Resources for Businesses

By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and by helping to resolve complaints, DCA protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance.

Price Gouging Related to Hurricane Ida Home Repairs

Are you a home improvement contractor, plumber or electrician? Price gouging is illegal. Read Post-Storm Reminders for Businesses

*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*

On May 19, 2021, the State lifted indoor dining capacity in New York City, meaning restaurants can operate indoors at full capacity. As a result, starting August 17, 2021, restaurants cannot require customers to pay the COVID-19 Recovery Charge. DCWP will be updating materials to reflect the changes. Please check back soon. Read Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Recovery Charge at Restaurants in:
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The City’s Open Storefronts program allows storefront businesses to temporarily use a portion of the sidewalk and roadways to display merchandise, sell goods, and more. Stoop Line Stand licensees are not required but encouraged to join the free program to take advantage of added benefits. For more details and to sign up for the program, visit

Get DCWP Alerts and Information During COVID-19 Crisis, including workplace laws, price gouging, and scams and safety tips.

NYC Business Quick Start

In June 2021, NYC launched NYC Business Quick Start, a historic, $11 million concierge service for small businesses. This new interagency initiative will cut red tape and make New York City the easiest place in the United States to open or reopen a small business. Download outreach flyer 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)

Inspection Checklists

To help you avoid violations and see what our inspectors look for during inspections, read our inspection checklists.

Forms, Signs, and Templates

To ensure our records are up to date with your information and you have the right tools to use for your business, download forms, signs, and templates.

Pay Fines and Fees

Received a violation? Need to pay fees for an inspection? Pay fines and fees.

Cure DCA Violations

Have a curable violation? Learn how to cure DCA violation.

Scale Inspections

DCA tests the accuracy of all weighing and measuring devices (i.e., scales) used by retail and service establishments such as supermarkets, bodegas, jewelry stores, and laundries. We also test airport scales. Learn more about scale inspections.


The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) hears Summons/Notice of Hearing (also called a violation) issued by DCA. Learn more about hearings.

Settle Violations

In most cases, you can settle a case without a hearing by meeting with a DCA Settlement Officer or accepting the conditions of an Offer of Settlement letter. Learn more about how to settle violations.

Resolve Complaints

If a consumer files a complaint against you, our mediators will listen to both sides to help resolve complaints and avoid the complaint being sent to a hearing. Learn more about how to resolve complaints.

Tips for Businesses

DCA offers important tips for businesses, including 10 Things Every Business Should Know, identity theft prevention tips, information about the Air Conditioning Law, and more. Learn more about tips for businesses.

Workplace Laws

Learn about your responsibilities on workplace laws enforced by DCA.

Additional Resources

If you have a question about laws that DCA enforces, you can speak with DCA’s Business Compliance Counsel.

Visit to learn more about common business regulations and to access resources to assist your business.