Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert
  • New and renewal mobile food vending permit applications are not being accepted at this time.
  • Pre-permit inspections are currently suspended.
  • All NYC Health Department licenses and permits that will expire or require renewal are extended for the duration of the State of Emergency in accordance with Emergency Executive Order 107.

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

Read Executive Order 107.

You must have a Mobile Food Vending permit and a Mobile Food Vending license to sell food from a pushcart or truck

You must have a Full-term Mobile Food Vending License to sell food from a permitted pushcart or truck year-round. You need a Certificate in Food Protection (CFP) to apply for this license.

Fee

The license fee is $50. United States veterans are exempt from the fee. This license is valid if you are selling from a mobile food cart or truck on the street or in a park or on a boardwalk for more than 14 days in a row.

The combined fee for the license renewal and tax clearance is $60. United States veterans are exempt from the license fee but must pay $10 for the tax clearance.

Expiration Date

The license expires every 2 years on staggered dates.

You must have a Seasonal Mobile Food Vending Unit Permit to prepare and sell food from a pushcart or truck on a seasonal basis.

New permits are available only to those licensed vendors who were placed on the Food Cart Waiting List and notified by the Department of Health to apply for the permit. If you are notified, you must file an application in person at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licensing Center. You must then contact the Department of Health to schedule an inspection appointment and have a permit sticker attached to the pushcart or truck.

Expiration Date

The permit expires each year on October 31.

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

New permits are available only to those licensed vendors who were placed on the Food Cart Waiting List and notified by the Department of Health to apply for the permit. If you are notified, you must file an application in person at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licensing Center. You must then contact the Department of Health to schedule an inspection appointment and have a permit sticker attached to the pushcart or truck.

Fees

The permit fee is $200 for a processing food unit and $75 for a non-processing food unit to sell food on the street. United States veterans are exempt from the fee.

Expiration Date

The license expires 2 years from the previous expiration date on staggered dates.

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

Online

Visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's permit page.

By Mail

Call 311 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Phone assistance is currently unavailable. Send an email to onlineappsdocs@dca.nyc.gov 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 for assistance.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Phone assistance is currently unavailable. Send an email to onlineappsdocs@dca.nyc.gov for assistance.

You can schedule a pre-permit inspection by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.