Home Improvement Salesperson

Home Improvement Salesperson License Application Checklist

Who Must Have a Home Improvement Salesperson License?

You must have a Home Improvement Salesperson license if you negotiate or offer to negotiate a home improvement contract with a property owner.

This description is only a general explanation of which individuals need to have a Home Improvement Salesperson license.

Quick List of Application Requirements

See Requirements section for detailed descriptions. Make sure you provide all requirements; otherwise, your application is incomplete. DCA can only consider complete applications for license issuance.
  • Basic Individual License Application
  • Photograph of License Applicant
  • Home Improvement Exam and $50 Exam Fee
  • Fingerprints and $75 Processing Fee (if applicable)
  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (if applicable)
  • License Fee
Submitting your application does not mean your license is automatically approved.

Additional City or State Permits/Licenses/Clearances You May Need

You must have a Home Improvement Contractor license from DCA to do construction, repair, remodeling, or other home improvement work to any residential land or building in New York City.

This is not meant to be a complete list. See Additional Resources section.

Requirements

DCA will deny your application if you do not submit these required documents and information:
  • One Current Color Passport-size Photograph of License Applicant.
    In person: DCA will photograph license applicants at no cost in the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center. Applicants can also submit a current color passport-size photograph.

    Online: License applicants can upload an image file of digital passport photo quality. A digital camera with a resolution of 1 mega-pixel is adequate.
  • Fingerprints and $75 Processing Fee
    Applicants must be fingerprinted at the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center (addresses below). Bring one of the following forms of ID:
    • U.S.-issued driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification
    • License or permit issued by a government agency
    • Passport
    • Alien card/green card
    • City, State, or Federal employee ID card
    • Municipal ID card

    See payment information in License Fee section.

  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation, if applicable (download)
    Required if someone other than the license applicant will prepare and submit this application.

    Note: The applicant must sign the license application and all related forms.
  • License Fee
    License Period:
    2 years
    Expiration Date:
    February 28 (Odd Years) 
    License Fee
    If You File Your Application Between These Dates: Option 1
    Option 2
    From March 1 in an odd year to August 31 in an odd year
    Pay $50 for a license expiring February 28 of the next odd year. (Valid for at most 24 months.)
    N/A
    From September 1 in an odd year to February 28 or 29 in an even year Pay $38 for a license expiring February 28 of the soonest odd year. (Valid for at most 18 months.) N/A
    From March 1 in an even year to August 31 in an even year Pay $25 for a license expiring February 28 of the soonest odd year. (Valid for at most 12 months)
    N/A
    From September 1 in an even year to February 28 in an odd year Pay $13 for a license expiring February 28 of the soonest odd year. (Valid for at most 6 months) Pay $63 for a license expiring February 28 of the next odd year. (Valid for at most 30 months)
    Pay by:
    • Check or money order payable to DCA. (In person)
    • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card only). You will be charged a nonrefundable Convenience Fee. (In person or online)

Application Filing Process

File in person
File in person at the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center.
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS (DCA) LICENSING CENTER
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York, NY 10004
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
NYC SMALL BUSINESS
SUPPORT CENTER

90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Free Interpretation Services are available on-site. To request a disability-related accommodation, please call DCA’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at (212) 436-0199 or visit our Accommodations page.

OR

File Online
  1. Review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below to submit your application online using a laptop or desktop computer.
  2. If you haven’t registered an account with the City of New York, you will need to register an account before you can proceed to the online application.
  3. After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
  4. Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the Apply for a DCA License page to read requirements and proceed to the online application.

Additional Resources for Home Improvement Salespersons

  • For the laws and rules that may affect your business, visit our Laws page.
  • If you have a question about a DCA violation or the laws that DCA enforces, you can speak with DCA’s Business Compliance Counsel. Call 311 for the Legal Compliance Helpline for Businesses or email BCC@dca.nyc.gov.
  • For resources to help your business open, operate, and grow, visit nyc.gov/business.

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    Page updated 11/2019.