City officials in New York have agreed to postpone implementation of legislation that would have brought major changes to the car wash industry beginning next month. The delay comes amid an ongoing lawsuit filed against the city after it first imposed the new laws. Mayor Bill De Blasio’s administration made the announcement this week, according to

The lawsuit was filed last month by a group representing nearly 100 car wash businesses across new york city. The Association of Car Wash Owners feels the city’s proposed laws will give preferences to businesses that have formed unions, which is illegal.

The lawsuit is focused on language that requires owners of non-unionized car washes to post a $150,000 surety bond before applying for a license. Unionized operations pay $30,000.


The new law should have taken effect next month. Instead city officials will wait as the Department of Consumer Affairs drafts regulations. Those new regulations should be published in January. It will mark one more step in the ongoing lawsuit the city now faces.

“The parties have agreed that it makes more sense to wait until the city promulgates the rules that implement the car wash law before proceeding in the litigation,” said Nick Paolucci, a spokesman for the city’s law department.