License & Permit Bonds

How to Become a Home Improvement Contractor in NYC


In order to legally construct, repair, remodel, or add to any land or building used as a residence in New York City, a person or business must obtain a home improvement contractor license. Construction, replacement, or improvement of basements, driveways, fences, garages, landscapes, patios, porches, sidewalks, pools, terraces, and other structures that are next to a home or apartment building also need to be done by a person or business with a home improvement contractor license.

In order to obtain this license, you need to purchase a $20,000 contractors license surety bond, with the City of New York named as the Certificate Holder. You must submit a copy of the bond receipt showing that the bond has been paid in full and does not expire before the end of the licensing period. See all requirements for obtaining a home improvement contractor license in New York City.

Where can you instantly purchase contractors license surety bonds?

Colonial Surety offers the direct and digital way to obtain a contractors license surety bond.  We are the insurance company — which means no agent, no broker, and no middleman. The steps are easy — get a quote online, fill out your information, and enter your payment method. Your bond will be available instantly. It’s that simple!