Food Service Operators

Reopening Guidance

For up-to-date information on food service restrictions related to COVID-19, including for indoor and outdoor dining and hours of operation, visit COVID-19: Reopening Businesses and Schools.

Permits and Inspections

The NYC Health Department is now conducting full inspections, including issuing letter grades and summonses subject to fines.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, permits had remained valid after their expiration date. This extension has now ended and permits must be renewed by August 14, 2021.

Get more information about permits and licenses.


Whether you work in a restaurant, soup kitchen or other food service establishment, the Health Department has important information about operating a clean, safe, healthy and legal business. Use the links provided on the left to find the guidance and information you need.

Inspection History Report for Your Restaurant

To ensure compliance with all food safety regulations and avoid fines, operators may request a 3-year inspection history report for their food service establishment.

Business Owner's Bill of Rights

Additional Resources