Sightseeing and Tourism Company

You must have a Sightseeing Guide License to guide or direct people to any place or point of public interest. A business must have a Sightseeing Bus License if it arranges for the operation of one or more motor vehicles which seats eight or more passengers each, operating for hire either to bring passengers from a fixed point in the City of New York to a place(s) of interest or amusement or engaged in exclusive use for a specific or special trip or excursion from a starting point within New York City.

Before you file for a license, it is important to fulfill the general requirements for starting a business:

In order to obtain a Sightseeing Guide License, you may apply online through the Department of Consumer Affairs. Make sure to have the following prepared when you apply for the license:


Sightseeing Guide License
License Term License Expiration Date If You File Your Application
Between These Dates:
Your License Fee is:
2 years March 31
Even years
From April 1 in an even year
to September 30 in an even year
From October 1 in an even year
to March 31 in an odd year
From April 1 in an odd year
to September 30 in an odd year
From October 1 in an odd year
to March 31 in an even year
The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • Reboot & Restart is our webinar series commencing May 26.  These  free webinars with experts who will provide advice as businesses prepare to reopen.  
  • The Resource Guide details programs that  assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out applications and all other client services can be done remotely. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable, wear your mask and wash your hands.


Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.