*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*
June 18, 2020: Per the Mayor’s Executive Order
, certain laws and rules relating to sidewalk cafés have been suspended to administer the Open Restaurants Program
. Restaurants must seek permission through this program to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk, including restaurants that have been licensed for unenclosed sidewalk cafés and small sidewalk cafés. Learn more at nyc.gov/openrestaurants
New Rules for Debt Collectors Regarding Language Access
Local Law 31 of 2020
Local Law 31 of 2020 repeals the licensing requirement for Home Improvement Salespersons. As of August 9, 2020, the Department of Consumer Affairs will no longer license Home Improvement Salespersons and will no longer accept new or renewal applications.
Beginning August 9, 2020, new and renewing Home Improvement Contractor license applicants must submit proof that they are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to safe lead practices and/or affirm that certification is not required based on the type of work the business performs.
Applicants must submit:
- Copies of EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) certification AND EPA Lead-Based Paint Activities certification (also known as Lead Abatement certification), OR
- Copy of either EPA RRP certification or Lead Abatement certification AND a signed Affirmation indicating that the other EPA certification is not required, OR
- Signed Affirmation that both EPA certifications are not required for any home improvement work performed by the applicant.
For information about EPA certifications, visit epa.gov/lead
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