Use Instant License Check to see if a business has a DCA license. Please note:
- Instant License Check is updated daily.
- In some cases, DCA gives businesses or individuals temporary permission to operate. These businesses or individuals will not appear in Instant License Check. See below for Department contact information.
- Some legally operating sidewalk cafés and newsstands may not appear in Instant License Check during the license review process which includes public hearings and other City approvals.
- Sightseeing guides, temporary amusement devices, and temporary street fair vendors are not included in Instant License Check currently. You can download lists of licensed sightseeing guides and temporary amusement devices in PDF.
Call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) during business hours and ask to be transferred to DCA to learn more about a business’s license status or to check a business’s complaint history.
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