Street Vending in NYC

Street Vending in NYC


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.

Read mayoral letter designating the Office of Street Vendor Enforcement to be established in DCWP.

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

Excluded Workers Fund

The Fiscal Year 2022 Enacted New York State Budget creates a $2.1 billion program to provide cash payments (for the period of March 27, 2020 to April 1, 2021) to workers who have suffered income loss due to COVID but who are ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or related Federal benefits due to their immigration status or other factors. Such workers must be below a particular income threshold and provide sufficient documentation to establish work-related eligibility and residency in the state.

The Fund will be overseen and administered by the New York State Department of Labor. For the latest information about the Fund, visit Reminder: Any call, email, or text message from someone claiming to be a government official and demanding money or personal information is likely a scam. Read our consumer tips to be aware of scams during COVID-19 crisis.

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.


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.