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.

Click here  to 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!

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