Permits and Licenses

COVID-19 Impact on Permits and Licensing Operations

Due to COVID-19, Citywide Licensing Centers are temporarily closed. Online services are still available using links provided on this page.

Beware of business scams related to COVID-19. For the latest information on scams and how to protect yourself, visit NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s Tips on Scams.

In accordance with Emergency Executive Order #107 (PDF), all NYC Health Department licenses and permits that will expire or require renewal during the State of Emergency are extended for the duration of the emergency. Renewal notices are not being mailed at this time.

By complying with City and State orders, you can help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Health Department issues many types of licenses and permits under the NYC Health Code. You can get more information about the licenses and permits that we issue by clicking on the links listed to the left, along with information about how to apply, regulations and requirements. Visit NYC Business for information, resources and training to help you open and operate a business in New York City.

Before You Renew — Important Information

All NYC Health Department permittees are required to carry workers compensation and disability insurance and 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, 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 renewal.

Renew Online

Renewal notices are usually mailed out 90 days before your permit expires. Due to COVID-19, renewal notices are not being mailed at this time. All NYC Health permits can be renewed online. Registration is required. 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 (PIN) number found on your renewal notice. If you have misplaced your renewal notice, you may request one using the online PIN request form. You only need to link to your account once. Online payment is by credit or debit card only.

Business Assistance

The city now offers two locations where the public may go to obtain assistance with applying for or renewing most Health Department permits or licenses. They are:

  • DCA Citywide Licensing Center
    42 Broadway, Lobby
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM

  • NYC Small Business Support Center
    90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th floor
    Jamaica, Queens
    Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM

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

What to do if you receive a Summons from the Health Department

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

You may pay your summons online, in person or by mail (check the address on the summons).

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