Amendment to Mobile Food Vending Rules (Chapter 6 of Title 24 of the RCNY)- HEARING POSTPONED

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


In 1998, New York State enacted a law that allowed cities having a population of one million or more to issue specialized vending licenses to honorably discharged members of the armed forces of the United States who were physically disabled as a result of injuries received while in service of the armed forces. Such specialized vending licenses authorized holders to hawk or peddle within the city issuing the license in accordance with the provisions of New York General Business Law section 35-a.

In 2013, the City of New York adopted section 6-13 of the Rules of the City of New York. Section 6-13 provides the requirements for disabled veterans with specialized vending licenses to obtain disabled veterans mobile food unit vending permits. These permits allow the operation of mobile food vending units on sidewalks surrounding parks under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Proposed Amendments

The proposed amendment seeks to remove subdivision (ii) of section 6-13, which requires any applicant for a disabled veterans mobile food unit vending permit to hold a currently valid general vendor license from DCA. This subdivision is being removed to conform the permit requirements applicable to disabled veterans to such requirements applicable to food vendors generally, which are not required to hold a general vendor license to sell food from a mobile unit.

Statutory Authority

The Department’s authority to adopt this proposed amendment is found in section 1043 of the Charter and section 17-325.3 of the Administrative Code.

Public Hearing

Proposal to amend Section 6-13 of the Rules of the City of New York governing the licensing requirements for mobile food vending units by disabled veterans, to remove the requirement that an applicant hold a general vendor license from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”).
The public hearing originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, has been POSTPONED. Details for the rescheduled public hearing will be announced when they are available.

Public Hearing Date: 
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:00am

Svetlana Burdeynik, (347) 396-6078,

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, 14th floor, Room 14-34
Queens, NY 11101