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You must have a Mobile Food Vending Permit and a Mobile Food Vending License to sell food from a pushcart or truck. The license is required before applying for the permit.

You must have a Seasonal Mobile Food Vending Unit Permit to prepare and sell food from a pushcart or truck on a seasonal basis. Seasonal food vendor permits allow vendors to operate April 1 through October 31.

The NYC Health Department is releasing Seasonal mobile food vending permits.

To apply for a Seasonal mobile food vending permit, you must first apply to get on a waiting list. This waiting list application period will be open from February 7, 2022 through April 30, 2022. Applications to be added to the waiting list must be submitted by email or by mail and postmarked by April 30, 2022.

Instructions and an application for the waiting list can downloaded at nyc.gov/health/mobilefood or you may request an application be mailed to you.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a copy.

You must have a Year-Round Mobile Food Vending Unit Permit to prepare and sell food from a pushcart or truck year-round.

A new local law changes how mobile food vendors can get a new Year-Round Mobile Food Vending Unit Permit. Vendors will need a new type of license called a supervisory license.

Supervisory License

The NYC Health Department will offer 445 supervisory license applications each year for 10 years beginning in July 2022. 

The citywide and non-Manhattan supervisory license waiting lists will open in November 2022.

Vendors eligible to join these waiting lists include:

  • Vendors who were on a full-term citywide or borough-specific permit waiting list
  • Vendors who continuously held a mobile food vending license from March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2021

Learn about supervisory licenses, including eligibility requirements.

You can request a license application, which includes forms and information about requirements.

Online

Visit the Department of Health's permits and licenses page.

By Mail

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) to request a paper copy.

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
    42 Broadway
    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.

Several weeks before your permit expires, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will mail you a renewal package.

You can drop off your completed application and any required documents at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licensing Center or the NYC Small Business Support Center.

  • DCA Licensing Center
    42 Broadway
    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.

You can get the status of your application.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

If you’re using the NYC Health Department online license and permit system, you can get help with:

  • Renewing your permit
  • Payment problems
  • Obtaining a PIN
  • Linking or relinking a PIN
  • Resetting user names or passwords
  • Problems uploading documents
  • Error messages
  • Web page not loading
  • Button not responding

Online

Submit a help request online.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

You can get answers to license-specific questions and information about application requirements.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

You can schedule a pre-permit inspection by phone.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

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