A Food Service Establishment is a place where food is provided for individual portion service directly to the consumer, whether the food is provided free of charge or sold, and whether the food is consumed on or off the premises. This includes restaurants, employee cafeterias, bakeries, takeouts, pizzerias, night clubs, cabarets, bars, senior centers, emergency food relief organizations, public and non-public schools, or religious, fraternal and charitable organizations. Such establishments are required to obtain a permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
The information on this page is designed to explain the application, regulatory compliance, and inspection requirements for operating a food service establishment. This information only encompasses health-related aspects of the regulatory requirements of a food service establishment, and business users should be aware that reading the documents attached and below will be necessary to properly understand the various provisions of DOHMH regulations.
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
42 Broadway, Lobby
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Restaurant Permit
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Office of Permits and Licensing
125 Worth Street
NYC Business Acceleration (NYCBA)
110 William Street, 2nd Floor
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Food Service Establishment Pre-Operational Inspection