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Waiting List for Full-Term Mobile Food Vending Permits

Rule status: Proposed

Agency: DOHMH

Comment by date: September 27, 2021

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The proposed rules would govern the expansion of the current mobile food vending full-term permit waiting list as required by Local Law 18, which requires the issuance of up to 445 food vending permits each year for 10 years beginning on July 1, 2022. It also creates a new “supervisory license” and mandates that food vending carts and trucks (“vending units”) that are newly permitted as of July 1, 2022 operate only when the person vending has a supervisory license.

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September 27, 2021
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Online comments: 22

  • Shahidur Rahman

    I have been waiting over ten years for a Food Vendor Permit so the City should issue the permits to applicants who have been waiting the longest. The City should also issue more than 445 Food Vendor Permits because it has been many years since they last issued any Food Vendor Permits.

    Comment added September 9, 2021 6:11pm
  • Estela Gonzalez

    I have also waited for over 10 years for a Food Vending Permit so I agree there should be regulations to ensure that these applicants have priority in receiving permits.

    Comment added September 10, 2021 4:25pm
  • Mhudien Dorrani

    I have been waiting for a Food Vending permit for over 13 years now. I hope the State prioritizes people who have been waiting the longest and are actively working. I agree that more permits should be issued because we have been waiting more than a decade for this.

    Comment added September 10, 2021 6:17pm
  • Husnu Gul

    I’m not in the waiting list but I want to be have permit many permits owners not living in the New York or near mostly owners they doing different jop only they do give rent for two years they just pay couple hundreds my opinion is making new regulation.


    Comment added September 10, 2021 8:56pm
  • Md Nazrul Islam

    I’ve been working as a mobile food vendor for over 20 years having to use my friends permit because the city does not provide new ones. It has become a more of a problem since the pandemic. It would be great if the city provided permits for those working in the field a long time or have been waiting for one for years.

    Comment added September 10, 2021 9:27pm
  • Mohammed Shahjahan

    I have been food vending for a long time and waiting for a waiting list for a long time. I agree that more permits should be made available and should be given the opportunity to make the waiting list. It can be very helpful for me and my family.

    Comment added September 10, 2021 10:58pm
  • Reda Mansour

    Hi ,
    * My name is Reda I have been working as a mobile food vendor since 2008 and I don’t have a permit .
    * I realised in all these places I worked at , the permit owners are not the business boss .
    Most business owners do other jobs or out of the state or even out of the country and they rent their permits for others who wants to make this business . In the same time real street vendors can’t get their own permit to operate their small business .
    *I guess one of the changes the city wants to do with the new permits is
    And finally I hope someone tells me how to apply for a permit or to be in the waiting list
    Thank you for reading

    Comment added September 11, 2021 8:55am
  • Ohsung Yang

    I’m waiting for citywide permit many years. And I used permit from one of friends. This is not good for me …
    Many things is comes, I hope city or state makes more permits to give whoever ready for work and pay taxes than make dreams come true…

    Comment added September 11, 2021 9:13am

    My name is Muhammed G.M KHAN. The City of New York has been seriously affected Economically due to the impact of Covid-19. Many people look for good quality food for less price from Mobile Food Vending Carts. The number of Food cart with the City Wide Full Term Permit as of now in the City, is not enough. That’s why I think, City needs to add more Mobile Food Vendors to the City Wide Full-Term permit waiting list. Thank you for considering my comment.

    Comment added September 11, 2021 5:16pm
  • William Nogueras

    I have been waiting for many years for a permit. It’s time I receive one. There are probably thousands of people waiting for a permit and the city is making a lot of money charging thousands of people $60 each for a permit they will probably never receive in their lifetime. The lottery system is a sham and the waiting list needs to be comprised of those who came first at the top and those who came last at the bottom of the list. The city needs to stop adding thousands of more people to the list until they take care of the thousands already on the list first. It seems like the City is making a lot of money from this disaster of selling business licenses to thousands of people who the city knows will never receive the permits. Shame on the City.

    Comment added September 11, 2021 10:23pm
  • Guluzar Cimsir

    I have ben doing very long time fruit vendors every to year I am paying 15-20 thousand $ I hope city gives more permits and We can work our own permits

    Comment added September 11, 2021 11:46pm
  • Mohammed Rahman

    From now on, I won a citywide food vendor permit 14 years ago but my number is still on the waiting list, can I expect to have my permit during my lifetime? Please take a look at the current job situations in the City of New York and the issue the permit and thank you for looking at my comment.

