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NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
New York City is committed to providing New Yorkers with excellent customer service. Visit nyc.gov/bizrights to download the Business Owner's Bill of Rights in English, Español (Spanish), বাংলা (Bengali), 中文 (Chinese), Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole), 한국어 (Korean), and Русский (Russian).
DCA created a flyer that includes important tips that every business selling goods and services should know to avoid violations. Read 10 Things Every Business Should Know, available in English, Español (Spanish), 中文 (Chinese), Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole), 한국어 (Korean), and Русский (Russian).
The law prohibiting stores from leaving doors or windows open while air conditioning is running applies to all stores regardless of size. Chain stores—stores with five or more locations in New York City—must post a sign alerting people to contact 311 to report violations of the law on all exterior doors where people can see it.
Enhanced calorie labeling requirements for chain restaurants and new requirements for chain food retailers are now in effect in the city.
For calorie labeling guidance for chain food retailers, download FAQs in:
Businesses do not need a DCA license/permit to sell coniferous trees during the month of December. However, you need permission from the owner of the premises and it must not obstruct the sidewalk.
Storekeepers and peddlers may sell and display coniferous trees during the month of December and palm branches, myrtle branches, willow branches, and citron during the months of September and October on a sidewalk; but in any such case the permission of the owner of the premises fronting on such sidewalk shall be first obtained and a passageway shall be kept open on the sidewalk so obstructed for the free movement of pedestrians.
For more information about street obstructions, read Title 19 of the NYC Administrative Code, which is enforced by the Department of Transportation. New York City businesses must comply with all relevant federal, State, and City laws and rules, visit Laws page for more information.
The NYC Direct Deposit program provides free checking accounts to employees who directly deposit their pay. The benefits to your organization include cost savings from reduced printing of paper checks, less time spent by staff to deal with paper paycheck-related issues, and more. Learn more about direct deposit.
NYC Financial Empowerment Centers offer free financial counseling to help you manage your money well at home and keep your personal and business finances separate.
DCA conducts annual inspections of every heating oil delivery truck that operates out of New York City to ensure each truck’s meters accurately registers how much oil it is pumping so that businesses are not overcharged. Read tips to avoid being overcharged.
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SBS makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. Learn more.