Rule Making

Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules

What are we proposing?  The Department of Cultural Affairs (“DCLA”) is proposing changes to the Joint Living-Work Quarters for Artists rules to simplify the language so that it is easier for the public to understand, update contact information for the agency, and clarify that electronic download of application materials is allowable. This rule was identified as part of a comprehensive rules review initiative undertaken by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations.

When and where is the hearing?  DCLA will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule. The public hearing will take place from 10:30am to 12:00pm on August 9, 2017. The hearing will be in the DCLA conference room at 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007.

This location has the following accessibility option(s) available: The building is wheelchair accessible at the building entrance on Reade Street (between Elk Street and Centre Street). See below for information on requesting additional accessibility.

How do I comment on the proposed rules?  Anyone can comment on the proposed rules by:

  • Website.  You can submit comments to DCLA through the NYC rules website at

  • Email.  You can email comments to

  • Mail.  You can mail comments to the Department of Cultural Affairs, 31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007, Attn: Legal, Rulemaking.

  • Fax.  You can fax comments to DCLA at (212) 341-3819, Attn: Legal, Rulemaking.

  • By speaking at the hearing.  Anyone who wants to comment on the proposed rule at the public hearing must sign up to speak. You can sign up before the hearing by calling (212) 513-9308. You can also sign up in the hearing room before the hearing begins on August 9. You can speak for up to three minutes.

Is there a deadline to submit comments?  Yes, all comments made by website, email or fax must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on August 9, 2017.  All comments made by mail should be postmarked by August 9, 2017. 

Do you need assistance to participate in the hearing?  You must tell the Disability Service Facilitator if you need a reasonable accommodation of a disability at the hearing. You must tell us if you need a sign language interpreter. You can tell us by mail at the address given above. You may also contact Sara Cobb by telephone at (212) 513-9376 or by email at You must tell us by July 26, 2017.

Can I review the comments made on the proposed rules?  You can review the comments made online on the proposed rules by going to the website at A few days after the hearing, copies of all comments submitted online, copies of all written comments, and a summary of oral comments concerning the proposed rule will be available to the public on DCLA’s website at

What authorizes DCLA to make this rule?  Section 1043 of the City Charter and Section 276 of the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law authorize DCLA to make this proposed rule. This proposed rule was not included in DCLA’s regulatory agenda for this Fiscal Year because it was not contemplated when DCLA published the agenda.

Where can I find DCLA’s rules?  DCLA’s rules are in Title 58 of the Rules of the City of New York.

What rules govern the rulemaking process?  DCLA must meet the requirements of Section 1043 of the City Charter when creating or changing rules. This notice is made according to the requirements of Section 1043 of the City Charter.

Comments Received on Proposed Rules

No comments on the proposed rules were submitted to DCLA in writing or at the public hearing held on August 9, 2017. One comment on the proposed rules was submitted online to the NYC Rules website and can be viewed at

During the comment period, DCLA also received one request for the text of the proposed rules, and two emails expressing general support for joint living-work quarters for artists and Artist Certification by DCLA.

Adoption of Final Rule

On December 1, 2017, DCLA published a Notice of Adoption of amendments to the rules for Joint Living-Work Quarters for Artists. These amendments were first proposed and published on July 7, 2017 and, as noted above, a public hearing was held on August 9, 2017. The Notice of Adoption was published in the City Record on December 1, 2017, and may also be viewed on the NYC Rules website at The amendments will take effect on January 2, 2018.