New Laws & Rules

New laws and rules that DCWP enforces are listed below. For other City agency law and rule changes, visit Laws of the City of New York (Public Access Portal), New York City Council Legislation website, and NYC Rules.

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New Rule Petitions

If you would like to propose a new rule to DCWP, you can submit a typewritten petition. The petition should include:

  • the proposed rule and all suggested language of the Rule that you would like DCWP to consider;
  • your argument in support of the Rule;
  • the proposed effective date and, if applicable, the end date of the Rule;
  • you or your authorized representative’s name, telephone number, mailing address, and email address; and
  • your or your authorized representative’s signature.

Ways to Submit
Email:
RulemakingPetitions@dcwp.nyc.gov

Mail or In-Person:
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Deputy General Counsel
42 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10004

New Laws: 2023

Disclosure of total ticket costs in advertisements
Law Effective Date:
November 8, 2023
This bill would require the operator of a place of entertainment; an agent, licensee or other ticket reseller of such operator; or a platform that facilitates the sale or resale of tickets to disclose the full price of a ticket whenever they display a ticket price on advertisements. The advertised price would be required to include fees such as taxes and service fees to increase transparency. By requiring early disclosure, this bill would allow consumers to make more informed decisions before beginning a transaction. Those who violate this bill would be subject to civil penalties from zero dollars for the first violation up to $500. Read Local Law 55 of 2023.

Providing food delivery workers with information on safety measures that mitigate the fire risks posed by powered mobility devices
Law Effective Date: September 16, 2023
This bill would require that the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, in consultation with the Fire Department, establish materials that provide guidance on safe use and storage of powered mobility devices. These materials would include guidance on how to identify safe e-bikes and other electric mobility devices, as well as best practices for maintenance, storage, and charging. The bill would also cover restaurants that directly employ delivery workers. Read Local Law 41 of 2023.

Sale, lease, and rental of powered bicycles, powered mobility devices and storage batteries
Law Effective Date: September 16, 2023
This bill would prohibit the sale, lease, or rental of powered mobility devices, such as e-bikes and electric scooters, and storage batteries for these devices, that fail to meet recognized safety standards. The first violation of this law would be met with a warning, but subsequent violations would carry civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violating device. Read Local Law 39 of 2023.

Allowing charitable organizations to conduct games of chance at professional sporting venues, and to repeal subdivision 8 of section 20-435 of such code, which defines the term “Prize.”
Law Effective Date: May 25, 2023
This bill would allow sports venues throughout New York City to conduct raffles for charitable purposes during professional or collegiate sporting competitions by providing certain exemptions regarding advertising, the value of prizes, the sale of alcohol on the premises, the cost of admission to the premises, the number of raffles that may occur within one calendar year, and the length of a license period. Raffles may be conducted from two hours before the beginning of play until the end of play. Read Local Law 60 of 2023.
Read press release, Mayor Adams Signs Legislation Allowing Games of Chance at Sporting Venues.

Prohibiting the sale of lithium-ion batteries assembled or reconditioned using cells removed from used batteries
Law Effective Date:
March 20, 2023
This bill would prohibit (i) the assembly or reconditioning of a lithium-ion battery using cells removed from used storage batteries; and (ii) the sale of a lithium-ion battery that uses cells removed from used storage batteries. A person who violated the proposed local law would be subject to a civil penalty. The Fire Department would be required to engage in an outreach campaign to stores that repair powered mobility devices to inform such stores of the conduct prohibited by this law. Read Local Law 42 of 2023.

Automated employment decision tools (AEDT).
Law Effective Date: January 1, 2023
This bill would require that a bias audit be conducted on an automated employment decision tool prior to the use of said tool. The bill would also require that candidates or employees that reside in the city be notified about the use of such tools in the assessment or evaluation for hire or promotion, as well as, be notified about the job qualifications and characteristics that will be used by the automated employment decision tool. Violations of the provisions of the bill would be subject to a civil penalty. Read Local Law 144 of 2021.
Note: DCWP will begin enforcement of this law and rule on July 5, 2023.
Learn more about AEDT.

New Laws: 2022

Sale of electric space heaters.
Law Effective Date: September 29, 2022
This bill would prohibit the sale of electric space heaters without certain safety features; specifically, requiring all such devices for sale to be equipped with a thermostat, an automatic function that disables the device upon tip-over or overheating, and be certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Read Local Law 64 of 2022.

