The New York City Green Cart Permit was developed with the aim of increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in New York City neighborhoods. The Green Cart permit allows individuals to operate a food cart for the sale of whole, raw fruits and vegetables in designated areas of the city. Frozen or processed produce is not allowed, and for food safety reasons, Green Cart operators cannot cut, slice, peel or process fruits or vegetables on the cart.
The City of New York maintains a map that shows where Green Carts can be located. A copy of this map is available from the Additional Information links section below. The City of New York currently allows up to 1,000 Green Carts to operate. The distribution of the permits is: 350 for the Bronx and Brooklyn, 150 for Manhattan, 100 for Queens and 50 for Staten Island. The selection of vendors for each borough is from a waiting list which is randomly sorted, and is established through an application process. The creation of these waiting lists occurs twice a year, usually in the Spring and Fall.
to find out how to Apply for a NEW Green Cart or Seasonal Permit.
The creation of waiting lists and the subsequent selection of individual applicants is based on the availability of permits for the particular borough. Each applicant may apply for several boroughs, but will only obtain a permit for one borough, and only for particular areas of the borough. The aim of this program is to provide fresh produce to consumers in otherwise underserved communities.
Permits will be issued to holders of current Mobile Food Vendor licenses who are called from the borough-specific Green Cart waiting lists. The carts must be inspected by the DOHMH Bureau of Food Safety & Community Sanitation before a permit can be issued. These permits are valid for two years.