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Is it Legal to have Your Doors Fixed Open in Your Retail Store in NYC - New York City?

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

In 2015 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put a new law into effect that does require New York City business owners to keep their doors closed when the air conditioner is running. Citing an impact on global warming, de Blasio claimed it is wasting a lot of energy when you have an air-conditioner unit continuously blasting cool air out into the warm outdoors.

Violaters of this new regulation face fines ranging from $250 for a first offense up to $1,000 for more egregious violations. Sidewalk cafes, counter-type stores, and restaurants with outdoor space for dining are all excluded from the new law. Enforcement is provided by the City's Department of Consumer Affairs.


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