New York City is the premier venue and backdrop for special events,
cultural activities, marketing opportunities and film shoots. To ensure that the
City maximizes its ability to properly accommodate these uses, it's imperative
that City agencies coordinate their policies, procedures and permitting
operations that pertain to the management of events in public spaces.
On March 16, 2007, Mayor Bloomberg signed Executive Order No. 100, authorizing the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management (CECM) with oversight of all event permitting activity in New York City. CECM advises and assists the Mayor in the coordination of policies, plans, procedures, and operations common to the permitting, review, and coordination of street events and other permitted activities.
As part of its mission, CECM will gather and disseminate information about upcoming and ongoing public events, including gatherings in City parks, processions, parades, street fairs, block parties, commercial and promotional events, street events, and displays and filming of motion pictures and television. Our goal is to ensure informed decision-making by the various permitting agencies, as well as compliance by permit applicants. CECM also acts as an internal and external resource to the event community on overall event coordination, permitting, and management.
CECM works to enhance communication among various agencies involved in the issuance of permits. This ensures that affected agencies are provided with timely information for proper advance planning to avoid vehicular and pedestrian traffic disruptions, as well as excessive noise in surrounding neighborhoods.
In addition, the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) was merged into CECM by Executive Order No. 105 of 2007. As a result, the agency exercises all functions, powers, and duties pertaining to street activity permits.