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.

Educational Resources

General Vendors: Use our checklist to learn what our inspectors look for and help avoid violations. Download Inspection Checklist for General Vendors. Note: Information in additional languages coming soon.
Food Vendors: Visit Mobile Food Vendors webpage to get guidance and tools.

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.