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NYC Dry Cleaning Regulations


See: regulations & permitting requirements for NYC dry cleaners leaving NYCWasteLess at NYC Dept of Environmental Protection

UPDATE: These Rules were amended in 2009 to prohibit new dry cleaning machines from operating in residential buildings. In addition, existing dry cleaning operations shall stop cleaning with PERC chemicals or move to non-residential buildings by 2020. The rules also set forth permitting and compliance requirements for existing and new dry cleaners operating in NYC.

Law: NYC Administrative Code leaving NYCWasteLess (Search in Title 24, Chapter 1: Air Pollution Control; Chapter 5: Drainage and Sewer Control; Chapter 6: Hazardous Substance Emergencies; Chapter 7: Community Right-To-Know Law)

Rules: Rules of the City of New York leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Title 15, Chapter 12: Perchloroethylene at Dry Cleaning Facilities)

Summary: Dry cleaning facilities and the use of PERC chemicals (such as perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene) are governed by multiple laws and rules administered by the NYC Dept of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) involving air and sewer use, hazardous substances, and chemical reporting and labeling. NYCDEP Dry Cleaning Rules detail mandated prohibitions, equipment and operating standards, and emergency spill response. NYCDEP Rules closely resemble the state dry cleaner regulations, and comply with federal dry cleaner requirements.

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