New York Business Licensing Information for Contractors


New York independent contractors

Contractor’s License Requirements in New York

With the exception of asbestos abatement work, general contractors in the state of New York are not licensed on a state level. Interested parties must inquire through the appropriate local agencies for applications, required forms and fees.

New York Business Licensing for Electricians

Electrical Contractor and Electrician Licenses in New York

Electricians in the state of New York are not licensed on a state level. Interested parties must inquire through the appropriate local agencies for applications, required forms and fees.

Business Licensing Information for Plumbers in New York

Plumbers operating in the state of New York are not licensed on a state level. Interested parties must inquire through the appropriate local agencies for applications, required forms and fees.

Additional Business Licensing for All Businesses in New York

Business and Occupational Licenses

Information for business and occupational licenses in the state of New York can be obtained from the website for the Office of the Professions. There are many professions in New York that require licensure by businesses operating in the state.

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New York Business Tax Information

Business Tax Registration

Any business operating in the state of New York 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 Department of Taxation and Finance. To determine your tax liability or to make online payments, consult the website linked.

Sales and use taxes along with other tax related forms can be obtained through the linked website.

Insurance Requirements for Businesses in New York

Disability Insurance

Information can be obtained on your requirements for obtaining Disability Insurance through the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board. Here you will learn who can claim this insurance, definitions and the plans available to your employees.

Unemployment Tax Requirements

Unemployment insurance is required to be paid by every business operating in New York. This process is managed and regulated by the state’s Department of Labor. In addition, employers and businesses can use this section of the website to register the business, pay premiums and report wages. 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 York who employ more than one worker must get and maintain Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Using the Employers/Businesses 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:

NYS Workers’ Compensation Board

328 State Street

Schenectady, NY 12305-2318

Phone: 877-632-4996

New Hire Reporting Requirements for Businesses in New York

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 Directory of New Hires:

  • 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 518-320-1080 or by sending it to the following address:

New York State Dept of Taxation and Finance

New Hire Notification

P.O. Box 15119

Albany, NY 12212-5119

Licensed Contractors in New York

To verify licensure in the state of New York, users can find information on the website for NYC Buildings. You may also call 212-393-2259 for more information.