Do You Need A Street Fair Vendor License?In New York City, you must have a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit in order to sell merchandise or offer a service from a booth or stand at an authorized Street Fair (e.g., street fair, block party, or festival).
Keep in mind that authorized street fairs are those that have been authorized by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office and you can not use your permit to sell at events other than authorized street fairs.
Before filing your street vendor permit application, you will also have to register with the street fair's producer or sponsoring organization. Learn more about contacting and registering with New York street fairs organizers.
What Will You Need for Your New York Street Fair Vendor Permit Application?You will need the following items:
- Photo Identification (ID) of Permit Applicant
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license or a non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
- License or permit issued by a government agency
- Alien card/green card
- A City, State, or Federal employee ID card
- Current color passport-size photograph of Permit Applicant
EXCEPTION: Applicants who have held a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit within the past two (2) years do not need to submit a photograph. Permit Applicants can be photographed in the DCA Licensing Center at no cost. You may upload an image file if you submit your permit application online (see below for filing instructions).
- Granting Authority to Act Affirmation
If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation.
- Sales Tax Identification Number
This is the 9, 10, or 11-digit number on your New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Certificate of Authority. You must enter this number on the Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit application. To obtain an application for a Certificate of Authority, visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance online at www.nystax.gov or call toll-free (800) 698-2909. Allow four to six weeks after applying to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to receive your Certificate of Authority.
- Child Support Certification Form
You must download and complete the Child Support Certification Form to state that you are not ducking an obligation to pay child support.
- Permit Fee of $10 for each month
For in-person application submissions, the Permit Fee must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Checks or money orders must be payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
How Do I Submit My New York Street Fair Vendor Permit Application?You can apply for your Temporary Street Vendor Permit through the Department of Consumer Affairs online or in person.
Online Application Process
You can apply online through New York City Business Express. As stated above, you will have to submit a photograph and can upload the image as part of the online application process or submit it via email or in person at the DCA Licensing Center within five days of your online application.
In-Person Application Process
Applications may be filed in person or by mail at the DCA Licensing Center (42 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Find out how to register with New York street fair organizers to sell your products or services
Find out how to organize your own New York street fair