New York Contractor FAQ

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New York licensing requirements differ by municipality. Contact your local office for details. Our courses are approved for East Hampton.

Q: Are your courses approved for East Hampton contractor continuing education?

Yes, our courses are approved by the East Hampton Town Clerk Office.

Q: Who needs an East Hampton contractor license?

It is unlawful for any persons, other than those exempt under the provisions below, to engage in the home improvement contracting business in the Town of East Hampton without first obtaining a license from the East Hampton Town Clerk’s office in accordance with and subject to the provisions of this chapter.

Such license or a copy thereof shall be available at all of the contractor’s work sites and shall be produced to any official having jurisdiction upon demand. All subcontractors engaged in providing home improvement, who are not employees of a licensed home improvement contractor, must have their own respective home improvement contractor’s license.

§ 156-5 Exempted operations.

  • An owner of residential property carrying out, engaging in, or undertaking a home improvement or home improvements on residential property which they own.
  • An electrical contractor, engaged solely in performing electrical work, who holds a valid electrical contractor’s license from the Suffolk County Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.
  • An individual employee of a licensee who is paid wages or salary by such licensee for his work.
  • A member or partner of a firm, partnership or other entity which is a licensed home improvement contractor who performs labor or services for such licensee.
  • A stockholder or officer of a licensee corporation who performs labor or services for such licensee.
  • An architect, professional engineer or any other person who is required by state, county, or Town law to attain standards of competency or experience as a prerequisite to engaging in such craft or profession and who is acting exclusively within the scope of the craft or profession for which he is currently certified or licensed.

Q: What are the penalties for contracting in East Hampton while not licensed?

Violations.

A person shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter when he:

  • Conducts or engages in any home improvement project or business without having first obtained a license therefor, except as provided for in this chapter.
  • Conducts or engages in any home improvement project or business not authorized by his home improvement contractor’s license.
  • Conducts or engages in any such home improvement project or business while his license is suspended or revoked.
  • Conducts, engages in or carries out any particular home improvement or home improvement activity specifically prohibited by his license as modified or limited by action of the Licensing Review Board hereunder.
  • Engages in any of the acts prohibited by the provisions of § 156-16 or any other provision of this chapter.

For the purposes of the preceding subsection, a person shall be deemed to have conducted or engaged in a home improvement business when he enters into a contract with an owner wherein he agrees to carry out a home improvement. Each such contract entered into and each and every day of actual home improvement business, activity or work engaged in or conducted pursuant to such contract or of particular prohibited conduct shall constitute a separate and distinct violation of this chapter.

Penalties

  • Upon conviction of any violation as above defined and set forth in this chapter, a person shall be punishable for each and every violation as follows:
    • For conviction of a first offense, the imposition of a fine not exceeding $1,000 or limitation, suspension or revocation of the contractor’s home improvement contractor’s license for a period of up to one year pursuant to the provisions of § 156-15 hereof, or both;
    • For conviction of a second offense, both of which were committed within a period of five years, the imposition of a fine not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,500 or limitation, suspension or revocation of the contractor’s home improvement contractor’s license for a period of up to one year pursuant to the provisions of § 156-15 hereof, or both;
    • For conviction of a third or subsequent offense, all of which were committed within a period of five years, the imposition of a fine not less than $2,500 nor more than $5,000 or limitation, suspension or revocation of the contractor’s home improvement contractor’s license for a period of up to one year pursuant to the provisions of § 156-15 hereof, or both.
  • Payment of all fines imposed by the Licensing Review Board shall be delivered to the Town Clerk within 120 days of the date of filing of the determination of the Board. In the event that payment is not made within the aforementioned period, no license or renewal license shall be approved until such fines have been paid in full.

Q: Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in East Hampton?

No

Q: Does East Hampton require a general contractor license for commercial work?

No.

Q: What fees are associated with getting an East Hampton contractor license?

$250

Q: How do I get an East Hampton contractor license?

  1. Meet the requirements for licensure
    • Must be at least 18 years of age
    • Be of good character and financially responsible
  2. Complete 10-hours of East Hampton approved continuing education.
  3. File a an Application with the town clerk.

Q: Is continued education required for East Hampton contractors?

Yes, 10 hours of continuing education are due each year.

Q: Are your courses approved by the East Hampton Town Clerk for contractor continuing education?

Yes! Proof of approval.

Q: How does East Hampton know I have completed my courses?

East Hampton requires the licensee to submit their own continuing education. After completing your courses through Builders License Training Institute, you will receive a printable certificate.

Q: How often do I need to complete continuing education?

You must meet these educational requirements every year to coincide with your licensing renewal period.

Q: How do I renew my East Hampton contractor license?

  1. Complete 10-hours of East Hampton approved continuing education for each year of your two year licensing cycle.
  2. File a an Application with the town clerk.

Q: What is the fee to renew my East Hampton contractor license?

$250

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Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

Each course lists the total amount of hours for the course. However, we cover materials quickly and many contractors like to re-watch materials. In other words, this question really depends on your learning style. We recommend that you go through the course as many times as you need to be comfortable with the material and any applicable reference books. The more familiar you are with the materials, the better you will do on your exam!

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

This varies depending on whether the course is continuing education or exam prep.

There are no quizzes for continuing education courses in Michigan. All other states with continuing education require quizzes to check completion progress.

In exam prep courses there will be a short quiz at the end of each lesson and there is also a longer practice test at the end of each course. These quizzes and tests will help you practice taking an exam and identify areas you may wish to study more.

Practice tests are just that: for practice. You will have the opportunity to retake the practice tests until you do pass. The practice tests are there to help you get used to the process of using your reference materials and finding the correct answers during an exam. If you don’t pass on the first try, take the time to note what sections of the material you need to review.

You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.

Town Clerk
Town of East Hampton
159 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, New York 11937
(631) 324-4142

City of Buffalo
Department of Permit & Inspection Services
Office of Licenses

65 Niagara Square City Hall 301
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 851-4798
City of Buffalo Licensing Application

Nassau County Department of Consumer Affairs
40 Old Country Rd
Mineola, NY 11501
(516) 571-2600
consumeraffairs@nassaucountynyny.gov
Nassau County Licensing Application

Department of Consumer Protection
148 Martine Avenue, Room 407
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 995-2211
https://www.westchestergov.com/consumer
Westchester County Licensing Application

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