Operating & Renewing
For important operating information, read the Frequently Asked Questions for summer camps.
All operators should review the NYC Health Code Article 48 to understand the rules for operating a summer camp and how to comply.
New camp directors are required to attend a Camp Director's Orientation provided by the Department. The sessions are about 2 hours long and there is no fee to register.
Note: You can apply for the camp permit even if the camp director has not yet attended the orientation.
All new permit and permit renewal applications must be submitted to the NYC Department of Health at least 90 days before the date the camp starts.
Applying for a NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene permit does not satisfy the regulatory requirements of other City and State Agencies. It is the business owner's responsibility to apply for all other permits, licenses, and authorizations required by other City and State Agencies. Failure to comply with all relevant regulations, including those under the jurisdiction of other Agencies, may result in the suspension of Department of Health and Mental Hygiene permits until proof of compliance is provided.
Ready to Renew?
Steps to renew online:
Summer camp permits may only be renewed online.
- Letter of No Objection (LNO) from the NYC Department of Buildings, if previous LNO has expired. The LNO must be current during camp operating period.
- A letter on your organization letterhead that you are in current and good standing with your exemption status (for non-profit programs).
- Worker's Compensation Certificate or Form CE-200 if exempt
- Disability Benefits Insurance Certificate or Form CE-200 if exempt
- Proof of Comprehensive Liability Insurance or Form CE-200 if exempt
- Proof of Vehicular Insurance (only required if you intend to use a private or chartered vehicles)
- Summer Camp Self-Certification Checklist (PDF)
- Trip Itinerary and Parental Consent Form (PDF)
- Children’s Camp Facility and Staff Description (PDF)
- Camp Director’s Resume (if different from previous year)
- Camp Director’s Statewide Central Register Database Check
- Prospective Children’s Camp Director Certified Statement (PDF)
- Health Director’s CPR (CPR Pro) Certification (e.g. CPR Pro)
- Health Director’s Advance First Aid Certification (e.g. RTE/Advance First Aid)
Summer camps that are required to pay the $200 fee may submit payment through the online licensing system by logging in at www.nyc.gov/dohmhpermits. If you will be using a newly registered account, you may request a PIN to “PIN Link/Relink” and access the existing camp record. Do not create a new camp record. If you need your PIN, you can request it by completing an online PIN Request Form below or by calling 311.
You will not be permitted to renew a permit if you have outstanding fines. You must pay fines online before renewing. You can pay your fines by logging in at www.nyc.gov/dohmhpermits. If you will be using a newly registered account, you may request a PIN to “PIN Link/Relink” and access the existing camp record. Do not create a new camp record. If you need your PIN, you can request it by completing an online PIN Request Form or by calling 311