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NYC Licensing Law Takes Effect Jan. 31

Following months of discussions and coordination among TRSA and the New York City government to mitigate the regulatory impact, a new law goes into effect Jan. 31 that licenses and sets standards for commercial and on-premise laundries (OPLs) serving hotels, restaurants and other businesses within the city.

Since news reports spurred the drafting of this bill, TRSA has worked to inform city officials about actual practices, to prevent unnecessary burdens on commercial laundries operating within and serving customers in New York City. For example, rather than have the Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) establish standards of cleanliness for linens, uniforms and other textiles, those standards will be based TRSA’s industry-leading Hygienically Clean certification.

Following earlier teleconferences and webinars, TRSA organized a meeting on Jan. 11 of laundry operators and city officials at the Department of Consumer Affairs offices in Manhattan to discuss implementation.

Several key issues were discussed:

  • There are two licenses, one for laundries operating within New York City and a second for laundries delivering within the city, including those operating in the surrounding states.
  • These licensing requirements apply to both commercial laundries and OPLs including OPLs in hotels, gyms and other businesses. Hospital-based laundries are exempt from the law because state regulations governing hospitals preempt the city rules in that sector of the industry. But commercial laundries that service hospitals or clinics are covered under the city’s licensing law.
  • All laundries are required to tag delivery trucks and thousands of laundry carts with a company’s license number. Laundries operating within the city are open to DCA inspection, while only the vehicles delivering from laundries processing outside the city may be inspected.
     

The application process requires that all laundries certify legal compliance with safety and wage requirements for the jurisdiction in which they operate.

“Hotel laundries are liable under the new law, whether they realize it or not,” said TRSA President and CEO Joseph Ricci. “In terms of hotels, roughly 70-75% of the hotels actually have laundries that would require licensing.”

TRSA expects the new licensing and regulations to impact more than 50 commercial laundries serving New York City and hundreds of smaller, OPLs operated by hotels, gyms and other businesses. TRSA is available to assist laundries that serve city businesses with any questions about compliance.