You must have a Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit to serve food or drinks, including bottled water, from a fixed booth or stand in connection with a special event or celebration. You can use your permit to participate in special events throughout the year, however, if you want to participate in more than one event at the same time, you need an additional permit for each additional event.
Examples of events include street fairs or festivals on:
- Public property
- City parks
- City streets
- City boardwalks
- Private property that are open to the public
The annual fee for a Temporary Food Service Establishment Permit is $70.
The license expires 1 year after the date it is issued.
You will have to complete an application and bring it to the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center or the NYC Small Business Support Center.
- DCA Licensing Center
New York, NY 10004
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
- NYC Small Business Support Center
90-27 Sutphin Boulevard, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The centers are closed on major holidays. If you need to take an exam, you should arrive before 3 PM.
Call 311 to request a paper copy.