Contractor’s License Requirements
A contractor’s license is required by prime (general) contractors whenever the total cost is $25,000 or more, prior to offering a price, bid or contract. A contractor’s license is also required by many subcontractors; those performing electrical, plumbing, HVAC, mechanical; when the cost is $25,000 or more. Effective January 1, 2011, masonry subcontractors are also required to be licensed as contractors whenever the total cost (including materials and labor) is $100,000 or more. Effective January 1, 2014, roofing subcontractors will be required to be licensed, as well as prime, for projects $25,000 or more.
Summary of License Requirements
- Prime (General) Contractors - Bidding or contracting directly with the owner;
- Subcontractors - Bidding directly to a prime (general) contractor to perform the following:
o Electrical; Mechanical; Plumbing; and HVAC when the total cost is $25,000 or more;
effective January 1, 2014, *Roofing; and Masonry projects $100,000 and up (includes all materials, equipment, and labor). • Construction Management of any kind, where the value of the project is $25,000 or more.
Examples of contractors license classifications include but not limited to: Building (BC - Residential, Commercial and Industrial); Electrical (CE – Electrical Work for Buildings and Structures, Signs, Low Voltage for Conduit, Telephone Lines, Sound and Intercom System, Alarms, Cable TV, etc. ); Mechanical (CMC – Plumbing, HVAC, Process Piping, Fire Sprinklers, Boilers, etc.)
Projects Less Than $25,000
Home Improvement (HI) License ($3,000 and up)
Electrician - Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE)
Plumber - Limited Licensed Plumber (LLP)
HVAC - EPA Certification