Permits and Licenses

Changes Due to COVID-19

  • All NYC Health Department permits and licenses that expired after March 13, 2020, (or in the case of seasonal mobile food vending permits and licenses, on October 31, 2019) remain valid because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • When the governor lifts the state of emergency, permittees and licensees will have 45 days to renew. You may still renew now.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, in-person submissions are by appointment only. Customers are encouraged to submit new applications and renewals online or by mail if applicable. Permits and licenses cannot be renewed until all outstanding fines have been paid.

Apply for or Renew a Permit Online

Apply for a New Permit

You can find instructions for applying for a new permit online by clicking on the links to the left and finding the permit or license for which you would like to apply.

Note: You must apply for a new Mobile Food Vending License in person. This license requires that you register for the certification class and apply for the license at the same time. Separate fees apply for the license application and the class registration.

Online payment is by credit or debit card only.

Renew a Permit

You can renew most NYC Health permits online. Follow the instructions for renewing your permit in the renewal notice you will receive in the mail or by email 90 days before your permit expires.

Note: Mobile food vending licenses and permits can only be renewed in person or by mail.

If you are renewing online for the first time, and you did not apply for your original permit online, you will need the personal identification number (PIN) found on your renewal notice to link your permit record to your online account. If you do not have access to your renewal notice, complete a PIN request to have your PIN emailed to you. You can also call 311 and ask for "Health Permit PIN." You only need to link to your account once.

Online payment is by credit or debit card only.

Apply for or Renew a Permit In Person

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, in-person submissions are by appointment only. Customers are encouraged to submit new applications and renewals online.

Note: You must apply for a new Mobile Food Vending License in person. This license requires that you register for the certification class and apply for the license at the same time. Separate fees apply for the license application and the class registration.

Payment in person is by debit or credit card, or by check or money order payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Workers Compensation and Disability Insurance

If you have a Health Department permit, you must have workers compensation and disability insurance. You must present proof of coverage before a permit can be renewed.

If you are exempt from this requirement, you must get a CE-200 form. Depending on the requirement, when renewing online, you must upload the document before paying for your renewal. If you are renewing in person or by mail, the document must be submitted with your renewal application.

The Certificate Holder on all insurance documents must be listed as:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
125 Worth Street, CN17A
New York, NY 10013

Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in a delay in your application or renewal.

Responding to a Summons

If you receive a summons from the Health Department, you have the opportunity to contest the violations at the OATH Hearings Division. Your hearing date is printed on your summons.

You can pay your summons:

  • Online
  • In person by appointment
  • By mail (use the address on the summons)
  • Business Assistance

    The City provides assistance to small businesses with financial counseling and information about financing opportunities.

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