Contractor Permit & Insurance
Licensed contractors must register first to use the Department’s online permit processing E-Permit system. A permit application must be completed online by the Licensed or Registered Contractor for the issuance of a renovation permit.
Prior to issuing a permit for the approved project, the following are required:
- Payment of any unpaid Project Application fees.
- Identification of responsible Special Inspection Agencies.
- Request for waiver of penalties, stop work or violations (former L2 Form).
- Licensee’s license and insurance information must be active and current.
Licensed Contractors and Registrants
The Department issues licenses to contractors qualified to perform construction work. Permits for are only issued to a Licensed General Contractor (GC). The GC must have a place of business in New York City as per AC §28-401.18
. All licensees shall include their license number and business information on trucks, business cards and advertisements. See the NYC Administrative Code §28-418
Licensed Contractors registered with the Department must have the following insurance policies that are active and current. The Licensing & Exam Unit will have records of these, and when a licensee submits a permit application, the insurance status information is automatically checked to display their current record. Make sure to update these records to keep your license/policies current with the Unit.
The following insurance requirements must be met by Licensed Contractors:
- General Liability Insurance: Each occurrence must be a minimum of one million dollars.
- Workers Compensation Insurance: For the issuance or renewal of a permit, the Contractor shall procure and maintain workers’ compensation insurance as required by law.
- Disability Insurance: As a condition for the issuance or renewal of a permit, the Contractor shall procure and maintain disability benefits insurance as required by law.
Where there are no employees in the company or business of a permittee, the permittee is exempt from these requirements – and must obtain a disability waiver.
Permits have a maximum duration of two years from the date of issuance (§28-105.8.1
). Permit expiration may coincide with the expiration date of General Liability Insurance or Project-Specific Insurance (§28-105.9
Additional Project Requirements