Licensing of construction labor providers.
Law Effective Date: June 9, 2022
This bill would require certain businesses that supply their employees to clients for the performance of construction work or manual labor on the client’s construction site, in exchange for compensation, to be licensed. The term “construction” in this bill explicitly excludes handyman work. Applying for a license would require certain signed statements and select information on business operations, and each covered business would have to supply their workers with a series of notices: on their rights as workers covered by this bill; training and certifications the employees would need to perform their work duties; and information on the employees’ work assignments. The businesses’ clients would also receive some of these notices, and these clients could be subject to civil penalties if they use the services of an unlicensed business that is required to be licensed by this bill. Businesses that violate the bill’s subchapter would also be subject to penalties. Employees of the businesses aggrieved by a violation of the bill’s subchapter would be able to initiate a private right of action against their employers for violations of the bill, including for retaliation against employees for availing themselves of rights provided by this bill. Read Local Law 150 of 2021.

Open captioning at motion picture theatres
Law Effective Date: May 15, 2022
This bill would require that movie theaters showing over 10 movies a week provide open captions for at least one quarter of all showings when a movie is shown four or more times. However, theaters more than four open caption showings of a single movie in one week would not be required. At least half of the open captioned showings would be during peak attendance hours. Peak attendance showings start after 5:59 and end before 11:01 on Friday and begin after 11:29 am and end before 11:01 pm on Saturday and Sunday. If fewer than one in eight showings is scheduled for peak attendance hours or similar times on other weekdays, the screening during those hours must be open captioned. Open caption showings that play at the same time do not count towards this minimum and a theater may show more open captioned movies than required. A theater must advertise open caption showings the same way they do other showings and must maintain documents to show compliance with these requirements for at least three years. A theater violating this law is subject to penalties. Films that are produced and distributed without open captioning are exempt from this requirement. Read Local Law 37 of 2022.
Read the plain language guide to Open Caption Requirements in Movie Theaters at nyc.gov/captions.

Limitations on distance and route for food delivery workers; to amend three local laws for the year 2021.
Law Effective Date: April 22, 2022
This bill would amend language in Int. 2289-A regarding distance limits, to provide that a worker may set a maximum distance per trip from a food service establishment where such worker will pick up food, beverages, or other goods, that such worker will travel on trips. The bill would also amend the effective dates of Int. 2288-A and Int. 2294-A to provide that such local laws would take effect on the same date as Int. 2289-A. In addition, the bill would provide that a study regarding the working conditions of food delivery workers may take effect immediately. Read Local Law 118 of 2021.

Establishing standards for payment of food delivery workers.
Law Effective Date: April 22, 2022
The bill would prohibit food delivery apps and couriers from charging delivery workers for the payment of their wages. It would also require the food apps and couriers pay their delivery workers for their work at least once per week. Read Local Law 116 of 2021.

Establishing minimum per trip payments to third-party food delivery service and third-party courier service workers.
Law Effective Date: April 22, 2022
This bill would require the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to study the working conditions of third party food delivery workers, including income, expenses, required equipment, hours worked and safety. Following the study, the Department would be required to promulgate rules establishing the minimum per trip payments that must be made to third party food delivery service workers by January 1, 2023. Read Local Law 115 of 2021.

Establishing general provisions related to working conditions for third-party service workers and requiring that third-party food delivery services permit delivery workers to set limitations on distance and route for deliveries.
Law Effective Date: April 22, 2022
This bill would require food delivery applications and couriers to provide delivery workers with the opportunity to set: (i) a maximum distance per trip they will travel; and (ii) that the worker will not accept trips over bridges or tunnels. Applications and couriers would be obligated to allow workers to change parameters at any time. Applications or couriers could not offer a worker trips inconsistent with the parameters or penalize a worker for their parameters. The following information would be provided before a trip: • address where the food, beverage or other goods must be picked up; • estimated time and distance per trip; • any gratuity; and • compensation to be paid, excluding gratuity. In addition, the bill would set forth various definitions; obligations on the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, applications and couriers; and enforcement options, including those available to the City and to workers, that would apply to all laws relating to food delivery workers. Read Local Law 114 of 2021.

Requiring third-party food delivery services and third-party courier services to provide food delivery workers with insulated food delivery bags, and authorizing the commissioner of the department of consumer and worker protection to deny, suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a license for violations of chapter 15 of title 20 of such code.
Law Effective Date: April 22, 2022
This bill would require food delivery applications and couriers to make available insulated bags to any delivery worker who has completed at least six deliveries for the company. The food delivery application or courier would not be permitted to charge their delivery worker any money for the bag. The bag would also have to comply with Section 1235 of the State Vehicle and Traffic Law, which prohibits bicyclists from carrying bags or other articles unless they can keep at least one hand on the handlebars. The bill would add a provision to the licensing scheme passed last month allowing the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to suspend, revoke, deny or refuse to renew a food delivery application license if any provision relating to protections for delivery workers was violated twice in the previous two years. Read Local Law 113 of 2021.

