Green Carts

Green Cart (Fruits and Vegetables) Permits & Seasonal (Temporary) Permits

The waiting list application period for Green Cart and Seasonal permits is now closed. If you submitted an application, the Health Department will contact you about your waiting list position in the mail.


New York City Green Carts are food carts and trucks that bring fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods to neighborhoods that have lacked access to fresh produce.

Green Cart vendors must have a NYC Health Department valid mobile food vending license, and operators of the cart or truck must have a Health Department Green Cart (Fresh Fruits and Vegetables) permit.

Green Carts offer whole, uncut raw fruits and vegetables such as:

  • Fruits like whole carrots, bananas, apples and berries
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Plain nuts
  • Sliced or cut fruits and vegetables (if the food cart or truck has equipment to keep food cold and pre-packaged)

Permitted vendors can operate a cart within one borough in designated areas. Green Cart vendors also have to follow mobile food vending rules.

NYC has made 1,000 Green Cart permits available: 350 for Brooklyn, 350 for the Bronx, 150 for Manhattan, 100 for Queens and 50 for Staten Island.

Additional Resources

  • Green Cart Vendors Can Now Offer Water, Nuts, and Sliced and Cut Fruits and Vegetables (PDF)
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  • Green Cart Vendors: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
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  • Green Cart Designated Areas (PDF)
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  • Steps to Getting Your Green Cart Permit Flowchart (PDF)
  • List of Approved Green Cart Manufacturers (PDF)
  • More Information