The article says about general constructors of New York: what these people do, why do people need them, what are their responsibilities and how to get necessary license which are required for work as a contractor.


General contractors are people who supervise the construction or demolition of buildings. General contractor is a leader of group of subcontractors; general contractor involve them into the unified work. He or she accomplishes work according to work agreement. General contractor's responsibility includes work under control of the client.

 

General contractor's responsibilities include: development and applying of necessary technical documentation, building provision, requirements of technical regulations provision, providing of personal and ecological safety, regularity and preservation of the object provision.

General contractors in New York City must register with the New York City Department of Buildings (also known as DOB).
Contractors must also have an active tracking number with the NYC Department of Buildings licensing unit.

All contractors who build one-, two-, and three-family homes must register with the Department to obtain New Building permits.

There are general contractors in New York who are licensed at the state level – asbestos handling contractors and crane operators.


For getting these licenses the contractor must visit the New York Department of Labor. To get a general contractor license in New York it is necessary to go through the city or county agencies where the general contractor will be working. This is also applicable for every other type of construction-related work (except for those which were already written).


Home improvement contractors — the license which in the majority of cases applies to general contractors throughout the whole New York City — must be granted a license to work in the cities of New York and Buffalo and in the counties of Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, and Putnam.

 

The requirements for a New York Contractors license include submitting an application and appropriate fee, proof of identity (e.g. driver’s license) and proof of liability insurance coverage and (if you will be employing any staff or contractors) workers’ compensation insurance.


Some municipalities require a necessary criminal background check. In addition to these requirements, the general contractor will also have to make sure he or she has the proper business licensing by the state and his or her local jurisdiction to perform services and future responsibilities.

Most cities in New York also require contractors to obtain a surety bond prior to beginning work on any type of construction project. For exaction of amount required varies widely by city it is important to investigate the local rules for bonding before commencing a construction project.

General contractors are needed to bring your renovation, repair or home improvement project from conception to completion.

 

1. Who is general contractor?

People who supervise the construction or demolition of buildings.

2. What are general contractor’s responsibilities?

Development and applying of necessary technical documentation, building provision, requirements of technical regulations provision, providing of personal and ecological safety, regularity and preservation of the object provision.

3. Where must general contractor register?

With the New York City Department of Buildings (also known as DOB).

4. What general contractors are licensed at the state level?

Asbestos handling contractors and crane operators.

5. What can some municipalities also require?

Criminal background check.

 

Author

The information in this article was taken from the author’s experience. The author lived in New York for six years observing the work of different building companies. The article was written with the assistance of Jacob Marley who worked as general contractor with the project Manhattan West Southeast Tower.

 

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