Fire & Public Safety Codes

  • Licensee is responsible for ensuring that walkways, entrances, egresses and firefighting equipment are not obstructed or encumbered in any manner.
  • If Fire Safety determines the facilities are crowded to capacity, the Licensee must prevent further admittance.
  • All sets, costumes, flashpots, laser lighting equipment and any other material must conform to all existing fire and safety codes.
  • Only qualified technicians or laborers are permitted to set-up, operate and dismantle machinery or equipment.
  • Only the Convention Center electricians may install temporary wiring.
  • The Convention Center manager retains the right to interrupt or terminate any event when it is determined such action is necessary in the interest of public safety.
The following is prohibited:
  • Smoking.
  • Open fires.
  • Flammable decorations, open flames, explosive or inflammable gases, liquids or materials.
The following is permitted with restrictions:

Non-flammable gas containers and helium tanks, equipped with safety caps, mounted and chained to tank carts.

Cooking Preparation & Demonstrations
  • No cooking appliances will be installed or used and no open flame of any sort will be permitted except with the approval of Fire Safety.
  • All preparations/demonstrations must strictly adhere to the Guidelines for Food Preparation and Assembly Spaces at the Empire State Plaza.
  • Fire Safety reserves the right to order the removal, discontinuation or alteration of any cooking event or activity if deemed necessary.

Candles are permitted for dining settings only, so long as the flame from the candles does not exceed the height of the required fire safe enclosure and are self-extinguishing if tipped over. All candles and required encasements to be used must be approved by NYS Fire Safety.

Motor Vehicle Display

Vehicles on display must abide by the following regulations in accordance with the International Fire Code and NFPA:

  • At least one battery cable shall be removed from the batteries used to start the vehicle engine. The disconnected battery cable shall then be taped off.
  • Batteries used to power auxiliary equipment shall be permitted to be kept in service.
  • Fuel in fuel tanks cannot exceed one-quarter tank or 5 gallons (19L), whichever is least.
  • Fuel tanks and fill openings should be closed and sealed to prevent tampering and the escape of vapors.
  • Vehicles, boats, or other motor craft equipment shall not be fueled or defueled within the building.
  • Vehicles shall not be moved during exhibit hours. Vehicles may be operated only for movement to and from the display area.
  • Compressed flammable gases; flammable or combustible liquids; hazardous chemicals or materials; and Class II or greater lasers, blasting agents, and explosives shall be prohibited within exhibit halls.
  • Vehicles with LP-Gas fuel systems, LNG or CNG fuel systems must have the cylinder shutoff valve closed.
  • Vehicles with LP-Gas, LNG or CNG fuel systems shall not be parked near sources of heat, open flames, or similar sources of ignition.
  • Indoor application of silicone spray to tires will not be permitted.
  • Drop cloths should be placed under the vehicle once positioned.
  • The keys to the vehicle must be removed and should remain on the premises.
Firearms and Deadly Weapons
  • No person shall introduce, use or possess a firearm or deadly weapon on state property, unless:
  • Authorized by the Commissioner of the Office of General Services or the New York State Police;
  • Carried by federal, state, county, municipal police officers or armed couriers on official business who are licensed to carry a firearm; and
  • Lawfully possessed and brought on State property for an authorized arms show, sale or display. Such firearms must be unloaded and transported in a carrying case to and from the site of show, sale or display.