On July 18, 2021, the City enacted Local Law 80 of 2021, which repeals the licensing requirement for gaming cafes and amusement arcades. This repeal went into effect on January 16, 2022.
Beginning January 16, 2022, you will no longer need a Gaming Café or Amusement Arcade license from DCWP to operate your gaming café or amusement arcade business. Because a license is no longer required, DCWP will no longer accept new or renewal license applications.
On January 16, 2022, your current license will expire and you may take down DCWP’s license sign. You will not need to surrender or renew your Gaming Café or Amusement Arcade license.
Even though you will no longer need a license for your gaming café or amusement arcade, you will still be required to comply with other laws DCWP enforces, such as:
Download Inspection Checklist: Gaming Cafés, Amusement Arcades, and Businesses with Amusement Devices (updated 7/2022)
Download Truancy sign (updated 4/2022)