New Jersey Business Licensing Information for Contractors

New Jersey independent contractors

Contractor’s License Requirements in New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey, a home repair contractor’s license is required for a home repair contractor who executes financed home repair contracts provided to New Jersey residents. This licensure is regulated by the NJ Department of Banking & Insurance. To obtain a license, fill out the required application along with the non-refundable fee of $300 made payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey and return the packet to the following address:

NJ Department of Banking & Insurance

Licensing Services Bureau

P.O. Box 473

Trenton, NJ 08625

Application questions are taken by phone at 609-292-7272.

Home Improvement Contractors’ licenses are issued by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

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New Jersey Business Licensing for Electricians

Electrical Contractor and Electrician Licenses in New Jersey

In New Jersey, licenses are available for electrical contractors and journeyman electricians. Information on these licenses is provided by the state’s Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.

Application instructions are provided through the Board’s website. All application packets must be signed and notarized and sent with a $100 application fee made payable to the State of New Jersey.

For inquiries, contact the Board at 973-504-6410.

Business Licensing Information for Plumbers in New Jersey

In order to do plumbing work in the state of New Jersey, the state requires you to have a license. On the website for the State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers, plumbers can access information on applying to become a plumber, rules and regulations, and the plumbing code.

More information can be obtained by calling 973-504-6420. Applications and forms are provided based on your registration needs.

Additional Business Licensing for All Businesses in New Jersey

Business and Occupational Licenses

Information for business and occupational licenses in the state of New Jersey can be obtained from the website for the state’s Business Portal. There are many professions in New Jersey that require licensure by businesses operating in the state. Permits are also provided based on your needs and requirements by the state.


New Jersey Business Tax Information

Business Tax Registration

Any business operating in the state of New Jersey must register for a tax identification number, licenses or applicable permits, sales tax accounts and unemployment insurance tax using the website for the state’s Division of Revenue. To determine your tax liability or to make online payments, consult the website linked. All of the information required for registering your business and paying taxes in New Jersey is provided through the linked PDF.

Insurance Requirements for Businesses in New Jersey

Disability Insurance

Through the Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s website, you can obtain information on getting Disability Insurance for your workers and how it works.

Unemployment Tax Requirements

Unemployment insurance is required to be paid by every business operating in New Jersey. This process is managed and regulated by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Under certain conditions, your business may need to remit payment for unemployment insurance taxes.

Workers’ Compensation Requirements

With very few exceptions, employers in the state of New Jersey who employ more than one worker must get and maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Using the Workers’ Compensation section of the state’s website, you can obtain coverage, report your intent to self-insure and verify that a company has the necessary insurance to meet the state’s requirements.

Under the law, the premiums paid for this type of insurance coverage is always paid for by the employer and should never be deducted from the employee’s earnings.

For more information, contact can be made with the Workers’ Compensation Division using the address below:

Division of Workers' Compensation NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development P.O. Box 381 Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0381 Phone: 609-292-2515

Fax 609-984-2515


New Hire Reporting Requirements for Businesses in New Jersey

Reporting New Hires

Under federal law, employers are required to report newly hired employees within 20 days of their hire date. The following information can be reported using the state’s New Hire Directory:

  • Employee’s name
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Hire date
  • Employer’s name
  • Payroll address
  • Federal identification number (FEIN)

Employers may use the website for reporting, fax the information to FAX or by sending it to the following address:

New Jersey New Hire Reporting Center

P.O. Box 4654

Trenton, NJ 08650

Phone: 877-654-4737

Fax: 800-304-4901

Licensed Contractors in New Jersey

Through the website for the Division of Consumer Affairs, licenses can be verified for contractors doing business in the state of New Jersey.