You need an Amusement Device Permit to build or alter an amusement device and a license to operate the device and give rides for entertainment purposes. The license you need depends on the type of device and how long the device is being used.

Call 311 to request a paper copy.

You must have a Permanent Amusement Device License to operate a ride that carries passengers for entertainment purposes. Examples include roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and other thrill rides.

You must submit a separate application for each ride you operate.

Fee

The fee for the full one-year license term is $50 per device.

Expiration Date

The license expires on March 15 each year.

You must have a Temporary Amusement Device License to operate a ride for fewer than 15 days at a public event. Events include street fairs, carnivals, or block parties.

Types of rides that require a license include:

  • Ferris wheels
  • Tilt-a-whirls
  • Swings
  • Carousels

You don’t need this license if you have a Portable Amusement Device License.

Fees

The fee is $50 per device per event. The DOB inspection fee is $100 per device.

Expiration Date

You need a new license for each event. The license expires when the event ends.

You must have a Portable Amusement Device License to operate a truck-mounted or inflatable amusement ride on the vehicle that transports it. Examples of portable amusement devices include carousel rides and inflatable rides like the Moonwalk or Super Slide.

You must submit a separate application for each ride you operate.

Fee

The fee for the full one-year license term is $50 per device.

Expiration Date

The license expires on March 15 each year.

Inspections

Portable amusement rides that are truck-mounted must be inspected by the Department of Buildings (DOB) each time they relocate. To learn more, go to the Portable Amusement Ride Relocation Inspection page.

Online

To apply online, you need a Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) account.

Log in or register for a DCA account.

In Person

If you’re applying in person, you will have to complete an application and bring it to the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center or the NYC Small Business Support Center.

  • DCA Licensing Center
    42 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • NYC Small Business Support Center
    90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
    Jamaica, NY 11435
    Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The centers are closed on major holidays. If you need to take an exam, you should arrive before 3 PM.

About three months before your license expires, the Department of Consumer Affairs will mail you a renewal package.

You can complete and submit the application DCA sent you by mail or in person, or you can renew online. Once your license expires, you are considered unlicensed and you may get penalties if you continue to operate. If you don’t renew your license within 59 days of expiration, you will have to reapply for a new license.

Online

To renew online you need to have a DCA online account and a Personal Identification Number (PIN). The PIN is required to link information about your DCA records to your online account.

Log in or register for a DCA account.

If you don’t have a PIN already, you can request it by phone.

In Person

You can drop off your completed application and any required documents at the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center or the NYC Small Business Support Center.

  • DCA Licensing Center
    42 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
     
  • NYC Small Business Support Center
    90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
    Jamaica, NY 11435
    Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

The centers are closed on major holidays. If you need to take an exam, you should arrive before 3 PM.

By Mail

Mail your application and required documents to:

DCA Licensing Center
42 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

By Phone

You can:

  • Get answers to questions about renewing
  • Report if you haven’t gotten a renewal package within 30 days of the license expiration date

Call 311 for assistance.

Online

You can check the status of your application through your DCA account.

Log in or register for a DCA account.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Online

On the DCA website you can:

  • Live chat with a DCA representative
  • Learn about laws you need to know and obey
  • Learn about other licenses you might need
  • Download valuable publications, tips, and FAQs
  • Request an inspection
  • Read checklists to learn what DCA inspectors look for in your industry and avoid violations
  • Learn how to handle consumer complaints
  • Pay fines by credit card
  • Resolve a DCA violation
  • Update important business information, including your contact information, your name or business name, or corporate officer information
  • Request the replacement of a lost, stolen, or damaged DCA license document
  • Download DCA's model contracts and model receipts, required signs, and other templates

Go to the DCA Business Toolbox.

With a DCA online account, you can:

  • Access your DCA records
  • Renew a license
  • Change address
  • Change name
  • Change officer information
  • Request license replacement
  • Follow the status of applications
  • Submit additional documents as part of your license application (if you submitted your application at the DCA Licensing Center)

Log in or register for a DCA account.

In Person

  • DCA Licensing Center
    42 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
     
  • NYC Small Business Support Center
    90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
    Jamaica, NY 11435
    Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The centers are closed on major holidays. If you need to take an exam, you should arrive before 3 PM.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

If you’re using the online services portal to submit applications and other requests to the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), you can get help with technical problems, including:

  • Log-in problems
  • Resetting user names or passwords
  • Problems uploading documents
  • Error messages
  • Web page not loading
  • Button not responding

Call 311 for assistance.

You can get answers to license-specific questions and information about application requirements.

Call 311 for assistance.