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Local Law 31 of 2020

Local Law 31 of 2020 repeals the licensing requirement for Home Improvement Salespersons.
  • As of August 9, 2020, the Department of Consumer Affairs will no longer license Home Improvement Salespersons and will no longer accept new or renewal applications.
  • Through August 8, 2020, you must have a Home Improvement Salesperson license or you will be considered unlicensed.
  • This repeal does not impact the licensing requirement for Home Improvement Contractors.
Beginning August 9, 2020, new and renewing Home Improvement Contractor license applicants must submit proof that they are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to safe lead practices and/or affirm that certification is not required based on the type of work the business performs.

Applicants must submit:
  • Copies of EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) certification AND EPA Lead-Based Paint Activities certification (also known as Lead Abatement certification), OR
  • Copy of either EPA RRP certification or Lead Abatement certification AND a signed Affirmation indicating that the other EPA certification is not required, OR
  • Signed Affirmation that both EPA certifications are not required for any home improvement work performed by the applicant.
For information about EPA certifications, visit epa.gov/lead.

List of DCA License Industries

Select an industry below to learn about its application requirements and to submit a license application online. View list of industries Consumer Affairs licenses and their expiration dates (in PDF)

How do I submit my license application?

There are two ways to file your license application:

  • ONLINE: Select an industry above to read the application requirements and to submit a license application online.
  • IN PERSON: Due to COVID-19 crisis, please monitor nyc.gov/DCWPAlerts for information about limited in-person assistance.

What's the status of my license application?

If you submitted your initial application online,

  1. Login to your account
  2. Select "Access My Account" from the blue Businesses-DCA box.
  3. On the account page, you should see a list of your pending applications and its status. You can also submit additional materials to the application by uploading documents.

If you submitted your initial application at the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center,

  1. Review the Acknowledgement of Application printout that you received after you handed in your application. It will have your Record ID and PIN.
  2. Register an account or login
  3. After registering/login, enter the Record ID and PIN to link you account to your DCA Records.
  4. Return to the "Home" tab, and select "Access My Account" from the blue Businesses-DCA box.  
  5. On the account page, you should see a list of your pending applications and its status. You can also submit additional materials to the application by uploading documents.

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Don't see a license or permit for your business?

It is the business owner's responsibility to apply for all permits, licenses, and authorizations required by other City and State agencies. Below are some important resources.

  • Department of Small Business Services (SBS). SBS makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. Learn more
  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. DCA’s Licensing Center accepts license and permit applications on behalf of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). DOHMH issues many types of licenses and permits under the NYC Health Code. Visit DOHMH’s License, Permit and Course Information web page
  • New York State Department of State. The New York State Department of State’s Division of Licensing Services plays an important role for consumers, occupational licensees, applicants, and the business community in New York State. The Division is responsible for the licensure, registration, and/or regulation of many businesses, including real estate brokers and salespersons, barber shops and practitioners, appearance enhancement businesses and practitioners (cosmetology, esthetics, natural hair styling, nail specialty, waxing), security guards, telemarketers, and ticket resellers. Learn more.

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