New York City summer street fairs could be a big money opportunity for your company. Find out how to get your street fair vendor license and sign up to participate in street fairs in New York City.
How to Register to Sell at a New York Street Fair
To sell your products or services at New York street fairs, the first step is to register with a street fair's producer or sponsor to become a vendor. Before the event, you will also need to get a street fair vendor permit through the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
How to Contact Specific Street Fair Sponsors
To get a current list of New York street fairs and festivals registered with the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office, contact the DCA Licensing Center at:
DCA Licensing Center
42 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
For more information, call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside of New York City)
How Much It Costs to Become a Street Fair Vendor
Different street fair producers have different options for participating vendors. Three companies produce the majority of New York City summer street fairs:
- Clearview Festival Productions: Clearview is producing more than 100 street fairs and festivals in the five boroughs in 2019. Fees vary based on the festival, the type of vendor, and when you register (discounts for early registration). Fees for arts and craft vendors range from $55-$650 per festival, fees for food vendors range from $195-$650 per street fair, and fees for merchandise (non-food) vendors range from $55-$650. For more information, register online as a Clearview vendor or call 646-230-0489.
- Mardi Gras Festival Productions: Mardi Gras will produce approximately 85 street fairs and festivals in 2019, most of them in Manhattan. To get current fee information, you must register as a Mardi Gras member and pay a $45 annual fee. Learn more about working with Mardi Gras Festival Productions online or call 212-809-4900.
- Mort & Ray Productions: Mort & Ray will produce approximately 12 street fairs and festivals in New York City in 2019, primarily on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Fees vary based on the festival, the type of vendor, and when you register (discounts for early registration). Fees for food vendors range from $275-$475 per street fair and fees for non-food vendors range from $125-$185 per street fair. For more information, register online as a Mort & Ray vendor ($45 fee) or call 212-764-6330.
Find out how to get your New York street fair vendor license
Could New York City summer street fairs be a big money opportunity for your company? Find out how to get your street fair vendor license and sign up to participate in street fairs in New York City.
Do You Need A Street Fair Vendor License?
In New York City, you must have a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit in order to sell merchandise or offer a service from a booth or stand at an authorized Street Fair (e.g., street fair, block party, or festival).
Keep in mind that authorized street fairs are those that have been authorized by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office and you can not use your permit to sell at events other than authorized street fairs.
Before filing your street vendor permit application, you will also have to register with the street fair's producer or sponsoring organization.
What Will You Need for Your New York Street Fair Vendor Permit Application?
You will need the following items:
- Photo Identification (ID) of Permit Applicant
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license or a non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
- License or permit issued by a government agency
- Alien card/green card
- A City, State, or Federal employee ID card
- Current color passport-size photograph of Permit Applicant
EXCEPTION: Applicants who have held a Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit within the past two (2) years do not need to submit a photograph. Permit Applicants can be photographed in the DCA Licensing Center at no cost. You may upload an image file if you submit your permit application online (see below for filing instructions).
- Granting Authority to Act Affirmation
If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation.
- Sales Tax Identification Number
This is the 9, 10, or 11-digit number on your New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Certificate of Authority. You must enter this number on the Temporary Street Fair Vendor Permit application. To obtain an application for a Certificate of Authority, visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance online at www.nystax.gov or call toll-free (800) 698-2909. Allow four to six weeks after applying to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to receive your Certificate of Authority.
- Child Support Certification Form
You must download and complete the Child Support Certification Form to state that you are not ducking an obligation to pay child support.
- Permit Fee of $10 for each month
For in-person application submissions, the Permit Fee must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Checks or money orders must be payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
How Do I Submit My New York Street Fair Vendor Permit Application?
You can apply for your Temporary Street Vendor Permit through the Department of Consumer Affairs online or in person.
Online Application Process
You can apply online through New York City Business Express. As stated above, you will have to submit a photograph and can upload the image as part of the online application process or submit it via email or in person at the DCA Licensing Center within five days of your online application.
In-Person Application Process
Applications may be filed in person or by mail at the DCA Licensing Center (42 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Have you ever thought about organizing a New York street fair or festival to benefit your cause or organization? Any group can organize a street event, but you'll need a permit from New York City.
The Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) issues permits for street fairs, festivals, block parties, green markets, commercial/promotional and other events on the City's streets and sidewalks.
Permit fees range from $220 to $38,500 depending on the size and location of the event.
Event applications may be submitted online, mail or hand delivered to CECM – Street Activity Permit Office, 100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038.
Learn more about the permit requirements for different types of street events.
Register and apply online for a street activity permit.
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