Financial Hardship Waivers for Trade Waste Licensees and Registrants

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Under section 2101 of the New York City Charter, the Business Integrity Commission is authorized to regulate the trade waste industry and, among other things, ensure that businesses are able to operate in an honest and competitive environment, free from the influences of organized crime and criminality. Among other things, Local Law 145 of 2013 gave the Commission the authority to refuse to issue a license or registration to an applicant that has failed to demonstrate that it will meet requirements designed to reduce the emission of pollutants from trade waste vehicles.

Local Law 145 of 2013, which added § 24-163.11 of the Administrative Code, requires that every heavy duty trade waste hauling vehicle that is owned or operated by an entity required to be licensed or registered by the Commission and operating in New York City be equipped with either (1) an EPA certified 2007 (or later) engine or (2) utilize “Best Available Retrofit Technology,” as defined by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection before January 1, 2020. Under § 24-163.11(c) of the Administrative Code, the chairperson of the Commission may issue a waiver of this requirement if the chairperson of the Commission finds that the applicant for such waiver has demonstrated that compliance with such requirements would cause undue financial hardship on the applicant. Under § 24-163.11(d)(5) of the Administrative Code, the Commission may set by rule the criteria for the issuance of financial hardship waivers in connection with this engine requirement.

The proposed rule change provides the process for licensees and registrants to apply to the Commission’s chairperson for a temporary waiver of the above engine requirements based on an undue financial hardship.

BIC’s authority for these rules is found in sections 1043(a) and 2101(b) of the New York City Charter.

Public Hearing


Public Hearing Date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Sal Arrona (212) 437-0523 or e-mail at

New York City Business Integrity Commission Office
100 Church Street 20th Floor, Conference Room 1
New York, NY 10007