Permits and Licenses

Notice of Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing rules to implement Local Law 80 concerning the reduction or waiving of monetary penalties for certain first-time violations. Certain other amendments, corrections, and formatting changes are also being made. The amendments will apply to Chapters 6, 7 and 23 of Title 24 of the Rules of the City of New York.

You are invited to comment on the proposed rules. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on January 3, 2023. A public meeting will be held on WebEx on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 from 10 a.m. to noon, to hear comments on the rules. Information on how to comment or participate in the hearing is provided in each link below.

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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.

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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

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.

Address Changes for Permit and License Holders

You must ensure that the Health Department has your current address on file. You can update your address by sending an email that includes your license or permit number to onlineappsdocs@dcwp.nyc.gov, or by making an appointment to visit the Citywide Licensing Center by calling (212) 436-0441.

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)
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