Street Fair Moratorium

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed 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 2018.  The proposed rules will authorize SAPO to deny permits to these events only if the event was not held in the calendar year 2017. Events that received permits in calendar year 2017 will be eligible to receive permits again in calendar year 2018.


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


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Public Hearing

Street Activities Permit Office - Proposed Street Fair Moratorium Rule

Public Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 10:00am

Dawn Tolson; (212) 788-1440

125 Worth Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10007