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A rule is a standard or requirement set by a City agency which affects members of the public. To create or amend rules, City agencies must follow the process required in the City Administrative Procedure Act, or CAPA.

The rule making process generally takes a minimum of 60 days.  The public is permitted to comment on proposed rules to influence how they are finally drafted.

Examples of rules include:

  • Department of Transportation traffic regulations.
  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene rules about food service establishments.
  • Department of Sanitation rules about garbage and recycling.

Complete agency rules can be found at the American Legal Publishing (ALP) website.  ALP is the City’s current vendor for publication of final rules. ALP also includes updated versions of the New York City Charter and the New York City Administrative Code.

View proposed rules