an original certified mail receipt as proof that you sent a notification letter to the owner.
  • Landowner’s Consent to Operate a Newsstand (download)
    If your proposed newsstand will be located within three feet of private property, you must submit an original, notarized Landowner’s Consent to Operate a Newsstand.
  • Principal Employment Affirmation (download)
    Complete the form to affirm that your principal employment will be the newsstand.
  • Scale Drawings of Proposed Newsstand
    Submit six (6) copies of the scale drawing plan with a scale key of ¼″ (quarter inch) equal to 1′ (one foot). The plan must include the dimensions of the proposed newsstand and the distance from each obstruction* within 25′ of either side of the proposed newsstand.
    *Obstructions include streets, sidewalks, sidewalk furniture, property lines, crosswalks, buildings and building entrances, subway entrances, grates, hydrants, traffic control devices, light poles, sign posts, public phones, garbage receptacles, mailboxes, parking meters, manhole covers, and trees. Please refer to the Newsstand Size and Clearance Requirements.

    Note: The plan does not need to be drawn by an architect, but must be accurate and drawn to scale on paper no larger than 11" x 17" (tabloid size).
  • Photos of Proposed Location
    Submit eight 5″ x 7″ (or larger) color photos of the location where the proposed newsstand will be located taken within 30 days of the date you submit the application. The eight photos should show:
    • one image of the left side of the newsstand
    • one of the right side
    • two of the front
    • two of the back
    • two front views from across the street

    Photos must clearly show the area surrounding the proposed newsstand location and the location must be identified with an “X.”

    Note:
    • Photos that cut off a portion of the view will not be accepted.
    • DCA accepts standard photographs, color paper copies, Polaroids, or other facsimile.
    • Photos must reflect the plans, i.e., there must be a direct relationship between the plans submitted and the photos.
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
    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.
  • Documentation from Physician (if applicable)
    Legally blind applicants must provide original documentation from a bona fide physician proving that they are legally blind in order to have the DCA license fee waived.
  • License Fee
    See charts below.

    Exception: If you are legally blind, you are eligible for fee exemption. See the requirement Documentation from Physician above.

  • License Term: 2 years. Expiration Date: September 30, Even Years.
If You File Your Application Between These Dates: Initial License Application Fee
(due when you submit your license application)
Remaining License Fee
(due after construction of your newsstand is complete)
Total Fee Paid
From October 1 in an even year to March 31 in an odd year $269 $807 $1,076
From April 1 in an odd year to September 30 in an odd year $269 $538 $807
From October 1 in an odd year to March 31 in an even year $269 $269 $538
From April 1 in an even year to September 30 in an even year $269 $0 $269

 

    License Term: 2 years. Expiration Date: March 31, Even Years.
If You File Your Application Between These Dates: Initial License Application Fee (due when you submit your license application) Remaining License Fee
(due after construction of your newsstand is complete)
Total Fee Paid:
From April 1 in an even year to September 30 in an even year $269 $807 $1,076
From October 1 in an even year to March 31 in an odd year $269 $538 $807
From April 1 in an odd year to September 30 in an odd year $269 $269 $538
From October 1 in an odd year to March 31 in an even year $269 $0 $269

 

 

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

Schedule an appointment to 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
NYC SMALL BUSINESS
SUPPORT CENTER

90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435

By Email:
LicensingAppointments@dca.nyc.gov
By Phone*: Call (212) 436-0441. (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

*This number is to schedule an appointment for in-person service only. For general questions, email newsstand@dca.nyc.gov.

Free Interpretation Services
are available on-site. To request a disability-related accommodation, please email DCA's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at humancapital@dca.nyc.gov or visit our Accommodations page.

ONLINE

  1. Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
  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 DCA Business Toolbox to read requirements and proceed to the online application.

