If you're a general contractor seeking permits to build 1-, 2-, or 3-family homes, you must register with the Department of Buildings (DOB). DOB will only approve building permits to registered general contractors for these projects.

In order to become a registered General Contractor, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to read and write in English.
  • Have good moral character so as to not adversely impact upon fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a General Contractor.
  • Pass a background investigation.

Unregistered general contractors who are found building 1-, 2-, or 3-family homes may face violations, stop work orders, criminal charges, and/or seizure of vehicles and construction tools. 

Learn more about general contractor registration.

Learn more about how to:

Submitting Application

All new license applications are required to be submitted online in DOB Now, use an eFiling account to login to DOB NOW and select the BIS Options portal.

Download New License Application Step-by-Step Guide.

If you already have a DOB eFiling account, you can log into DOB NOW and select the BIS Options portal.

Log into DOB NOW.

If you don't have an account, you can create a new eFiling account. 

Register with eFiling.

Additional Assistance

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for help.

Starting on June 3, 2024, all existing and new DOB NOW users are required to have an NYC.ID account.

  • Users will complete a one-time process of creating an NYC.ID account
  • An NYC.ID account is required to access DOB NOW:
    • Build
    • Safety
    • BIS Options
    • Licensing
  • DOB NOW: Inspections and eFiling account registration is not changing and will not require an NYC.ID account

See NYC.ID announcement.

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