Street Vending in NYC

Street Vending in NYC

Overview

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) is the coordinating agency for all street vending activity. We work closely with our sister agencies, including Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Parks & Recreation (Parks), Sanitation (DSNY), Environmental Protection (DEP), Transportation (DOT), Small Business Services (SBS), and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) to provide community support, equitable enforcement, and access to resources.

March 18, 2021: Read mayoral letter designating the Office of Street Vendor Enforcement to be established in DCWP.

May 25, 2022: Mayor Adams Announces Steps to Reform and Modernize Vending Regulations, Expanding Legal Opportunities for Street Vendors While Remaining Committed to Managing Public Space.

Virtual Workshops for Street Vendors

DCWP, Urban Justice Center, and Street Vendor Project hosted virtual workshops for street vendors. We provided a presentation on who needs a vending license to sell food or non-food items in a public place, the types of vending licenses and permits, and zone restrictions.
Watch July 19 Webinar: General Vendors
Watch July 20 Webinar: Mobile Food Vendors

Educational Resources: General Vendors

Educational Resources: Mobile Food Vendors

Vending Licenses

Apply for a General Vendor License*
Apply for a Mobile Food Vending License*
Apply for a Temporary Street Fair Permit
*Important: The number of street vending licenses are limited by law with long waiting lists. Please read all eligibility requirements before submitting an application.

Complaints

Make a complaint about a vendor operating on City streets or sidewalks or at a street fair. Note: You will be redirected to the 311 online complaint form.

2021 Outreach Plan

On January 15, 2021, NYPD street vending enforcement efforts (except for enforcement in the subway, seizures, and trademark counterfeiting) transitioned to DCWP. We will, in partnership with our sister agencies, be holding overview sessions about new roles between January 2021 to March 2021, and further educational events throughout the year to provide ongoing support. We are committed to working closely with community partners including Community Boards (CBs), Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), elected officials, and community-based organizations to address issues related to street vending and provide street vendors with resources. If your organization or community is interested in a presentation, please contact our DCWP outreach team for event coordination.