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March 31, 2021


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Extension of the Enforcement Moratorium and Temporary Assistance Program for Certain Business Signs

The moratorium on the issuance of certain accessory sign violations and the temporary assistance program for certain accessory signs has been extended to January 1, 2023 via Local Law 29 of 2021. Please see below for a summary of what this means and read our Service Notice for complete details.

Moratorium on the Issuance of Certain Accessory Sign Violations
Until January 1, 2023, DOB will not issue violations for business storefront signs that existed before February 9, 2019 and neither exceed 150 sq. ft. in area nor exceed 1,200lbs in weight, unless the sign creates an imminent threat to public health or safety.

Temporary Assistance Program for Certain Accessory Signs
Up until January 1, 2023, the Department will waive all filing fees for sign permits for those who received a sign violation under certain conditions.

For additional business assistance, contact NYC Small Business Services. Please mention in the "How can we help you?" field that you were referred by DOB per Local Law 28 of 2019.

For more information about the moratorium, see Local Law 28 of 2019 and Local Law 29 of 2021.

New Yorkers: File Your Taxes for FREE with NYC Free Tax Prep

In these difficult economic times, it's more important than ever that New Yorkers eligible for NYC Free Tax Prep file their taxes for free, claim important tax credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit, and keep their WHOLE refund.

Do you qualify for free tax prep?

New Yorkers who earned $68,000 or less in 2020 may qualify for free tax preparation services in-person or online.

Learn more at or call 311 and ask for "tax preparation assistance."

Services are available in several languages.

Melanie E. La Rocca Commissioner

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