    Comment added September 12, 2021 8:36pm
  • Hamid El hiri

    I strongly believe that adding more permits to nyc will help a lots of vendors like me improve their businesses and make their lives more easier.i have been working as a food vendor more than 15 year but never got the chance to gain a permit .that why I am asking for more permit especially for those who cary the food vendor license more than 10 years .thank you all and god bless America

    Comment added September 13, 2021 2:57pm
  • Abdul Samad Mawjzada

    Thank you for opening the forum to public comments. I have been waiting 35 years for my permit and have yet to be given one. I am hopeful this will give me a better chance at obtaining a permit so that I would not have to purchase one for over 15k every 2 years. Majority of permit holders lease their permits for astronomical amounts while holding a position elsewhere. This is not fair, it limits the growth of those actually working and prices for the permit become inflated to a point many cannot provide for their family. I suggest making it mandatory for the permit holder to operate in the spot. This will provide more visibility for the health department and accountability on who actually runs a designated spot.

    Comment added September 13, 2021 6:22pm
  • Abul k Azad

    My Name is Abul Kalam Azad, this proposal for expansion of Mobile Food Vending Permits will help a lot of people like myself, who have been waiting for years in the hopes of receiving a permit. However 445 is not enough as many individuals have been in the waiting list for a very long time. Many people have to pay thousands of dollars to rent Permits from people who does not use them and even get scammed. I’ve been waiting for the chance to get my own permit for 10 years now and getting a permit would be a big help.
    Thank You and looking forward to receiving a Full Term Mobile Food Vending Permit!

    Comment added September 14, 2021 12:09am
  • prodip biswas

    Hi, my name is prodip biswas.I have been warking food vendor12 years.In my own exprince lot of people who have a permit but they do not work, they do rent every two years 12 to 20 thousand dollers .But who is warking they do not have permit.My comment this permit only for who is working in physically.Would you please give them , they will really helpful.

    Comment added September 14, 2021 12:48pm
  • Margarita Ponce

    I am not on the waiting list even though i would like to be. My hopes are that with this new proposal many such as myself could have the opportunity to join the waitlist and eventually gain a permit for my own use. I have a mobile food vendors license but i have not had the chance to steadily work as a food vendor as many permit owners lease the permits at a very high price and i dont make enough income to provide for my daughter. Thank you for inviting me to comment on this proposal and i hope my thoughts are listened to, thanks!

    Comment added September 14, 2021 5:13pm
  • Margo

    There should be a separate list established for black Americans. Those who have held permits since 2017 shouldn’t get eligibility first. Most are immigrants, and it’s unfair that blacks haven’t been given priority for anything in NYC. The street vendors list has been closed for decades. We should be able to at least become food vendors in our own neighborhoods without having to compete with Halal carts.

    Comment added September 16, 2021 12:52pm
  • Mohamed DAOUDI

    Hello, my name is Mohamed Daoudi.

    I love my job as a mobile food vendor. I have worked in this field for more than 13 years. I have loyal customers because I always try to do my best in cooking and selling good quality food. I like the rule of creating a supervisory license because It will help improve the quality of food services in NYC. However, I dislike my situation as a worker without a permit which prevents me to have my own business. Issuing new permits for me will be much better than expanding the current waiting list.

    Best regards

    Mohamed Daoudi
    Mobile Food Vendor NYC

    Comment added September 17, 2021 11:43am
  • Musthafa Tharuvayi

    I am a food vendor since 2006. I applied for permit but never won the lotto. Permit owners rent their permit to vendors like me and they do a different job. I humbly request you to increase the number of permits and also make sure that all permit holders are doing food vending for themselves and not rent it out every 2 years for 20K. I hope the health department will prevent the permittee from renting their permits.

    Comment added September 17, 2021 6:08pm
  • Orfelinda Ariza

    I been working as a mobile food vendor over 10 years and still haven’t received my permit. I have regular loyal customers which have become my friends and they rely on me to provide service. Granting more permits to NYC vendor will help a lot of vendor’s business and theirs family.

    I am asking for NYC to grant more permits to food vendor for those with over 10 years.

    Thank you

    Comment added September 19, 2021 6:23pm
  • Yolanda Leon

    Soy un vendedor ambulante y eh esperado por un permiso por mas de 11 años, ya que mi licencia me la emitieron en el año 2010, y seria de una gran ayuda de poder obtener mi permiso para poder desempeñar mi trabajo, eh cumplido con todos los mandatos de la cuidad, siendo un buen ciudadano y contribuyen, por lo que, pido de favor que sean emitidas nuevas reglas para poder obtener el permiso.

    espero que nuestra voz sea escuchada.


    Comment added September 22, 2021 2:40pm

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