Street Fair Moratorium

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, December 30, 2016
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

The Office of Citywide Events Coordination and Management (OCECM), Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) administers New York City’s permit system for street activities, block parties and fairs.

Each year SAPO issues permits to over 200 street fairs and over 5,000 other events, most of which  include the use of multiple blocks over several days, the erection of structures, the vending of food, apparel and other goods and the use of amplified sound and the performance of music.  Events like these require additional police officers which increases overtime costs to the City.  These events also divert police officers from core crime fighting, public safety and counter terrorism duties.

To more effectively deploy police resources and control overtime costs, the New York City Police Department has requested that SAPO exercise its discretion temporarily to deny permits for additional events scheduled for calendar year 2017.  The proposed rules will authorize SAPO to deny permits to these events only if the event was not held in the calendar year 2016. Events that received permits in calendar year 2016 will be eligible to receive permits again in calendar year 2017.

SAPO authority for these rules is found in section 1043 of the New York City Charter and Executive Order No. 105 of 2007.

Proposed Rule: