Environmental Health

Nitrous Oxide

Every person or firm desiring to purchase or distribute nitrous oxide, and those buying or selling nitrous oxide pursuant to must complete a permit application provided by the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) A copy of the permit must be maintained by the distributor of the nitrous oxide for two years.

Those selling nitrous oxide for food preparation purposes require that the person purchasing the nitrous oxide show proof that they are at least 19 years of age before the sale is made.

Sellers of nitrous oxide must keep a record of all sales in conformance with N.J.S.A. 24:6G-3 to include the name and address of the buyer, permit number, date of sale, and amount of nitrous oxide.

Every permit issued by the Department of Health for the use or sale of nitrous oxide is valid only for the location listed in that permit and is not transferable. A permit is valid for two years.

Please make sure that the place where you purchase nitrous oxide is properly registered with NJDOH.


  1. Download the Application for Permit to Handle Nitrous Oxide

  2. Make an online payment (check or credit card)
    • Paying online ensures your payment will never be lost and will prevent delays in your application process.
    • Ensure your payment confirmation number is included on your application and/or is included as a printed attachment.

  3. For security reasons, please mail your application via US Postal Service:

    NJ Department of Health
    Public Health & Food Protection
    P.O. Box 369
    Trenton, NJ 08625


Last Reviewed: 9/2/2022