Review and Approval Process

Before DCA can issue a Newsstand License, DCA must receive approval from other agencies. Below is an overview of the process.
  • DCA reviews complete application materials (requirements) within five days.
  • DCA submits a copy of your application to the relevant Community Board, Department of Transportation (DOT), and Public Design Commission for review to ensure your proposed newsstand is in compliance with public safety regulations. Note: The Community Board must forward recommendations to DCA within 60 calendar days.
  • Depending on the location of your proposed newsstand, the Design Commission or Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will review your application.
    • After providing the appropriate Community Board an opportunity to comment on the application and receiving DOT’s approval, DCA will contact you with instructions on submitting the additional materials listed on the Design Commission Requirements (download). You must submit the materials to DCA and DCA will forward all relevant information to the Design Commission. The Design Commission reviews the proposed newsstand’s aesthetic appropriateness and visual compatibility with the surrounding area.
    • OR
    • If the proposed newsstand is located in a landmarked area, you must obtain a permit from LPC approving the construction of a newsstand. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/landmarks
  • DCA will notify DOT with the results of the Design Commission’s or LPC’s review. If your newsstand is approved, DOT will contact you to confirm details on cost and provide you with instructions on how to pay JCDecaux, the City’s vendor. JCDecaux will provide DCA and DOT with proof of satisfactory payment and DOT will coordinate construction of the newsstand with JCDecaux.
  • Once construction of the newsstand is complete, you must submit the following to DCA:
    • A copy of your New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Certificate of Authority with your Sales Tax Identification Number.
    • Payment for the remaining license fee amount (please refer to the fee chart above).
    • 8″ x 10″ color archival-quality photographs of the completed structure. The photographs must be of all sides of the newsstand, including at least one photograph each of the front, back, and both sides of the newsstand.
    Note: Three copies of the photographs will be sent to the Design Commission or LPC for archival purposes.

Newsstand Size and Clearance Requirements:

The law requires that a newsstand occupy no more than 72 square feet and not exceed 9 feet in height. This does not include newsstands in close proximity to subway entrances and exits for which special size limitations apply.

For the construction of the JCDecaux newsstands there are nine (9) stand sizes available, including widths of 4, 5, and 6 feet and lengths of 8, 10, and 12 feet. You may apply for the largest stand which fits into your proposed site and complies with all applicable site criteria.

The following is a summary of the required minimum clearances from sidewalk obstructions, as inspected by DOT, to use when drawing site plans.

(For complete details, see the Rules of the City of New York § 2-65.)
 
Access Plates 2' Parking Meters 2'
Automated Public Toilets 15' Property lines extended at intersection 10'
Building Vaults 2' Service or Freight Entrances 10'
Bus Shelters 15' Siamese Connections 10'
Cellar Doors 2' Sidewalk Cafés 15'
Curbs 1'6" Standpipes 10'
Curb Cuts* 15' Street Lights 3'
Elevator Lobby of a Building 15' Street Signs 2'
Entrances to Houses of Worship 15' Subway Entrances/Exits 15'
Fire Hydrants 10' Telephones 2'
Governmental Buildings 15' Traffic Signal Poles 3'
Information Kiosks 15' Transformer Vaults 2'
Litter Baskets/Mailboxes 2' Tree Pit 5'
Manholes 2' The trunk of any tree (in any direction) or canopy 5'
Newsstands 15' Ventilation or Other Grills 2'
All Other Retail Entrances and Building Entrances 5'

*A 15-foot clearance is required from curb cuts leading to garages, driveways, parking lots, and truck service areas. All clearances from curb cuts must also meet DOT safety and operational requirements.

Newsstands may not placed under fire escapes, in taxi stands or bus stops, and may not be placed within the frontage of any building having more than three floors of retail use.

Newsstands may not be lcoated in areas where they interfere with the free passage of pedestrians. DOT will measure sidewalk congestion (or pedestrian level of service) to determine if a proposed location meets public safety standards.

Additional Resources for Newsstands


  • For more laws and rules that may affect your business, visit our Laws page.
  • For resources to help your business open, operate, and grow, visit nyc.gov/business.
  • Reminder: Newsstand Laws and Rules
    • DCA may revoke your license if you do not use the newsstand for a period of two consecutive months or more.
    • The newsstand structure belongs to JCDecaux. You may not lease or solicit lessees to occupy the newsstand.
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