NYC sets waiting list for street vendor licenses
New York.- Department of Consumer Affairs(DCA) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the agency is creating anew waiting list for people who want to apply for general vendor licenses,which is required to sell, lease, or offer to sell or lease goods or servicesin a public place that is not a store.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m.on November 15, 2016. Once the application period closes, DCA will assign eachaccepted application a non-transferable priority number (i.e., position) basedon a computer-generated random number selection program.
The order in which applications are submittedwill not affect an applicant’s position on the waiting list. DCA will notifyapplicants in writing of their waiting list number and then contact them inorder, as licenses become available, to submit a license application. The law,as established by the City Council, limits the number of non-veteran generalvendor licenses to 853.
“There is now, for the first time in manyyears, the opportunity to get on the list to apply for a license to be ageneral vendor in New York City,” said DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas.
Anyone can apply for free, and there is nolimit on how many applications will be accepted for the waiting list. Eachperson may only apply once. Applications are available in person (at the DCALicensing Center in Manhattan or the NYC Small Business Support Center inJamaica, Queens), online at nyc.gov/dca, or by contacting 311 and asking for theGeneral Vendor Waiting List.
Completed applications can be submitted inperson, online, or by mail (postmarked no later than November 15). DCA’sLicensing Center is located in the lobby at 42 Broadway in Manhattan and isopen 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Wednesday. The NYC Small Business Support Center is located at 90-27Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor, in Jamaica, Queens and is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Monday through Friday.
By law, the City can issue new general vendorlicenses when the number of licensed non-veteran general vendors falls below853. The waiting list last opened in 1993 and 5,367 people were put on thewaiting list. By state law, there is no limit on the number of general vendorlicenses available to honorably discharged veterans residing in New York State.
All general vendors (veteran and non-veteran)must follow the same vending regulations and NYPD enforces those laws,including unlicensed vending.? The sale of First Amendment goods(books/magazines, art, among other products) does not require a license and allfood vendors are licensed by the Department of Health.
For additional information, including FAQs,visit nyc.gov/dca or call 311 and ask to speak with a DCA representative aboutthe General Vendor License.