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Food & Beverage Establishments

What's needed to open a food and beverage establishment?

Alexandria Restaurant, 450 1st Avenue, New York, NYThere are many permits and licenses needed to open an eating and drinking establishment. Different individuals involved have specific responsibilities in this process. NYC Business Acceleration is here to simplify that process and help business owners and professionals understand each of the permits and licenses required by the City. The table below lists all of the credentials a food and beverage establishment could need and indicates the individual responsible for handling each item at the appropriate City Agency. 

**For first time business owners, please download:

A business owner's involvement is critical in all parts of the process and a business owner's signature is required for most documents submitted to a City agency. Many of the processes below require hiring a licensed professional:


Food & Beverage Establishment

Document Type

Title

Architect / PE

Contractor

Permit

Construction

Yes

Yes

Electrical

Yes

Yes

Fire Alarm 

Yes

Yes

Food Service Establishment 

Business Owner

Place of Assembly

Yes

 

Plumbing/Gas Authorization

Yes

Yes

Range hood 

Yes

Yes

Sidewalk Café 

Yes

 

Signs

Yes

Yes

Applications

Backflow Prevention Devices

Yes

Yes

Boiler 

Yes

Yes

Grease Traps

Yes

Yes

Liquid CO2

 

Yes

Refrigeration

 

 


**Please note that State licenses are not listed here.  There may be other permits and licenses required for your business. For more information, please visit NYC Business Acceleration's Partners & Resources section.

For business owners in the process of opening, please check: