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Contractor State Licensing Requirements

by 411 on Mar 14, 2013

List of contractor license requirements by state in the US. How do you find out if a contractor is licensed with links to each state's licensing board? Always check with your state, county and city requirements before any work is done. You could also consider working with your local Builder's Associations.

State Licensing Agency License Verification Laws, Rules, Regulations Building Code Requirements

Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors

State license required for home improvements of $10,000 or more
State License Board (334) 242-2230
HVAC Licensing (334) 242-5550

License
Verification

Laws, Rules & Regulations

State of Alabama Building Commission

Alabama Electrical Contractors Board

State license required
State License Board (907) 269-8160

Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board
Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
Alabama Plumbers & Gas Fitters Examining Board
License Verification Law
Rules & Regulations
State of Alabama Building Commission

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Professional Licensing

State license required
State License Board (602) 542-1525

PSI Services, LLC n/a n/a

Arizona Registrar of Contractors

Test Prep, Licensing, Bonding, Insurance, Payroll, Office Support, Web Design/Hosting.

License Verification   n/a

Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board

State license required for commercial jobs $20,000 and up (including materials and labor)
Residential jobs, check with local government
State License Board (501) 372-4661

License Verification

Residential Law, Rules & Regulations

Commercial Law, Rules & Regulations & Bond Law

n/a

California Contractors State License Board

State license required for jobs over $500
State License Board 1-800-321-2752

License Verification Laws n/a

Colorado State Electrical and Examining Board of Plumbers

No state license required, check local county planning board

License Verification

Electrical - Laws, Rules & Policies

Plumbing - Laws, Rules & Policies

n/a

Connecticut

Contractors must register with State Consumer Protection Board, Home Improvement Division
(860) 713-6000

License
Verification

n/a n/a

Contractors are licensed through the Department of Revenue
Department of Revenue (302) 577-8778

n/a n/a n/a

District of Columbia Department of Consumer & Regulator Affairs
Business and Professional Licensing Administration
(202) 442-4320

n/a n/a n/a

Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board

Contractors who wish to work statewide must pass a state exam
To work in a specific county, must possess a registered license
State License Board (850) 487-1395

License Verification n/a n/a

Georgia

Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC only requires licensing.
State Board of Construction: (912) 207-1416

n/a n/a n/a

Hawaii Contractors License Board

State license required
State License Board (808) 586-3000

License Verification Statutes & Rules n/a

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Idaho State Contractors Board

State license required only for HVAC and electrical contractors
Check local government for others
208-327-7326

License Verification State Registration Rules

Proposed Laws & Rules
n/a

Illinois

State license required for plumbing, roofing, and electrical
Check local government for other trades
State License Board (217) 782-0458

n/a

n/a

n/a

Indiana
No state license required, check local government

n/a

n/a

n/a

Iowa
Contractors are licensed through the Labor Division
Call (515) 281-3606

n/a

n/a

n/a

Kansas

No state license required, check local government

n/a

n/a

n/a

Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction\

Only HVAC contractors require a state license, check local government for others
HVAC License: Department of Housing, Building & Construction (502) 564-8090

License Verification Division of Fire Prevention

Statutes & Regulations
Building Code Enforcement

Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors

Contractors Licensing Board 800-256-1392
State license required for commercial contractors and
residential contractors performing work over $50,000.

    n/a
Maine
Maine Public Protection Office (207) 626-8849
n/a n/a n/a

Maryland Home Improvement Commission

Home improvement contractors must register with the Home Improvement Commission
Builders (new construction), check local government
Home Improvement Commission (410) 333-6309

License Verification Law n/a

MASSACHUSETTS
Home improvement contractors must register with Director of Home Improvement Registration (617)727-8598
Builders (new construction), require a Construction Supervisor's License
Cashier's Office/Licensing (617) 727-3200

n/a n/a n/a

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry

State license required
State License Department (651) 296-6319
Plumbers licensed through the Department of Health (651) 215-0836

License Verification

n/a

Building Code

Mississippi State Board of Contractors

601-354-6161

License Verification Laws n/a

MISSOURI
No state license required, check local government

n/a n/a n/a

Montana Department of Labor and Industry
Construction Contractor Registration
State license required only for government jobs, check local government for others

License Verification n/a n/a
NEBRASKA
State license required only for Journeyman Electricians, check local government for others
n/a n/a n/a

Nevada State Contractors Board

State license required
State Contractors Board (702) 486-1100

License Verification Rules, Regulations & Statutes n/a

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

State license required for builders (new construction)
Check local government for home improvement contractors
Office of Community Affairs (Licensing) (609) 984-1704

License Verification

Laws and Regulations

n/a

New Mexico Construction Industries Division
Contractors must register with Construction Industries Division (505) 827-7030

License Verification Rules & Law n/a

NEW YORK
No state license required, check local government

n/a n/a n/a

North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

State license required for jobs over $30,000 (labor & materials)
Others check local Department of Revenue
State License Board (919) 571-4183
State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
(919) 875-3612

License Verification Laws & Rules  

North Dakota State Electrical Board

NORTH DAKOTA
State license required
North Dakota Secretary of State (701) 328-3665

License Verification

Laws and Rules

n/a

Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
No state license required, check local government

License Verification Laws/Rules  

Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

State license required only for termite extermination
Check local government for others
Department of Agriculture (405) 521-3864

License Verification Rules & Regulations International Code Council

Oregon Construction Contractors Board

State license required
Construction Contractors Board (541) 365-7484

License Verification Statutes & Rules n/a

PENNSYLVANIA
No state license required, check local government

n/a n/a n/a

Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board

State license required
(401) 222-1270

License Verification n/a n/a

South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board


Contractors must register with South Carolina Residential Builders Commission 803-896-4686

Laws/Policies  

SOUTH DAKOTA
Sewer and Water Contractor License through the state only. Check local government.

n/a n/a n/a

Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors
State license required for jobs over $25,000
Home improvement license required for jobs $3,000-$24,999
Contractors Board (615) 741-8307

License Verification Laws, Rules & Legislation n/a

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Plumbers, Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors
must be state-licensed.
Plumbing: 512-458-2145
HVAC: 512-463-6599
For all other contractors, check local government.

License Verification Statutes & Administrative Rules n/a

Utah Construction Trades Bureau
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

State license required
State License Board (801) 530-6628

License Verification Statutes & Rules Utah Chapter ICC

Virginia Board for Contractors
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

State license required
Board of Contractors (804) 367-8511

License Verification Law & Policy Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code
VERMONT
Business license required
Secretary of State (802) 828-2363
n/a n/a n/a

Washington Department of Labor and Industries

WASHINGTON
Must register with State Department of Labor and Industries, Contractor Registration Division
(800) 647-0982 to check license

License Verification Laws & Rules n/a

West Virginia Contractors Licensing Board
Division of Labor

State license required for jobs over $1,000 (labor & materials)
West Virginia Division of Labor (304) 558-7890

License Verification n/a n/a

WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Division of Safety & Buildings (608) 261-8500.

n/a n/a n/a

WYOMING
No state license required unless it is "wired" you must have both personal and company licenses. Contact the division of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety in Cheyenne

n/a n/a n/a

** Please note that we update our web site with updates when state requirements change; however always check with your state, county and city requirements before any work is done. If you find any of this information is incorrect, please contact us.

You could also consider working with your local Builder's Associations

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