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Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Proposed Rules Content: 


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Section 20-453 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the New York City Administrative Code provides that it “shall be unlawful for any individual to act as a general vendor without having first obtained a license.”  A number of individuals licensed as general vendors by the Department of Consumer Affairs have physical or mental disabilities that render them unable to operate their businesses without the assistance of a helper.  Many of these licensees are veterans.

The proposed rule clarifies that Section 20-453’s license requirement will not apply to helpers used by licensed general vendors with disabilities that impair their ability to operate a general vending business as long as the licensee obtains authorization from the Department to use a helper and adheres to requirements with regard to the use of helpers.  

The rule would:

·         define the types of disabilities that would make general vendors eligible to use helpers;

·         establish procedures for requesting authorization to use helpers;

·         provide for a special designation on the general vendor’s license indicating that he or she is authorized to use helpers;

·         provide for certain restrictions on the activities of helpers;

·         require the general vendor to be present at all times;

·         require the general vendor to maintain records regarding the use of his or her helpers;

·         make the general vendor responsible for ensuring that helpers comply with all applicable laws and regulations; and

·         establish procedures for the revocation of authorization in the event the general vendor or his or her helpers fail to comply with applicable law.


General Vendor Helper Rule

DCA Hearing Room
42 Broadway 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Steven Ettannani, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, 42 Broadway, New York, NY 10004

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