Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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New York Construction Licensing

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Licenses are typically required for individuals and businesses that provide construction industry services. This guide contains information about construction industry licensing in New York.

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Company Licenses

New York Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

New York Asbestos Handling License

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/shformsandpublications.shtm

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for an Asbestos Handling License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$500

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for an Asbestos Handling License (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

New York Electrical Contractor License

Not required



Electrical Contracting Company licensure is not required on the State level in New York.

Electrical contractors are licensed at the local level in New York.

New York General Contractor License

Not required



General Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in New York.

General Contractors are licensed at the county and city level.

New York Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



Mechanical/HVAC Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in New York.

Mechanical contractors are licensed at the local level in New York.

New York Plumbing Contractor License

Not required



Plumbing Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in New York.

Plumbing contractors are licensed at the local level in New York.

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Buffalo Construction Manager License

More Information:

https://www.buffalony.gov/638/Licenses

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo Demolition Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.buffalony.gov/638/Licenses

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo General Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.buffalony.gov/513/New-Construction

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

City of Buffalo Contractor Application

Agency Fee:

Variable, based on type of contractor.

Fact Checked:3/19/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$750

Due:

Annually by September 30.

Fact Checked:3/20/19

Buffalo Handyman Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.buffalony.gov/638/Licenses

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo Light Commercial Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.buffalony.gov/638/Licenses

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo New Housing Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.buffalony.gov/513/New-Construction

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services - New Construction Division (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo Specialty Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.buffalony.gov/638/Licenses

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo Sub-Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.buffalony.gov/638/Licenses

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Nassau County Home Improvement Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1563/Licensing

Agency:Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City General Contractor Registration

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Contractors Program (NY)
Financial Requirements:

The last three consecutive business bank statements for your company, each showing an ending balance of $25,000 or a notarized letter from your company’s bank stating your company has had a balance of at least $25,000 for the past three months. Online print outs of bank statements must be stamped by the bank.

Insurance Requirements:

Original general liability insurance certificate (must have a $1 million minimum policy), Workers’ Compensation certificate, and disability insurance certificate.

Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

LIC6: General Contractor Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$300 registration fee + $330 background investigation fee.

Original Ink:Required
Notes:

All documentation must be original.

Fact Checked:6/24/19

New York City Home Improvement Contractor License

More Information:

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/businesses/license-checklist-home-improvement-contractor.page

Agency:City of New York Business Assistance - Licenses, Permits & Inspections (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Elevator Inspection Company License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Elevator Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Elevator Installer License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Elevator Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Suffolk County Home Improvement Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/LicensingEnforcement.aspx

Agency:Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Suffolk County Restricted Electric Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/LicensingEnforcement.aspx

Agency:Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Suffolk County License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Suffolk County License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Suffolk County Restricted Plumbing Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/LicensingEnforcement.aspx

Agency:Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Suffolk County License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Suffolk County License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Suffolk County Sign Hanging Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/LicensingEnforcement.aspx

Agency:Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Individual Licenses

New York Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

New York Asbestos Air Sampling Technician Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Handler Certificate

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_LICENSING_CERTIFICATION.shtm

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Inspector Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Management Planner Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Operations & Maintenance Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Project Designer Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Project Monitor Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Restricted Allied Trades Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Asbestos Supervisor Certificate

Agency:New York Department of Safety and Health - Asbestos Control Bureau
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Certificate Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the end of the birth month of the certificate holder.

Notes:

Renewal applications will be sent approximately 2 months prior to expiration.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Blaster's Certificate of Competence

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_LICENSING_CERTIFICATION.shtm

Agency:New York State Department of Labor - Division of Safety and Health
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a Blaster?s Certificate of Competence

Agency Fee:

$150

Notes:

Fingerprinting is a requirement with this application and must be completed and paid for by an independent NY state location.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for a Blaster?s Certificate of Competence

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Crane Operator's Certificate of Competence

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_LICENSING_CERTIFICATION.shtm

Agency:New York State Department of Labor - Division of Safety and Health
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Crane Operator's Certificate of Competence

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Crane Operator's Certificate of Competence Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Explosives Dealer/Manufacturer License

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_LICENSING_CERTIFICATION.shtm

Agency:New York State Department of Labor - Division of Safety and Health
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Explosives Dealer/Manufacturer License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

Fingerprinting is a requirement with this application and must be completed and paid for by an independent NY state location.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Explosives Dealer/Manufacturer License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Explosives Purchase/Own/Possess/Transport License

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_LICENSING_CERTIFICATION.shtm

Agency:New York State Department of Labor - Division of Safety and Health
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Explosives Purchase/Own/Possess/Transport License

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

Fingerprinting is a requirement with this application and must be completed and paid for by an independent NY state location.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Explosives Purchase/Own/Possess/Transport License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50 plus a fingerprinting fee of $91.50 plus a vendor fee of approximately $11.00 to $12.00 (All prices are subject to change. Check with the vendor for the current charge.)

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New York Pyrotechnician Certificate of Competence

More Information:

https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/safetyhealth/DOSH_LICENSING_CERTIFICATION.shtm

Agency:New York State Department of Labor - Division of Safety and Health
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Pyrotechnician Certificate of Competence

Agency Fee:

$150

Notes:

Fingerprinting is a requirement with this application and must be completed and paid for by an independent NY state location.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Pyrotechnician Certificate of Competence Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Local Construction and Contracting Individual Licenses

Buffalo Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.buffalony.gov/530/Plumbing

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services - Plumbing Inspections Office (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Buffalo Master Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.buffalony.gov/530/Plumbing

Agency:City of Buffalo Permit & Inspection Services - Plumbing Inspections Office (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Concrete Safety Manager Registration

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Construction Superintendent Registration

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Elevator Director/Inspector License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City High-Pressure Boiler Operating Engineer License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Hoisting Machine Operator License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Journeyman Fire Suppression Piping Contractor License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/master-plumbers-master-fire-suppression-piping-contractor.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/master-plumbers-master-fire-suppression-piping-contractor.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Master Electrician License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/master-electricians.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractor License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/master-plumbers-master-fire-suppression-piping-contractor.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Master Plumber License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/master-plumbers-master-fire-suppression-piping-contractor.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Master Rigger License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Master Sign Hanger License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Oil Burning Equipment Installer License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Site Safety Manager/Coordinator License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Special Electrician License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/master-electricians.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Special Rigger License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Special Sign Hanger License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Tower Crane Rigger License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

New York City Welder License

More Information:

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/buildings/industry/applications-forms.page

Agency:New York City Department of Buildings - Skilled Trades Department (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Elevator Inspector License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Elevator Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Elevator Limited Mechanic License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Elevator Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Elevator Mechanic License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Elevator Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Master Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Electrical Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Electrical Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Rochester Single Phase Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.cityofrochester.gov/licensedtrades/

Agency:City of Rochester Electrical Examining Board (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Suffolk County Master Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/LicensingEnforcement.aspx

Agency:Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

Suffolk County Master Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/LicensingEnforcement.aspx

Agency:Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs (NY)
Fact Checked:4/20/18

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