DCA's Legal Division issues legal interpretations to help businesses comply with New York City laws and rules enforced by the Department. Each interpretation addresses specific facts and circumstances. Different facts and situations could result in different interpretations. The table below includes written legal interpretations issued in response to specific inquiries but may provide some guidance for other businesses, attorneys, and the public. DCA is committed to providing businesses with clear and easily accessible information but cannot serve as an attorney for businesses.
- Links feature the subject of interpretations.
- The most recent interpretations appear first in lists. In some instances, the laws or rules may have changed from the time the legal interpretation was issued. You are responsible for knowing and complying with the most current laws, including any City Council amendments.
- The letters have been redacted to delete confidential information.
- If an existing interpretation does not address your question about how a law or rule applies to your specific situation, please submit a request for a legal interpretation by e-mail OR by mail to:
Department of Consumer Affairs
Attention: Legal Division
42 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004
DCA will not address questions or issues arising in lawsuits or as a result of an enforcement action unless directed to do so by a court. Use the contact information above to request a legal interpretation only.
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Quick Links to Legal Interpretations for:
Consumer Protection Law
DCA Licensing Law (e.g., Debt Collection, Employment Agency, Process Server)
Other Laws Enforced by DCA (e.g., Funeral Service Providers, Motroized Scooters, Tenant Screening Report Disclosure)