Health Fair

Health fairs support the well-being of local residents by allowing health vendors to promote and provide health services and goods within a pedestrian plaza or along a single block. For residents who are less mobile, health fairs make available information and resources that otherwise might be difficult to access. Health fairs are free and open to the public.

Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Brooklyn


See benefits of Block Party

  • Provides access to health services to the community
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles

Scope and Eligibility

  • Closes a single block for up to 12 hours
  • Vendors cannot be charged a fee to participate
  • No alcohol, fundraising, sponsorship, or sale of goods or services is permitted
  • If event includes any vendors or sponsors, see Street Fair for description of a single block festival
  • Must be organized by a documented local nonprofit in good standing with the community; event must be held on the block where the nonprofit is located, or nearby



  • Application due to SAPO 30 days prior to event
  • A $25 application fee is required
  • Applicant must provide liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence naming the City of New York as an additional insured
  • Additional permits or insurance may be required (e.g., food giveaways require a permit from DOHMH; structures over 10 feet require a permit from DOB)
  • Rain dates are not permitted

Recommendations and Best Practices

  • Coordinate with the corresponding Community Boards for comment and approval of events as SAPO considers these comments when approving permits; Community Boards may also mandate signatures from residents as part of the application
  • Make contact early with the relevant NYPD Precinct and obtain their approval of the proposed streets closures