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Car Wash License

New Application Fees Fees Vary HOW TO APPLY
Application Reviewed Within 2 Weeks AFTER YOU APPLY
Renewal Fees $550 OPERATING & RENEWING
Renewal Cycle 2 Years OPERATING & RENEWING


City Consumer and Worker Protection, Department of

You must have a Car Wash license if your business cleans vehicles, including washing, detailing, drying, polishing, vacuuming, or other cosmetic care of vehicles, either at a fixed location or as part of a mobile, on-demand, or “pop-up” service.

You do not need a Car Wash license if you:

  • Sell, lease, rent, or repair motor vehicles as your main service and only offer car washing as an additional service to this main service. (For example, your business is a repair shop and you wash the cars that you repair.)
  • Operate a self-service facility for washing vehicles, where customers—not facility employees—clean vehicles.
  • Clean vehicles on an intermittent basis to raise funds for a not-for-profit organization.
  • Are a federal, state, or local governmental agency.
The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DWCP) issues this license.

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)

Licensing Center

42 Broadway, Lobby

New York NY 10004
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