A person or business must obtain a Home Improvement Contractor license if engaged in the construction, repair, remodeling business or if making an addition to any land or building used as a residence. This includes, but is not limited to, the construction, replacement, or improvement of basements, driveways, fences, garages, landscaping, patios, porches, sidewalks, swimming pools, terraces, and other improvements to structures or upon land that is next to a home or apartment building.

* Basic License Application
* Sales Tax Identification Number OR Certificate of Authority Application Confirmation Number
* Proof of Business Address
* Proof of Home Address
* Workers’ Compensation Insurance Information
* DCA Trust Fund Enrollment OR Copy of Surety Bond (or Third Party Bond), properly signed
* Roster of Employees
* Contractual Compliance Agreement
* Home Improvement Contractor Exam and Exam Fee (if applicable)
* Fingerprints and Processing Fee (if applicable)
* Child Support Certification Form (if applicable)
* Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable)
* License Fee

• If you solicit, negotiate, or offer to negotiate a home improvement contract with a property owner, you must also obtain a Home Improvement Salesperson license.

• Sidewalk work requires a permit from the New York City Department of Transportation.
Contact 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/dot

• Home improvements that involve plumbing, electrical work, pointing, or extensions to a residence require a permit from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). In addition, DOB must be notified about work to raise, lift, elevate, or move a house or building, as this work requires a special inspection. Contact 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/buildings.

Note: Only home improvement contractors licensed by DCA can apply for DOB permits.

• If you plan to haul or transport waste resulting from your business operations, you must obtain a Class One Self Hauler Registration from the New York City Business Integrity Commission.
For an application and more information, contact 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/bic

Note: New York City businesses must comply with all relevant Federal, State, and City laws and rules.

All laws and rules of the City of New York, including the New York City Consumer Protection Law and Rules, are accessible via www.nyc.gov/consumers. For convenience, sections of the New York City Licensing Law (and Rules, if enacted) are included as a handout in this packet.
Please note that businesses are responsible for knowing and complying with the most current laws, including any City Council amendments. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is not responsible for errors or omissions in the handout provided in this packet. The information is not legal advice. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer.

For legal representation in the application process, call Figeroux & Associates, at 718-834-0190 for a free legal consultation.



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