Any person or business involved in a home improvement project more than $200 must get a license from the Department of Consumer Affairs to operate legally in New York.
New York City maintains high standards for licensing. To obtain a home improvement license, applicants must pass a written exam.
Licensed contractors in NYC are required to carry workers' compensation insurance.
Licensed contractors contribute $200 to DCA's Trust Fund at the time of application and each time they renew or post a bond. DCA's Trust Fund reimburses homeowners who hired a licensed contractor who subsequently damaged their home and went out of business or left town.
NYC home improvement contractors are required to submit a copy of their fingerprints to the DCA and pass a criminal background check.
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