Agency actions and licensee disclosures in the event of a breach of security.
Law Effective Date: April 10, 2022
This bill would amend the City’s data breach notification laws to align them with requirements in New York’s SHIELD Act. It would make certain definitions in City law more consistent with State law. City agencies that have suffered a security breach involving persons’ private identifying information would be required to promptly disclose it to the City’s Chief Privacy Officer, the Office of Cyber Command, and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications; formerly the NYPD received this type of disclosure. The obligation to make this type of disclosure – including to affected persons – would be expanded to situations in which the information was reasonably believed to have been accessed, disclosed or used by an unauthorized person. With some exceptions, the bill would mandate that if 5,000 or more New York residents must be notified at one time pursuant to Section 10-502 of the City’s Administrative Code, the notifying agency must also notify consumer reporting agencies as to the timing, content and distribution of the notices, and approximate number of affected individuals. Certain agencies would have to coordinate and keep records on data breaches. The bill would mandate that Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Taxi and Limousine Commission licensees required to make a data breach notification pursuant to State law, promptly submit a copy of the notification to their licensing agencies. Read Local Law 151 of 2021.

Providing notice regarding student loan forgiveness programs to certain employees and applicants for employment.
Law Effective Date: April 9, 2022
This bill would require the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, in consultation with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), to prepare a notice for employees and job applicants regarding the availability of federal and state student loan forgiveness programs. City agencies would provide the notice to agency employees and job applicants, and DCWP would make the notice available to employers in New York City to provide to employees and job applicants. Local Law 13 of 2022.

Creating an exception to the item pricing requirement for retail stores with scanners available for consumer use.
Law Effective Date: March 21, 2022
This bill would exempt grocery stores and other retailers that sell stock keeping units (“SKUs”) from being required to label each of the items they sell with a price sticker, under certain conditions. Under this bill, any stock keeping item that is able to be scanned by a price scanner; and is sold in a retail store with a sufficient number of clearly marked and functioning price scanners for consumer use, that are placed in adequate locations, would be exempt from the item pricing requirement. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection would be required to promulgate rules that further specify these conditions. Read Local Law 129 of 2021.

Allowing corporations, partnerships and other business entities to obtain newsstand licenses, and to repeal section 20-241 of the administrative code.
Law Effective Date: March 21, 2022
This bill would amend existing law to allow current and new licensees to hold a newsstand license as a corporate entity, as long as each shareholder, partner, member or principal does not have another source of income exceeding what is earned by operating the newsstand. Existing law only allows newsstand operators to hold their license in their personal capacity. The bill also contains deeming provisions that would help the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) to enforce a limit on two newsstand locations per licensee. This bill would also prohibit any licensee from renting or attempting to rent out their newsstand; doing so would be a basis for license revocation. Finally, the bill also requires DCWP to mail current newsstand licensees, before their next license renewal, a letter explaining important legal requirements that may be applicable if holding a newsstand license as a corporate entity. Additionally, Section 20-241 would be repealed and subsequent sections in the subchapter renumbered, to consolidate the requirements and protections in the subchapter. Read Local Law 128 of 2021.

Agreements between third-party food delivery services and food service establishments and the provision of toilet facility access to food delivery workers.
Law Effective Date: January 24, 2022
This bill would require that food delivery applications include a provision in contracts with restaurants requiring them to make their toilet facilities available for delivery workers’ use, as long as the delivery worker seeks to access the facilities while picking up a food or beverage order for delivery. Read Local Law 117 of 2021.

Disclosure of gratuity policies for food delivery workers.
Law Effective Date: January 24, 2022
For each order placed on a food delivery platform, the bill prohibits a food delivery application from soliciting a tip from a customer unless it discloses the amount or proportion of each gratuity provided to the delivery worker; and the manner in which gratuities are provided, whether immediately or not, and whether in cash or not. This information must be provided before or at the same time the gratuity is solicited. The bill would require applications to credit gratuities to the worker. It would mandate that applications notify workers if a gratuity was added, the amount, whether the customer removed it and why, if a reason was provided, or if a change was made. Each day the applications would be required to inform the worker the total compensation and gratuities earned by that worker the day before. Applications would have to keep records demonstrating their compliance with this bill as part of the requirements of their licensure. Read Local Law 110 of 2021.

