Information for Car Washes

The Car Wash Accountability Law, which requires car washes in New York City to obtain a license to operate, took effect on January 15, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read Frequently Asked Questions: Car Wash Accountability Law and New Rules for Mobile Car Washes.

Mobile Car Wash | Un lavadero móvil de vehículos

Do you operate a mobile car wash in New York City? Read Dos & DON’Ts.

¿Opera usted un lavadero móvil de vehículos en la ciudad de Nueva York? Lea lo que SÍ debe hacer y lo que NO debe hacer.

Apply for a Car Wash License

Car washes, including mobile car washes, must have a valid DCWP Car Wash License. Review the Car Wash License Application Checklist.

Car Wash Damage Complaint Log

Car wash businesses must maintain a chronological log in an electronic format documenting complaints of damage to vehicles. Download Car Wash Damage Complaint Log template (in Excel format).

Inspection Checklist: Car Washes

Do you or your business clean vehicles, including washing, detailing, drying, polishing, vacuuming, or other cosmetic care of vehicles, either at a fixed location or as a mobile, on-demand, or “pop-up” service? Read Inspection Checklist to learn what our inspectors look for and help avoid violations.

Additional NYC Permits You May Need

For information regarding permits you may need from the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, please contact:

  • Office of Public Health Engineering/Building Water Supply
    25-01 Jackson Avenue, CN-56
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    Phone: (718) 310-2850 or call 311 and ask for: Well Water Permit

For information regarding permits you may need from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, please contact:

  • The Cross-Connection Control Unit
    Phone: (718) 595-6531

Page updated 06/2024