Amendment of Rules Governing Commercial Garages and Parking Lots

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Comment By: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) is proposing to amend subdivisions (a) and (b) of section 2-161 of Subchapter Q of Chapter 2 of Title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York, in relation to the Department’s regulation of Garages and Parking Lots. The proposed amendments will simplify compliance for garage and parking lot license applicants who have previously been approved for a license at same location; align license application requirements with the current practices of New York City; and remove references to outdated information.


These proposed rules would:


  • Eliminate the requirement that a garage and parking lot license may not be issued “unless certificates have been forwarded to the commissioner by the Fire Department, the Department of Buildings, the Bureau of Gas and Electricity in the Department of General Services, and the Department of Ports and Trade when applicable; stating that the premises proposed to be licensed comply with all applicable laws and regulations.”
  • Replace the certificate requirement with a self-certification from the applicant that “the premises proposed to be licensed comply with all applicable laws and regulations” and that the applicant is in compliance with all relevant local, state and federal laws.
  • Eliminate references to the “Department of Ports and Trade” and “Certificates of Completion,” because they do not currently exist.
  • Eliminate the requirement that the “maximum motor vehicle capacity of each garage and parking lot” be taken from an approved Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Department of Buildings.”
  • Amend the rule as it relates to maximum motor vehicle capacity to provide that: (1) for applicants that will operate from previously licensed premises, DCA may use the maximum capacity from the previous license; and (2) for applicants that will operate from newly licensed premises, DCA shall require the applicant to provide documents to show the maximum motor vehicle capacity allowed by local, state or federal law, as applicable.


This amendment is being undertaken to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small business, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance.



Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:00am

Casey Adams,, 212-436-0095

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
42 Broadway 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004