Amendment of Rules Regulating Commercial Laundries

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Friday, February 9, 2018

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


The City Council enacted Local Law 87 for the year 2016, adding subchapter 14.1 to chapter 2 of  title 20 of the Administrative Code (“Code”) and repealing subchapter 14, in relation to the Department’s regulation of laundries.  Subchapter 14.1 took effect on January 1, 2017 and Subchapter 14’s repeal will take effect on December 31, 2017.  Until December 31, 2017, both Subchapter 14.1 and Subchapter 14 will impose requirements on laundries. These proposed rules would clarify that:


  • “Any person” licensed pursuant to Subchapter 14 (i.e., “Laundry” or “Laundry Jobber”) must comply with section 2-131 of title 6 of the Rules of the City of New York (“Rule” or “Rules”) until December 31, 2017, when Rule 2-131 will also be repealed. 
  • Any “person” licensed pursuant to Subchapter 14.1 (i.e., “Retail Laundry,” “Industrial Laundry,” or “Industrial Laundry Delivery”) will have to comply with proposed Rule 2-132, Rule 2-134, Rule 2-135, and Rule 2-136.  These proposed rules clarify application requirements, describe insurance and other requirements, and establish penalties and make certain violation cures consistent with existing requirements. The proposed rules incorporate laundries’ obligation to post a price list; compliance with this rule will satisfy section 20-750(a) of the Administrative Code and Rule 5-70(a).
  • The proposed rules also prohibit a licensed Industrial Laundry from engaging in laundry delivery services until it has submitted to the Department information required by section 20-297.3(b)(11) and obtained an amended license authorizing it to engage in “industrial laundry delivery.” It will not have to pay an additional Biennial License Fee for the amended license. A licensee authorized to engage in “industrial laundry delivery” must comply with section 20-297.5 (General provisions) and section 20-297.6 (Additional provisions for industrial laundries and industrial laundry delivery) of the Code.


Additionally, working with the City’s rulemaking agencies, the Law Department, the Mayor’s Office of Operations, and the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget conducted a retrospective rules review of the City’s existing rules, identifying those rules that will be repealed or modified to reduce regulatory burdens, increase equity, support small business, and simplify and update content to help support public understanding and compliance.  The proposed repeal of subdivision (k) of Rule 2-131 is responsive to this review.


Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:00am

Casey Adams, 212-436-0095,

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