Amendment to Summer Camps (Article 48 of the NYC Health Code)

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Comment By: 
Friday, November 15, 2019
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Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“Department”) is proposing that the Board of Health (“Board”) amend Article 48 of the New York City Health Code (“Health Code”), which governs summer camps operating in New York City (“NYC”) for children under age 16.

The Department proposes these changes primarily to be consistent with applicable New York State (“NYS”) Department of Health regulations relating to children’s camps contained in the NYS Sanitary Code (“Sanitary Code”), located in 10 NYCRR Part 7, Subpart 7-2.  

Specifically, the proposed rules include, among other things:

  • a revised and expanded definitions section (§48.03)
  • revised record keeping and due process requirements (§§48.07, 48.09)
  • updated staffing, screening, training and ratio requirements (§§48.09, 48.11 and 48.12)
  • elimination of religious exemptions from child vaccination requirements (§48.17)
  • updated developmental disability camp requirements, including for incident reporting, investigation and enforcement (§48.25).

Legal Authority

These amendments to the Health Code are proposed pursuant to §§ 558 and 1043 of the NYC Charter.  Sections 558 (b) and (c) of the Charter empower the Board to amend the Health Code and to include in the Health Code all matters to which the authority of the Department extends.  §1043 grants the Department rule-making authority. 

This proposal was included in the Department’s FY2020 regulatory agenda.

Public Hearing

Proposed resolution to amend Article 48 (Summer Camps) of the New York City Health Code.

Public Hearing Date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 9:30am

Svetlana Burdeynik at (347) 396-6078 or

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Gotham Center
42-09 28th Street, 3rd floor, Room 3-32
Queens, NY 11101