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New York Contractor License and Building Codes



State of New York Building Information


New York Home Improvement Contractor

Who Must Have a Home Improvement Contractor License?
In New York, a person or business must have a Home Improvement Contractor license if engaged in the construction, repair, remodeling, or addition to any land or building used as a residence. This includes, but is not limited to, the construction, replacement, or improvement of basements, driveways, fences, garages, landscaping, patios, porches, sidewalks, swimming pools, terraces, and other improvements to structures or upon land that is next to a home or apartment building.
For more information visit: New York Home Improvement Contractor.

Check a New York Contractor License
To check to see if an electrician is licensed, or to check the status of an Electrical Contractor in the State of New York go to: Search the New York Corporation & Business Entity Database

New York Building Permits
Many home improvements require a permit from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). Work to raise, lift, elevate, or move a house or building requires a special inspection by DOB
For more information visit: New York Building Permits.


New York Electrical Codes

The New York City Electrical Codes
The New York City 2011 Electrical Code (Local Law 39 of 2011) took full effect on July 1, 2011. To give the industry ample time to comply with the new electrical code, there will be a phase-in period from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. During this time electrical work may be performed under the old electrical code (NYC 2007 Electrical Code) or the new code (The New York City 2011 Electrical Code). Please note as of March 1, 2012 sections 27-3018(j) and 27-3021.2 of the new Electrical Code are in full effect.
More about New York Electrical Codes visit: New York Electrical Codes.

NEC National Electrical Code Adoption: 2014
Effective October 3, 2016 – with a transition period for the newly adopted Uniform Code from April 6, 2016 to October 3, 2016. The Uniform Code update incorporates the following documents by reference: 2015 I-Codes including the 2015 IECC and by reference; 2014 National Electrical Code, 2013 ASHRAE 90.1., 2016 Energy Code Update.

Please Note: Due to the nature of the electrical code adoption process, we cannot guarantee complete accuracy of this information. Please notify us of any changes you may be aware of.

Energy Codes

The New York Energy Code is adopted and required by the New York Energy Office. This code sets minimum energy efficient buildings.
For more information visit: New York Building Energy Codes Program.





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