Limiting, without expiration, the fees charged to food service establishments by third-party food delivery services.
Law Effective Date: January 24, 2022
This bill would add a new section in the subchapter added by Proposed Introduction 1897-A, prohibiting third-party food delivery services from charging food service establishments more than 15% per order for delivery and more than 5% per order for all other fees, except for transaction fees. The bill would prohibit third-party food delivery services from charging more than 3% per order for transaction fees, except that it would allow for a higher charge if the third-party food delivery service can provide proof that such higher charge was imposed upon the service by a credit card company or internet-based payment system to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and the relevant food service establishment if requested. This bill would also require the Department to submit a report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the Council every two years, beginning no later than September 30, 2023, recommending the maintenance or adjustment of this bill’s cap on fees, by looking at factors such as the effect of the cap on third-party food delivery services and food service establishments; whether the cap affects delivery workers’ wages and working conditions; the products provided by third-party food delivery services for listing, processing and marketing; and figures related to the bill’s subchapter such as the number of complaints and violations, total amount of penalties imposed and the amount of restitution recovered. Read Local Law 103 of 2021.

Licensing of third-party food delivery services, and to repeal subchapter 22 of chapter 5 of title 20 of the administrative code of the city of New York, relating to third-party food delivery services.
Law Effective Date: January 24, 2022
This bill would require third-party food delivery services to obtain a license in order to do business in the City. It would also repeal the subchapter in the Administrative Code that contains existing laws regulating third-party food delivery services, and would instead incorporate the requirements of recently passed Introductions 2311-A, 2333-A, 2335-A and 2356-A into this bill’s licensing scheme. Under the bill, the department could deny or refuse to renew a license, or suspend or revoke a license, if a third-party food delivery service committed two of more violations of the bill’s subchapter. Third-party food delivery services who violate the requirements in the bill’s subchapter would also be subject to civil penalties, as well as civil action from the City or a person against whom a violation was committed. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection would be required to conduct outreach on the provisions of this bill. Read Local Law 100 of 2021.

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New Rules: 2024

Disclosure of Total Ticket Costs
Rule Effective Date:
January 6, 2024
Notice of Adoption to add a new penalty schedule for the failure by licensees of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to disclose the total ticket costs, including fees, in advertisements for events to be held in places of entertainment. Read Rule.

Safety Standards for Powered Bicycles, PMDs and Batteries
Rule Effective Date:
January 3, 2024
Notice of Adoption to amend rules to implement new legislation regarding the distribution, sale, rent, or lease of powered mobility devices and their batteries. Read Rule.

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New Rules: 2023

Earned Safe and Sick Time Act
Rule Effective Date:
 October 15, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules related to the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act ("ESSTA"). Read Rule.

Penalties for Single-Use Items and Powered Mobility Device
Rule Effective Date: 
September 6, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules to include violations related to single-use items and powered mobility devices. Read Rule.

Minimum Pay for Food Delivery Workers (Updated)
Rule Effective Date: Apps should immediately pay delivery workers the Minimum Pay Rate of at least $17.96 per hour, as the New York State Supreme Court ruled on September 28, 2023. Note: Due to an ongoing lawsuit, DCWP is not currently enforcing the minimum pay rate for Relay Delivery, Inc. workers.

Notice of Adoption to add rule establishing methods for determining the minimum payments that must be made to a food delivery worker by a third-party food delivery service or third-party courier service, as required by New York City Administrative Code § 20-1522. Read Rule.

Penalty Schedules for Catalytic Converters and Data Breaches
Rule Effective Date: 
July 6, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend the penalty schedule for Dealers in Second-hand Articles and to add a new penalty schedule for failures by licensees of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to promptly notify DCWP of data breaches. Read Rule.

Automated Employment Decision Tools (Updated)
Rule Effective Date: 
July 5, 2023
Notice of Adoption to add rules to implement new legislation regarding automated employment decision tools (AEDT). Read Rule.
Learn more about AEDT.

Injurious Conduct by Licensees
Rule Effective Date: 
May 7, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend the rule prohibiting injurious conduct by licensees towards Department employees. These amendments outline the procedural steps that the Department and the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings will follow in enforcing and adjudicating violations of the injurious conduct rule. Read Rule.

Automated Employment Decision Tools
Rule Effective Date: 
May 6, 2023
Notice of Adoption to add rules to implement Local Law 144 of 2021, which requires anyone who wants to use an automated employment decision tool to do a bias audit first and notify job candidates. Note: DCWP will begin enforcement of this law and rule on July 5, 2023. Read Rule.

Adjudication of Violations
Rule Effective Date: 
April 2, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules regarding the authority the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s delegates to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and the timing of DCWP’s issuance of written decisions. Read Rule.

