Public Assembly Permits
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As a matter of public safety, New York City requires a Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation (PA) for all premises where the Certificate of Occupancy indicates that 75 or more members of the public may gather indoors or 200 or more may gather outdoors for religious, recreational, educational, political or social purposes, to consume food or drink, await transportation, or any similar group activities. When such groups gather, it is necessary to ensure that the space is safe and issues, such as proper egress and emergency lighting, are appropriately addressed.
Both the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Fire Department (FDNY) oversee the PA permitting process. DOB enforces adherence to the Building Code and conducts all reviews and inspections for the initial issuance of a PA. FDNY is responsible for all reviews and inspections for renewal PAs to ensure compliance with the Fire Code.