There are waiting lists created for Green Cart permits for each borough. An application for a Green Cart permit will only be offered to someone who is on one of the waiting lists established for this purpose. These waiting lists are created from waiting list applications, which are solicited twice a year. Please contact the Citywide Licensing Center (42 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10004), check the DOHMH website, or call 311 to learn when new waiting lists will be established.
An applicant can apply to vend from a Green Cart for more than one borough, but will receive only one permit for a specific borough. The completed Green Carts Waiting List Application Form must be mailed to the address below, postmarked no later than the deadline date specified in both the form and the instructions.
Once the waiting lists are established, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) will mail a postcard to each applicant, informing the applicant of his / her waiting list number(s) for each list. The DOHMH will send a Green Cart Permit Application to individuals selected from the borough waiting lists (in waiting list number order) only when permit vacancies become available. (For more information on waiting lists, see the link listed under Additional Information, above.)
Individuals who are selected from a waiting list will have 30 days to complete the Green Cart Permit Application and bring the completed form and other necessary documentation in person to the Citywide Licensing Center. No applications will be accepted by mail.
Applicants must pay the permit fee (if applicable) when the application for the Mobile Food Vending Unit Permit is reviewed and accepted. The Citywide Licensing Center will then issue the applicant a receipt confirming that an application for the Green Cart permit was submitted. Applicants may not operate with just the receipt. They must first schedule and pass an inspection for their food vending cart.
Beginning one week after the applicant submits the application and is issued a receipt, he / she should call 311 and ask for the Bureau of Food Safety & Community Sanitation to schedule an appointment to have the mobile food vending unit inspected. The New York City Administrative Code requires that all mobile food vending units pass an inspection within six (6) months of the date an application is submitted or the application becomes void. There is no waiver of this time requirement, even if the applicant assigns someone else to have the mobile food vending unit inspected on his or her behalf.
Once the applicant's cart passes inspection, the DOHMH inspector will affix an inspection decal to the cart and give the vendor a Green Cart umbrella. The applicant may vend from the mobile food vending unit with a valid inspection decal, the umbrella, and the inspection report immediately after passing an inspection. The permit document will be sent via mail, within one month, to the applicant's mailing address.
A full-term Green Cart permit will expire two years from the end of the month in which the applicant submitted the application for the Green Cart permit to the Licensing Center and received a receipt. Renewal applications will be sent to each vendor at the last known address.