PORTABLE AMUSEMENT DEVICE (018)
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).
A business must have a Portable Amusement Device license to operate a truck-mounted and/or inflatable amusement device that is designed to be operated on the vehicle that transports it. Note: A license is required for each device.
This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Portable Amusement Device license.
Note: New York City businesses must comply with all relevant federal, state, and City laws and rules. All laws and rules of the City of New York, including the Consumer Protection Law and Rules, are accessible using the Public Access Portal. For convenience, sections of the New York City Licensing Law (and Rules, if enacted) are available as a downloadable handout.
Please note that businesses are responsible for knowing and complying with the most current laws, including any City Council amendments. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is not responsible for errors or omissions in the handout. The information is not legal advice. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer.
ADDITIONAL CITY PERMIT YOU NEED:
- You must obtain appropriate approvals from the Department of Buildings to build permanent amusement devices on your premises before you can apply for a Permanent Amusement Device license. For more information about construction and land use permits, visit www.nyc.gov/buildings
Before You File Your DCA License Application
You must obtain the following required documents before filing your application. Although DCA does not require submission of these documents in order to process your application in person or online, DCA reserves the right to request and examine the documents under section 20.104 of the New York City Administrative Code.
- Applicable Business Certificates based on your Business's Legal Structure
Sole Proprietorships operating under a name other than your own must file a Business/Assumed Name Certificate with the clerk of the county in which your business is conducted.
Sole Proprietorships doing business under your own name—and not under a trade or Doing-Business-As (DBA) name—do not need a Business Certificate.
General/Business Partnerships must file your Partnership Certificate with the clerk of the county in which your business is conducted.
Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, or Limited Liability Partnerships must register and remain active with the New York State Department of State. Active status will be verified by DCA prior to license issuance. You can confirm the status of your business entity at NYS Web site. If applicable, you must also file an Assumed Name Certificate for your business.
Businesses incorporated out of state must obtain a Certificate of Doing Business in Good Standing from your home state’s Secretary of State and file this with an application for Authority to Conduct Business in New York with the New York State Secretary of State.
When You File Your DCA License Application:
Below are requirements when filing your license application:
- Basic License Application
Applying for the license online does not mean the license is automatically approved. A major credit card is required to submit applications online. Convenience fees apply. After reviewing application requirements, please click the Apply Online link at the bottom of this Web page to submit your application online.
For in-person application submission, applicants can download and complete the Basic License Application Form (in PDF).
To learn whether you can claim exemption from holding workers’ compensation insurance, visit NYS Workers’ Compensation Board at www.wcb.ny.gov
Please note: You must provide DCA with proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance should your business cease to qualify for Workers’ Compensation Exemption.
- Liability Insurance for Amusement Devices
You must submit a copy of the Insurance Certificate for your amusement device. Your Insurance Certificate must name the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) as the certificate holder. Minimum amount of coverage is $1,000,000.
Note: You must notify DCA within 14 days if your insurance policy is cancelled, expired, or was terminated for any reason. Notification must be in writing and submitted in person OR by mail to:
Attn: Licensing Center
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
42 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
- Inflatable Amusement Device Affirmation (download)
If you will operate an inflatable amusement device, please complete the affirmation.
- Child Support Certification Form (download)
If your business is a SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP or GENERAL or LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, the proprietor or each individual general partner must submit a Child Support Certification Form.
- Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation.
- License Fee
For in-person application submissions, the License 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. The chart below lists the amount due depending upon when your license application is filed.
Please note that convenience fees apply if you submit your license application online. A major credit card is required to submit applications online.
PORTABLE AMUSEMENT DEVICE LICENSE
|License Term||License Expiration Date||If You File Your Application Between These Dates:||Your License Fee is:|
|From March 16 to September 15||$50|
| ||From September 16 to March 15||$25|
*Note: If you are applying for the license between September 16 and March 15, you can pay the prorated fee for the license period about to end ($25 per device) PLUS the fee for the new license period ($50 per device), for a total of $75 per device. If you pay both fees, you will not need to renew the license until March 15 of the next year.
Online Applicants: If you submit your license application online between September 16 and March 15, you will be required to pay the combined fee totaling $75 per device. You will not need to renew the license until March 15 of the next year.
APPLICATION FILING PROCESS:
Please make sure that you have reviewed and recorded the information required to submit a license application online before clicking the button below. Note: As outlined in the “When You File” section, applicants must submit the following supporting documents: Inspection Approval by the Department of Buildings; New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Registrations; Workers’ Compensation Insurance Information; Liability Insurance Certificate; Inflatable Amusement Device Affirmation (if applicable); Child Support Certification Form (if applicable); and Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable). You must fax, e-mail, or bring documents to the DCA Licensing Center within five (5) business days after successfully filing the application form online. Applicants should follow instructions on the printed confirmation page. Your license application will not be complete without these requirements.
You will be routed to NYC Business Express.
Applications may be filed in person at the DCA Licensing Center at the address above 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.
After You File Your DCA License Application:
Below is information you need to know after submitting your license application:
- Amusement Device Notification of Accident Report.
You must submit a written Accident Report (download) of every accident relating to an amusement device within 24 hours after the occurrence. If the accident results in death or a person sustaining an injury that requires medical treatment, you must notify both the Department of Consumer Affairs and Department of Buildings immediately via phone, fax, and/or e-mail as provided on the Accident Report.
- Weekly Update of Inflatable Amusement Device Operation (download)
You must provide a weekly update of the time and locations where you plan to operate the inflatable amusement device. DCA contact information is on the form.