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If your business needs a Public Assembly permit (required if your place of business holds 75 or more people), Certificate of Occupancy, or if you are planning to engage in renovations, call or visit the DOB office where your business is located. The Staten Island DOB's TTY number is 718-816-2315.
DCA enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws throughout New York City. Ensuring a fair and vibrant marketplace for consumers and businesses, DCA licenses moe than 71,000 businesses in 57 different industries. Through targeted outreach, partnerships with community and trade organizations, and informational materials, DCA educates consumers and businesses alike about their rights and responsibilities. DCA's Office of Financial Empowerment is the first municipal office of its kind in the nation with a mission to educate, empower and protect New Yorkers with low incomes. DCA's OFE administers to a citywide network of Financial Empowerment Centers and other products and services that help these New Yorkers make the best use of their financial resources to move forward economically. DCA's Licensing Center, which administers licensing and permits for the New York City Department of Health, is located at 42 Broadway, 5th floor. DCA's many online services include applying for and renewing licenses, paying fines, learning the laws and regulations, reviewing model contracts, guides and tips for businesses and consumers, FAQs and more. Visit DCA online at nyc.gov/consumers or call 311 to request a license application.
Food stores, restaurants, bakeries, food vendors, pet shops, bathing establishments, businesses with radiation equipment are among the many types of businesses that need licenses and / or permits from The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Applications and information are available at the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, Manhattan.
The Crime Prevention Section offers free security surveys for any business located in the five boroughs. The Section also offers free lectures on safety and security.
The Department of Labor Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions offices provide convenient "one-stop shopping" for employment-related needs. They offer many DOL programs in a single location
This office- serving the five boroughs - provides information on laws protecting employees, such as hours, wages, overtime, etc.. The Division office serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties is located at 400 Oak Street, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530. Their telephone number is 516-794-8195; fax is 516-794-1046. The Division office serving Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties is located at 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605. Their telephone number is 914-997-9521; fax is 914-997-8780.
You must obtain a NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority/Sales Tax ID Number if your business sells taxable goods or is engaged in resale. In most cases, this certificate must be posted in your place of business.
You must obtain a NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority/Sales Tax ID Number if your business sells taxable goods or is engaged in resale. In most cases, this certificate must be posted in your place of business. For other business-related tax questions, go to: http://nystax.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nystax.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid
The State Liquor Authority issues licenses for beer and alcohol sales.The Authority's main office is located at 80 S. Swan St., Suite 900, Albany, NY 12210. The Harlem office serves the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. License and permit forms are available at the Department's website. If you have questions concerning how to obtain a license or permit, please call (518) 474-3114 and select option 1 or send an email to: Licensing.Information@sla.ny.gov.
New York's Business Permit Assistance Unit provides individualized, comprehensive assistance in identifying and obtaining the business licenses New York requires for opening and expanding your business. The OPAL website provides a comprehensive database of New York State permit and license information. OPAL allows users to access information on approximately 1200 NYS business permits and identifies the NYS permit requirements for over 400 different business models/types. Users can apply online for 42 different permits, pay required fees by credit card, and view the status of their application online.