N.Y. Arts and Cultural Affairs Law Section 25.07
Ticket prices


Every operator of a place of entertainment shall, if a price be charged for admission thereto, print or endorse on the face of each such ticket the established price, or the final auction price if such ticket was sold or resold by auction through the operator or its agent.


Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person, firm or corporation, regardless of whether or not licensed under this article, that resells tickets or facilitates the resale or resale auction of tickets between independent parties by any means, must guarantee to each purchaser of such resold tickets that the person, firm or corporation will provide a full refund of the amount paid by the purchaser (including, but not limited to, all fees, regardless of how characterized) if any of the following occurs:


the event for which such ticket has been resold is cancelled, provided that if the event is cancelled then actual handling and delivery fees need not be refunded as long as such previously disclosed guarantee specifies that such fees will not be refunded;


the ticket received by the purchaser does not grant the purchaser admission to the event described on the ticket, for reasons that may include, without limitation, that the ticket is counterfeit or that the ticket has been cancelled by the issuer due to non-payment, or that the event described on the ticket was cancelled for any reason prior to purchase of the resold ticket, unless the ticket is cancelled due to an act or omission by such purchaser; or


the ticket fails to conform to its description as advertised unless the buyer has pre-approved a substitution of tickets.


Prior to the payment of a refund it shall be the obligation of the seller and purchaser to first make a good faith effort to remedy any disputes where the seller and purchaser have agreed to terms established by the licensee or website manager for the disposition of disputes as a condition to facilitate the transaction.


Every operator or operator’s agent of a place of entertainment, any licensee or other ticket reseller, or platform that facilitates the sale or resale of tickets shall disclose the total cost of the ticket, inclusive of all ancillary fees that must be paid in order to purchase the ticket, and disclose in a clear and conspicuous manner the portion of the ticket price stated in dollars that represents a service charge, or any other fee or surcharge to the purchaser. Such disclosure of the total cost and fees shall be displayed in the ticket listing prior to the ticket being selected for purchase. Disclosures of subtotals, fees, charges, and any other component of the total price shall not be false or misleading, and may not be presented more prominently or in the same or larger size as the total price. The price of the ticket shall not increase during the purchase process, excluding reasonable fees for the delivery of non-electronic tickets based on the delivery method selected by the purchaser, which shall be disclosed prior to accepting payment therefor. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to nullify, expand, restrict, or otherwise amend or modify now existing laws or regulations outside of this article, and nothing in this subdivision shall be construed as making lawful any fraudulent, deceptive, or illegal act or practice that is unlawful pursuant to now existing laws or regulations. * NB Effective until July 1, 2025 * § 25.07. Bond. The commissioner shall require the applicant for a license to file with the application therefor a bond in due form to the people of the political subdivision in which such license is issued in the penal sum of one thousand dollars, with two or more sufficient sureties or a duly authorized surety company, which bond shall be approved by such commissioner. Each such bond shall be conditioned that the obligor will not be guilty of any fraud or extortion, will not violate directly or indirectly any of the provisions of this article or any of the provisions of the license or certificate provided for in this article, will comply with the provisions of this article and will pay all damages occasioned to any person by reason of any misstatement, misrepresentation, fraud or deceit or any unlawful act or omission of such obligor, his agents or employees, while acting within the scope of their employment, made, committed or omitted in connection with the provisions of this article in the business conducted under such license or caused by any other violation of this article in carrying on the business for which such license is granted. Such commissioner shall keep books wherein shall be entered in alphabetical order all licenses granted and all bonds received by him as provided for in this article, the date of the issuance of such license and the filing of such bonds, which record shall be open to public inspection. A suit to recover on the bond required to be filed by the provisions of this article may be brought in the name of the person damaged, upon the bond deposited with the political subdivision by such licensed person, in a court of competent jurisdiction. The amount of damages claimed by the plaintiff and not the penalty named in the bond shall determine the jurisdiction of the court in which the action is brought. One or more recoveries or payments upon such bond shall not vitiate the same but such bond shall remain in full force and effect, provided, however, that the aggregate amount of all such recoveries or payments shall not exceed the penal sum thereof. Upon the commencement of any action or actions against the surety upon any such bond for a sum or sums aggregating or exceeding the amount of such bond the commissioner shall require a new and additional bond in like amount as the original one, which shall be filed with the commissioner within thirty days after the demand therefor. Failure to file such bond within such period shall constitute cause for the revocation of the license theretofore issued to the licensee upon whom such demand shall have been made. Any suit or action against the surety on any bond required by the provisions of this section shall be commenced within one year after the cause of action shall have accrued. * NB Effective July 1, 2025

Source: Section 25.07 — Ticket prices, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ACA/25.­07 (updated Sep. 2, 2022; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 2, 2022

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