The Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO) issues permits for street fairs, festivals, block parties, farmers’ markets, commercial/promotional and other events on the City's streets and sidewalks. SAPO accepts online permit applications from the public available at E-Apply.
If you are unable to apply online, applications will be accepted and can be obtained at the SAPO office located at 253 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10007 during normal business hours of Monday thru Friday 9 AM – 5 PM.
Events the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office permits include:
Block Parties: A community sponsored event requiring the closure of a single block of a street, or a portion thereof, for a single day in which no sales of goods or services occurs. Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to event date.
Clean-ups: An event that is held for the purpose of neighborhood improvement by a not-for-profit organization, Community Sponsor or an individual with an indigenous relationship with the proposed event location. No sales of goods or services to the general public shall occur at a Clean-up. Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to event date.
Farmers’ Markets: An open-air market held on a sidewalk for the sale to the general public of products grown, raised, caught or baked by local farmers and fishers. An Applicant for a farmer's market shall be a not-for-profit corporation with federal tax exempt status. Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to event date.
Mobile Units: A Mobile Unit is the staging of a vehicle(s) for religious purposes while serving a benefit to the community. Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to event date.
Religious Events: An act of public worship on streets or sidewalks while serving a benefit to the community. Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to event date.
Single Block Festivals: A Single Block Festival is a street activity requiring a single block street closure and contains vendors. The Sponsor shall be a community-based, not-for-profit organization, association, or the like, which has an indigenous relationship to the specific street, community or both. Applications must be submitted December 31 of the year proceeding the year of the event.
Special Events: A Special Event shall mean street activities that promote, advertise or introduce a product, corporation, company or other commercial entity or the goods or services of a corporation, company, or other commercial entity to either the general public or to a portion of the general public. Applications are due 14 days prior to event date.
Street Festival/Fairs: A community sponsored event requiring a street closure of one block or more in which the general public can purchase goods or services provided by vendors and vendors may pay a fee to participate. Applications must be submitted December 31 of the year proceeding the year of the event.
How to Apply for a Permit
- To apply for a SAPO permit online, please visit E-Apply.
- Create an account and complete the registration enrollment form.
- Choose the type of event you would like to apply for.
- Fill out the entire questionnaire with as much detail as possible (attach documents if necessary), and pay a non-refundable processing fee ($25.75) by credit card.
- Once the processing fee is paid, the application is transmitted directly to SAPO (and the appropriate community board when applicable).
- To obtain a hard copy of the SAPO application, please visit the SAPO office located at 253 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10007 for a copy of the application.
- Fill out the entire application with as much detail as possible (provide necessary supplemental documentation).
- All manual applications require a $25 non-refundable processing fee of either a money order or a certified check (made payable to the City of New York – Department of Finance).
SAPO Process Once an Application is Received
- SAPO will begin the review process and may reach out to the applicant if information is incomplete, or needs to discuss the event further.
- SAPO will determine if there are any necessary support permits required. The applicant must obtain these in order to receive their SAPO permit. An applicant report will be generated with a description and contact information for each necessary support permit. (ie: NYPD sound permit, FDNY generator permit, DOB structure permit, DOT oversized dimensional permit, etc.)
- SAPO may require additional information about the proposed event or information about the Applicant.
- After initial review, SAPO will contact all pertinent City agencies for their recommendations.
- Upon feedback from city agencies, SAPO may require the applicant to modify the event, change the event date or locations, or deny the event.
- Special event applicants will receive an invoice for the fee assess for the event.
- When all necessary information is received and the event is approved, the applicant will be issued a permit approximately 2 weeks prior to the event date (except for special events).
Appeal process for denial
- An Applicant shall have five (5) business days from receipt of the notification of a denial, or an approval with conditions, or a denial of a waiver of the insurance requirement by the Director of SAPO to file a written appeal with the Executive Director of CECM.
- Please note that all street events, including block parties and street fairs, are required to recycle. Non-compliance with recycling regulations is punishable by fines starting at $25 and increasing to $500 for repeat violations.
- All components of an event are subject to approval by SAPO and may require approval by and/or permits from other city agencies. SAPO approval does not constitute permission from other agencies. It is the responsibility of the applicant/sponsor to secure all necessary City of New York permits and provide documentation to the street activity permit office prior to permit issuance.
- SAPO requires a minimum of $1M certificate of liability insurance with the City of New York listed as an additional insured for all events, excluding block parties without rides. The City of New York should be listed as follows: Street Activity Permit Office, 253 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10007. This document may be uploaded electronically within the permit application.
- As per Section 1-05 (d) of Chapter 1 of Title 50 of the Rules of the City of New York, "the Director shall deny applications for street activity permits for street fairs not held in the calendar year preceding the effective date of this amendment to these rules"
- A processing fee must be paid for both online and manual submission.
- All payments and assessment fees must be received prior to issuance of a permit