Catering Establishment

Any room, place or space in New York City used in the business of serving food or beverages for a particular event in which the public is not invited or admitted and where entertainment is permitted, requires a Catering Establishment license.

New Business Acceleration Team (NBAT) assists individuals and groups opening food and beverage establishments by navigating City agency processes and reducing the time needed to open. NBAT provides client management services, an accelerated plan review process, and coordination of necessary inspections by regulatory agencies. New restaurants, bars that will serve food, bakeries, supermarkets, and butcher shops may be eligible.

Below are the general requirements that you will need in order to start your business:

Before you file for a Catering Establishment DCA license, you must make sure to have the following completed:

  • Your place of business must be approved by the Fire Department. Complete an Application to Request an Inspection/Recommendation and your request will be sent to FDNY. The FDNY will notify the DCA of your inspection results. Please note that if you fail the inspection, it is your responsibility to correct the problems.
  • Electrical Inspection—your place of business must comply with all current electrical billing codes. One of the following may serve as proof:
    1. Statement from a licensed electrician
    2. Current copy of the Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Department of Buildings (DOB) dated within 90 days of submitting your application.
  • Applicable Business Certificate based on your business’s legal structure
  • Please note that you must resolve any outstanding Environmental Control Board (ECB) violations before you file an application.

Please have the following documents and information prepared when applying for your Catering Establishment DCA License. Some requirements may have a link to a PDF document where you may print out and complete if you are applying in person. If you apply online, you will need a credit card and convenience fees apply.

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • We have compiled a Resource Guide detailing programs to assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out application and all other client services will be done remotely via telephone. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable and wash your hands.


Queens Together

Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Together, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.