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The Human Resources Administration (HRA) permits nonprofit organizations, associations, and corporations to solicit donations for charitable purposes in New York City.

HRA administers public solicitation licenses for event producers interested in soliciting for services, products, or charities at their event. These solicitations can take place indoors or outdoors. 

  • Outdoor solicitations include pledges to a walk-a-thon/bike-a-thon, or door-to-door canvassing with a kit. 
  • Indoor solicitations include contributions taken in a public space, or the operation of a thrift shop, rummage sale, book sale, bazaar, and sale of tickets for fundraising purposes.

Learn about the public solicitation license guidelines and application process.

Download the public solicitation license application.

To check the status of an application, send an email to

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