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.

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.

Vending Maps

General Vendor Street Restrictions Map: DCWP issues General Vendor licenses (White) and two specialized licenses (Yellow and Blue). This map highlights the street restrictions for licensed General Vendors. View NYC General Vendor Street Restrictions Map.
Note: First Amendment vendors (those vendors who exclusively sell items covered by the First Amendment, including written materials (newspapers, periodicals, books, pamphlets) and artwork (paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, face paintings, balloon animals) must follow the same street restrictions as Blue Specialized Licensees on the map.

Mobile Food Vending Streets Map: DOHMH issues Mobile Food Vendor licenses and permits. This interactive map shows where you are allowed to vend food from a cart or truck. It also provides information on specific location restrictions. View Mobile Food Vending Streets Map.

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.

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 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.

Virtual Workshops for Street Vendors

DCWP, Urban Justice Center, and Street Vendor Project hosted virtual workshops for street vendors that provide information 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 areas where vending is prohibited.
Watch July 19, 2021 Webinar: General Vendors
Watch July 20, 2021 Webinar: Mobile Food Vendors