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.