On July 18, 2021, the City enacted Local Law 80 of 2021, which provides civil penalty relief from certain sanitation, health, transportation, consumer affairs, noise control and buildings violations. It also repeals a number of requirements and prohibitions in the Administrative Code to provide relief for small businesses. Learn more.
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On March 7, 2022, Key to NYC rules were suspended. Businesses previously covered by Key to NYC rules will still have the flexibility to require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose. Learn more at nyc.gov/keytonyc.
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. If you own a restaurant or bar, you must apply for Open Restaurants certification to offer outdoor dining service, even if you already have a license for an unenclosed sidewalk café or a small sidewalk café. Learn more including guidance on heating elements for outdoor dining setups at nyc.gov/openrestaurants.
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DCWP will conduct a lottery for available Tobacco Retail Dealer licenses in certain Community Districts. The period to apply for the lottery begins May 1, 2022 and ends May 31, 2022. Learn more about the lottery.
New City laws require many food delivery apps to have a license and establish requirements that apps must follow concerning consumers, delivery workers, and restaurants. Learn more at nyc.gov/DeliveryApps.
Starting June 9, 2022, every construction labor provider will need a license from DCWP to operate in NYC. Learn about the application requirements and apply online now.
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) is the coordinating agency for all street vending activity. Learn more about Street Vending in NYC.
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Learn about 10 Things Every Business Should Know Available in English, Español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese), Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole), 한국어 (Korean), and Русский (Russian). Read additional tips for businesses
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Need to have your scales inspected? Submit a request for a scale inspection online or call 311.
New York City businesses must comply with all relevant federal, State, and City laws and rules. Visit our Laws webpage.
Find more information about opening or operating a business in New York City at nyc.gov/business.