1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. General Business
  4. Article 41: Combative Sports


Section 1009 Licenses; entities

General Business (GBS)

1. (a) Except as otherwise provided in sections one thousand six and one thousand seventeen of this article, only entities licensed by the commission may conduct an authorized professional combative sport within the state. The commission may, in its discretion, issue a license to conduct or hold authorized professional combative sports, subject to the provisions hereof, to any person or corporation duly incorporated, or limited liability company authorized, under the laws of the state of New York.

  (b) A prospective licensee must submit to the commission proof that it can furnish suitable premises, as determined by the commission, in which such combative sport is to be held.

  (c) Upon written application the commission may grant to any entity holding a license issued hereunder, the privilege of holding such a match or exhibition on a specified date in other premises, or in another location, than the premises or location previously approved by the commission, subject however to approval of the commission and the rules and regulations of the commission.

  2. (a) The commission may, in its discretion and in accordance with regulations adopted by the commission to protect the health and safety of professionals in training, issue a license to operate a training facility providing contact sparring maintained either exclusively or in part for the use of professional combative sports participants. At a minimum, any such regulation shall require:

  (i) first aid materials to be stored in an accessible location on the premises and for the presence on the premises of a person trained and certified in the use of such materials and procedures for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation at all times during which the facility is open for training purposes;

  (ii) clean and sanitary bathrooms, shower rooms, and locker rooms;

  (iii) adequate ventilation and lighting of accessible areas of the training facility;

  (iv) establishment of a policy concerning the restriction of smoking in training areas, including provisions for its enforcement by the facility operator;

  (v) compliance with state and local fire ordinances;

  (vi) inspection and approval of surfaces on which training for combative sports will be held; and

  (vii) establishment of a policy for posting all commission license suspensions and license revocations received from the commission including provisions for enforcement of such suspensions and revocations by the facility operator.

  (b) A prospective entity licensee shall submit to the commission proof that it can furnish suitable facilities in which the training is to be conducted, including the making of such training facilities available for inspection by the commission at any time during which training is in progress.