On July 24, 2023, DCWP launched a new system to replace its prior online services and provide additional features for businesses, consumers, and workers. Note: If you had an online account with DCWP before July 24, 2023, please use the same email address you provided DCWP. This will allow you to link your business records to the new system. Read Online Services - FAQs.
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We license more than 45,000 businesses in more than 40 industries. View full list of DCWP licenses and their expiration dates.
DCWP License Application Checklists
Select an industry below to learn about its application requirements and to submit a license application online.
How do I submit my license application?
There are two ways to file your license application:
What's the status of my license application?
If you submitted a license application to DCWP, check the status of the application online.
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Don't see a license or permit for your business?
It is the business owner's responsibility to apply for all permits, licenses, and authorizations required by other City and State agencies. Below are some important resources.
- Department of Small Business Services (SBS). SBS makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. Learn more about SBS.
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. DCWP’s Licensing Center accepts license and permit applications on behalf of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). DOHMH issues many types of licenses and permits under the NYC Health Code. Visit DOHMH’s License, Permit and Course Information web page.
- New York State Department of State. The New York State Department of State’s Division of Licensing Services plays an important role for consumers, occupational licensees, applicants, and the business community in New York State. The Division is responsible for the licensure, registration, and/or regulation of many businesses, including real estate brokers and salespersons, barber shops and practitioners, appearance enhancement businesses and practitioners (cosmetology, esthetics, natural hair styling, nail specialty, waxing), security guards, telemarketers, and ticket resellers. Learn more about the Department of State.
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