Register as a home improvement contractor

Are you a contractor making home improvements to an existing home? You need to register with our Office.
Once you've submitted all documents and fees, you should receive your registration in the mail within 1-2 weeks.

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

The Details

What you need

Who must register?

Contractors and subcontractors who perform home improvement work on an existing, 1- to 4-unit residential property in Massachusetts must register.

You can register as:

  • An Individual

  • A proprietorship

  • A partnership

  • A corporation

What documentation is required?

If you are a corporation, you must submit documentation showing that your business is registered with the Secretary of State's Office. If filing as a Doing Business As (DBA), you must provide a current copy of the business certificate filed with the city or town clerk where your business is located. Failure to submit this documentation will result in the denial or delay of your registration.

What are the application fees?

  • Registration fee ($150)
  • Mandatory contribution to the Guaranty Fund (based on size of your company) 

    0 to 3 employees: $100

    4 to 10 employees: $200

    11 to 30 employees: $300

    More than 30 employees: $500

Both must be paid by separate certified check or money order. We do not accept cash or personal checks.

Registration must be renewed every 2 years and applicants must pay a $100 renewal fee. If you're looking to renew a registration, please click here:


Name Fee Unit
Registration fee $150 Every 2 years
Guaranty Fund one-time

How to register

Log in or create an account on our registration portal.

Payment by credit card is accepted when registering online.

Download and fill out our registration form. Be sure to include money order or bank check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mail application and payment to: 

Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Home Improvement Contractor Program
1 Ashburton Place
Suite 1301
Boston, MA 02108

Walk-in service for HIC registrations is available. Bring your completed registration form to:

1 Ashburton Place
Suite 1301
Boston, MA 02108

Be sure to bring a money order or bank check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

More info

Be sure the information you are providing is current. It is the contractor's obligation to notify OCABR whenever there are changes to the information provided.

Your application will be processed in the order it is received. Incomplete applications will be returned.

For questions on the status of your application, please call our hotline at (617) 973-8787.





501 Boylston Street, Suite 5100, Boston, MA 02116
Home Improvement Contractor Registrations and Renewals
1 Ashburton Place, Suite 1301, Boston, MA 02108
Home Improvement Contractor Complaint and Enforcement Hearings
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, MA 02118
(617) 973-8799


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