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.
In-Person Licensing and Collections Services Available By Appointment Only. DCWP is accepting in-person visits from customers with appointments only at our Manhattan and Queens locations. You must schedule an appointment to meet with a DCWP representative. For health and safety reasons, DCWP cannot serve walk-ins. View flyer to learn how to schedule an appointment in English | Español (Spanish) | العربية (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) | 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified) | 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional) | Français (French) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Język Polski (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | ردو (Urdu)
Key to NYC! Businesses must comply with vaccination requirement for certain indoor activities. Learn more at nyc.gov/keytonyc.
Starting August 14, 2021, DCWP will review potentially abandoned newsstands to determine if they are not in use for two consecutive months and may take action on their licenses.
On June 24, 2021, New York’s COVID-19 State of Emergency expired and many New York Forward industry reopening guidance documents are no longer mandatory.
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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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.
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.