Home Improvement Business Trust Fund
Rule Effective Date: 
April 2, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules applicable to the Home Improvement Business Trust Fund to provide for the payment of outstanding awards owed to consumers by licensed home improvement businesses. Read Rule.

Space Heaters
Rule Effective Date: 
March 3, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules to implement new legislation regarding electric space heaters. Read Rule.

Application Process for Tobacco Retail Dealer and Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer Licenses
Rule Effective Date: 
February 19, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules regarding the application process for tobacco retail dealer and electronic cigarette retail dealer licenses that become available within community districts. Read Rule.

Small Business Regulation Reform
Rule Effective Date: 
February 5, 2023
Notice of Adoption to amend rules to repeal certain violations and make other violations curable to reform small business regulations without compromising consumer and worker wellbeing. Read Rule.

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New Rules: 2022

Process Servers
Rule Effective Date: 
October 23, 2022
Notice of Adoption to amend rules to implement new legislation regarding licensed process servers. Read Rule.

Exception to Pricing Requirements for Retail Stores that Provide Price Scanners
Rule Effective Date: 
September 26, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add and amend rules to implement Local Law 129 of 2021 (“LL 129”). LL 129 creates an exception to the item pricing requirements for retail stores that provide price scanners available for customer use. These rules provide guidance on the required number of, and adequate locations for, price scanners. Read Rule.

Extension of Renewal Times for Certain Licenses
Rule Effective Date:
September 22, 2022
Notice of Adoption to amend Department of Consumer and Worker Protection rules to permit additional time to renew certain licenses that expired in 2020 and 2021 and were subject to license term extensions created by emergency executive orders. Read Rule.

Force-fed Products, Open Captioning in Motion Picture Theaters, and Automated Employment Decision Tools
Rule Effective Date:
August 5, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add rules to implement Local Law 202 of 2019, Local Law 144 of 2021, and Local Law 37 of 2022. These new rules add penalty schedules for violations related to keeping or selling any force-fed products, open captioning in motion picture theaters, and automated employment decision tools. Read Rule.

Construction Labor Providers
Rule Effective Date:
July 10, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add rules to implement Local Law 150 of 2021, which includes a new licensing requirement for all construction labor providers, which entails a $200 application or renewal fee, and requires that construction labor providers provide certain notices to employees and maintain certain records, among other requirements. Read Rule.

Third-Party Food Delivery Service Workers
Rule Effective Date:
July 9, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add rules to implement Local Law 113 of 2021, Local Law 114 of 2021, Local Law 115 of 2021, Local Law 116 of 2021, and Local Law 118 of 2021, regarding third-party service workers. The new rules implement new protections for food delivery workers, ensuring they can set limitations on the distances and routes of trips, that they are given information about trips before accepting, are provided with delivery bags, and are paid all that they are entitled to. Read Rule.

Fair Workweek Law
Rule Effective Date:
June 23, 2022
Notice of Adoption to implement Local Laws 1 and 2 of 2021 and Local Law 77 of 2021 related to the Fair Workweek Law for fast food workers. Read Rule.

Ban of Residential Addresses for Tobacco Retail Dealer and Electronic Cigarette Retail Dealer Licenses
Rule Effective Date:
June 18, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add new rules that prohibit the issuance of a tobacco retail dealer license or electronic cigarette retail dealer license for use at any residential location. Read Rule.

Local Law 80 of 2021 and Local Law 98 of 2021
Rule Effective Date:
April 10, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add and amend rules to implement Local Law 80 of 2021 and Local Law 98 of 2021, which affects amusement devices, amusement arcades, amusement operators, and gaming cafés, as well as auction houses and auctioneers. Read Rule.

Third-party Food Delivery Services and Third-party Courier Services
Rule Effective Date:
February 18, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add rules to implement new legislation regarding third-party food delivery services and third-party courier services. Read Rule.

Local Law 80 of 2021 and Local Law 98 of 2021
Rule Effective Date:
January 19, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add and amend rules to implement Local Law 80 of 2021 (“LL 80”) and Local Law 98 of 2021 (“LL 98”). Read Rule.

Biometric Identifier Information
Rule Effective Date:
January 15, 2022
Notice of Adoption to add a new rule to implement Local Law 3 of 2021, which requires, among other things, certain businesses to notify customers of the use of biometric identifier information and prohibits the sale of such information. Read Rule.

Penalties for Single-use Beverage Plastics
Rule Effective Date:
January 8, 2022
The adopted rule adds a new penalty schedule to implement Local Law 64 of 2021, which creates restrictions on single-use plastic beverage straws, beverage stirrers, and beverage splash sticks (collectively, “single-use beverage plastics”). Read Rule.

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