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Archived Law and Rule Changes

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2013 Law and Rule Changes

Rule to Change Price Signage Requirements for Businesses Selling Petroleum Products Took Effect on November 12

Rule to Combine Complaint Sign and License into One Document for Display Took Effect on October 9

Law Increasing the Maximum Price of Items Sold at Newsstands Took Effect on October 7 

Law to Revoke Amusement Arcade or Gaming Café License for Offering Cash Prizes or Engaging in Other Illegal Gambling Activity Took Effect on October 4

Law Reducing the Maximum Fine Amount for Violations of Vending Regulations and Defining Unrelated Violations of Vending Rules and Regulations as Separate Offenses Took Effect on September 5 

Law Permitting Sidewalk Cafés to Operate Starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays Took Effect on July 28 

Law Prohibiting Vending Against or Within Taxi Stands Took Effect on July 16 

Rule to Change Signage and Timing Device Requirements for Pedicabs Took Effect on July 12
    *Per Rule, download templates  

Law Establishing Limits on the Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Carpets and Carpet Cushion Took Effect on July 1    
     *Per Law, download required notice and read fact sheet on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) & Carpeting

Law Prohibiting Vending in Front of Building Entrances and Exits Took Effect on June 16 

Law Prohibiting Vending on the Sidewalk Abutting No Standing Zones Adjacent to Hospitals Took Effect on June 16 

Rule to Change the Expiration Dates for Home Improvement Contractor and Salesperson Licenses Took Effect on April 15 

Law Amending the Requirements for Pedicab Fares and Receipts Took Effect on April 13 

Law Requiring Outreach and Education to Home Improvement Contractors and the Public and Inspection of House Raising Sites Took Effect on April 2 

2012 Law and Rule Changes

Amendments to Rules Regarding Recordkeeping Requirements for Tow Truck Companies Took Effect August 2
    *Per Rule, download DARP and ROTOW Record Keeping Templates 

Rule Establishing Procedure for Issuing New Pedicab Registration Plates When Total Falls Below 840 Took Effect July 9

Rule Establishing $50 Fee for Home Improvement Contractor Examination Took Effect June 11

Rule Allowing DCA to Invade the Home Improvement Contractor Trust Fund to Collect Fines Took Effect June 11

Rule Establishing $300 Biennial Fee for Participation in the Directed Accident Response Program (DARP) Took Effect May 10

Rule Establishing $50 Inspection Fee for All Non-exempt Tow Trucks Took Effect April 27

Law Updating Bicycle Parking Space Requirements in Garages and Parking Lots Took Effect April 25

Rule Regarding Towing and Storage Rates for Motor Vehicles Took Effect April 9

2011 Law and Rule Changes

Law strengthening ban on expired over-the-counter medication sales  
Effective Date: November 28, 2011  
Law regarding new tow penalties and rates  
Effective Date: November 8, 2011  
Rule regarding the licensing of process servers  
Effective Date: September 12, 2011 
    *Per Rule, download software company list  

Rule regarding the licensing of process servers
Effective Date: August 31, 2011  
Pedicab Laws
Law requiring pedicabs to be subject to parking rules
Law to seize pedicabs and suspend and/or revoke pedicab registration plates and drivers’ licenses for certain violations
Law on the permitted number of pedicab registration plates
Effective Date: May 16, 2011  

Rule regarding horse drawn cabs and drivers   
Effective Date: April 4, 2011  

Rule regarding the licensing of process servers  
Effective Date: March 21, 2011
    *Per Rule, download Process Servers: Record Keeping Template

2010 Law and Rule Changes

Rule requiring retailers to post signs stating it’s illegal to sell or give laser pointers to minors 
Effective Date: November 19, 2010  

Law enhancing the regulation of process servers 
Effective Date: October 11, 2010  
Rule requiring posting of signs about tenant screening reports 
Effective Date: September 18, 2010 
    *Per Rule, download sign template (Notice about Tenant Screening Reports)    

Local Law to amend the New York City charter, in relation to requiring the mayor's office of operations to develop and disseminate a business owner's bill of rights
Effective Date: August 30, 2010

Rule restricting the sale of certain flavored tobacco products (provided by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Effective Date: August 27, 2010

Law regarding the disclosure of tenant screening reports
Effective Date: June 30, 2010  
Law requiring open-air sightseeing buses be equipped with headphone-limited sound reproduction systems 
Effective Date: June 18, 2010  
Law requiring pharmacies to provide language assistance to customers
Effective Date: May 31, 2010

Rule requiring language assistance signs at pharmacies 
Effective Date: May 27, 2010  
Rule regarding the sale of etching acids, includes photo ID, records, and signage requirements   
Effective Date: May 25, 2010  
Law amending the regulation of horse drawn cabs and repealing section 17-333 of the administrative code
Effective Date: April 27, 2010

Rule governing debt collection practices
Effective Date: April 24, 2010

Law increasing the number of amusement devices that can be located on premises without an amusement arcade license
Effective Date: March 28, 2010

Law regarding the regulation of tobacco products  
Effective Date: February 25, 2010

Law requiring disclosures of consumer rights under State law by distressed property consultants
Effective Date: February 15, 2010

Law raising penalties associated with the sale of toy guns
Effective Date: January 27, 2010

Rule addressing the operation of pedicabs within City Parks (provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation)
Effective Date: January 21, 2010 

Rule amendments to parking lots and garages to implement bicycle parking law
Effective Date: January 14, 2010

Law regarding security grilles used to secure commercial premises 
Effective Date: January 1, 2010
    *Download Roll-down Security Gates: Visibility Standards (provided by the Department of Buildings)

2009 Law and Rule Changes

Rule banning the unauthorized use of badges and other insignias
Effective Date: November 19, 2009

Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to bicycle parking in garage and parking lots
Effective Date: November 11, 2009 

Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring registration for the purchase and possession of etching acid
Effective Date: September 23, 2009

Rule amendments relating to pedicab businesses and pedicab operators
Effective Date: September 22, 2009

Law regarding the licensing of pedicabs
Effective Date: August 13, 2009

Rule regarding insurance certificates to be submitted by applicants for garage and/or parking lot licenses
Effective Date: July 18, 2009

Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to buyers of consumer debt
Effective Date: July 16, 2009

Rule regarding newspapers in which auctioneers can advertise their auctions
Effective Date: May 24, 2009

Local Law in relation to the creation of a Bed Bug Advisory Board
Effective Date: March 18, 2009

Technical amendment to Rule regarding disclosures required for repairs made on the premises of a licensed appliance service dealer
Effective Date: January 16, 2009

Repealed Rule for commercial refuse removal
Effective Date: January 16, 2009

2008 Law and Rule Changes

Law prohibiting businesses from keeping doors open while air conditioners or central cooling systems are in use
Effective Date: December 2, 2008

Rule requiring posting of complaint sign by immigration assistance service providers
Effective Date: November 28, 2008 
    *Per Rule, download NYC sign requirements for immigration assistance service providers 

Law establishing a recycling program for plastic carryout bags and film plastic
Effective Date: July 23, 2008

Repealed Rule relating to motion picture exhibitions
Effective Date: July 16, 2008

Law in relation to the collection for recycling, reuse, and safe handling of electronic equipment in the City of New York
Effective Date: April 1, 2008

Repealed and adopted rule governing newsstands
Effective Date: March 30, 2008