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License Application Checklist

COMMERCIAL LESSOR (091)

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). 


LICENSE DESCRIPTION:
A business must have a Commercial Lessor license if it owns or leases its premises for authorized organization(s) to conduct charitable gaming activities such as bingo games and games of chance. 

This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Commercial Lessor 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 for download: Bingo Licensing Law and Games of Chance Law

Visit http://www.gaming.ny.gov/charitablegaming/ for New York State Statutes and Rules related to Commercial Lessors

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 

Before You File Your DCA License Application:
You must obtain the following required documents before filing your application.

  • Applicable Business Certificates based on your Business's Legal Structure 
    Although DCA does not require submission of these documents in order to process your application, DCA reserves the right to request and examine the documents under section 20.104 of the New York City Administrative Code. 
    • 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:

  • New York State Gaming Commission Application Materials
    Submit two signed, completed copies of the New York State Racing & Wagering Board application materials, available for download at http://www.gaming.ny.gov/charitablegaming/    
          To allow Bingo games, submit: 
  • BC-101 Application for Commercial Lessor’s License
  • BC-102 Bingo Rental Statement
  • BC-102A Bingo Rental Statement Schedule A. On this form you will provide information about your premises, income, and expenses. You must also submit income and expense documentation for the time period listed on the Schedule.
  • BC-116 LEASE Agreement - Use of Premise for Bingo
  • BC-204 Commercial Lessor’s Monthly Rental Statement
  • Form 103 Schedule D - Individual Statement. Each person with 10% or more proprietary, equitable, or credit interest in the business (e.g., guard, manager, bookkeeper, stockholder, etc.) must complete this form. Individuals must attach a color photo to form.
  • Form 104 Schedule B - Individual, Partner, Association, etc. Statement. All business entities except for corporations must complete this form. Attach a copy of your entity agreement and financial statements.
  • Form 105 Schedule C - Corporation Statement. You must complete this form if your business is a corporation. Attach a copy of your most recent tax return, entity agreement, and financial statements.  
  • Form 108 Schedule E - List of Employees, Agents or Representatives
          To allow Games of Chance, submit: 
  • GC-101 Application for Games of Chance Lessor's License 
  • GC-102 Games of Chance Rental Statement. On this form you will provide information about your premises, income, and expenses. You must also submit income and expense documentation for the time period listed on the Schedule. 
  • Form 103 Schedule D - Individual Statement. Each person with 10% or more proprietary, equitable, or credit interest in the business (e.g., guard, manager, bookkeeper, stockholder, etc.) must complete this form. Individuals must attach a color photo to form.
  • Form 104 Schedule B - Individual, Partner, Association, etc. Statement. All business entities except for corporations must complete this form. Attach a copy of your entity agreement and financial statements.  
  • Form 105 Schedule C - Corporation Statement. You must complete this form if your business is a corporation. Attach a copy of your most recent tax return, entity agreement, and financial statements.
  • Form 108 Schedule E - List of Employees, Agents or Representatives  
  • 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. 
     
  • Department of Buildings Documents
    You must submit a copy of the Certificate of Occupancy, Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (expiring no less than 30 days from date of application submission), OR Letter of No Objection from the Department of Buildings (DOB) confirming that your premises is suitable to operate your business. If you submit a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, it must be the most current version and show approval of the premises for “Use Group 6” and “Bingo,” “Bingo Hall,” “Meeting Hall,” or “Meeting Room.”

    In addition, if the premises will be able to accommodate 75 or more persons, you must submit a copy of your Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation issued by DOB. The certificate must be the most current version and show approval of the premises for “Use Group 6” and “Bingo,” “Bingo Hall,” “Meeting Hall,” or “Meeting Room.” For more information, visit DOB’s Web site at www.nyc.gov/buildings  
     
  • Premises Approval by the Fire Department 
    You must receive premises approval from the Fire Department (FDNY) in order to obtain a Commercial Lessor license. Complete the Application to Request an Inspection/Recommendation (download) and DCA will forward your request to FDNY. FDNY will notify DCA of your inspection results. Please note that if you fail the inspection, it is your responsibility to correct problems. 
     
  • Fingerprints and Processing Fee
    All sole proprietors, general partners, directors, corporate officers, and all shareholders owning 10% or more of company stock must be fingerprinted at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licensing Center. EXCEPTIONS: Any person who currently has fingerprints on file with DCA does not need to be fingerprinted. DCA has fingerprints on file for anyone who provided fingerprints within the last three years and for those who provided fingerprints for an active DCA license. Each person who must be fingerprinted must visit the DCA Licensing Center, located at 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, in lower Manhattan, with photo identification (ID) and pay a $75 processing fee by check or money order, payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
    • license or permit issued by a government agency
    • passport
    • alien card/green card
    • a City, State, or Federal employee ID card

Your fingerprints will be checked for any criminal record that you may have. Note that a conviction will not necessarily prevent you from being granted a license. However, failure to reveal a conviction can constitute grounds for the denial of your application. 

  • License Fee
    Must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted at the DCA Licensing Center include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.49% convenience fee. Checks or money orders must be payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. The charts below list the amount due depending upon your expected rental income for the upcoming year. 

    Please note that a 2.49% convenience fee applies if you submit your license application online. A major credit card is required to submit applications online.

COMMERCIAL LESSOR LICENSE - BINGO

License Term License Expiration Date                Expected Rental Income for the Upcoming Year:

Your License Fee is:

1 year December 31 $50,000 to $100,000

$2,510

 

More than $100,000

$5,010



COMMERCIAL LESSOR LICENSE - GAMES OF CHANCE

License Term License Expiration Date                Expected Rental Income for the Upcoming Year:

Your License Fee is:

1 year December 31 $50,000 to $100,000

$2,550

 

More than $100,000

$5,050

APPLICATION FILING PROCESS: 

ONLINE SUBMISSION:

  1. Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
  2. If you haven’t registered an account with the City of New York, you will need to register an account before you can proceed to the online application.
  3. After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
  4. Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the DCA Business Toolbox to read requirements and proceed to the online application.

IN-PERSON SUBMISSION:
You can file applications in person at the DCA Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, 5th floor, in Manhattan between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After You File Your DCA License Application:
After you submit your license application, DCA will contact you to attend a public hearing to review your license application. If you fail to attend the public hearing, your application will be denied.


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