Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

As part of the citywide response to the Coronavirus, Department of Buildings (DOB) customers are strongly encouraged to immediately limit the amount of walk-in traffic to DOB offices.

Learn about the Department of Building's COVID-19 response.

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. 

You must submit original documentation in-person to the DOB’s Licensing & Exam Unit, Monday through Friday by appointment only.


Learn more about general contractor registration and download required forms.

In Person (drop-off only)

NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 1st Floor (Atrium)
Designated licensing mailbox
New York, NY 10007

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.