Under the Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002, serving or smoking shisha containing tobacco is prohibited in NYC restaurants and bars. A recent amendment to this law now bans establishments from serving or smoking non-tobacco shisha unless they have obtained a permit to operate as a non-tobacco hookah establishment.
Any entity that in good faith believes itself to be a non-tobacco hookah establishment shall have 180 days from the effective date of the local law to apply to the department for a permit as a non-tobacco hookah establishment.
The deadline to apply for a non-Tobacco hookah establishment is closed to all new applicants.
Existing permit holders may now renew their Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishment Permit online.
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation
Smoke Free Air Act Enforcement
125 Worth Street, Room 1020
Phone: (646) 632-6001