Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-10-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
Pro
 
Ben of Hyde's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arcadia California
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


I just heard that New York Doesn't Require Licenses for General Contractors ... Only Asbestos, Crane & maybe Demolition companies do.

I was talking to my Painting sub on the phone about tomorrow and he was crying about California regulations, when he mentioned NY.


Is it True?

What other states let just anyone contract?
Ben of Hyde is offline  

Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ContractorTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

   
 

Old 01-10-2010, 07:12 PM   #2
The Remodeler
 
Splinter's Avatar
 
Trade: Home Remodeler
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,323
Rewards Points: 672

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Licenses are issued at County level... I have to have one license for EACH county I work in here on Long Island. Also some smaller villages require their own as well. NY State doesnt issue construction licenses.

__________________
- Alex

Long Island Remodeling Contractor
Splinter is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:16 PM   #3
Pro
 
Ben of Hyde's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arcadia California
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


WTF!

One license for each county? I thought many of you guys work "Tri-state" ... is their a course to take like a test or is it just a pay over the counter thing ... like our business licenses? California has a State license and then you have to get local business licenses for each city or county, but those are just for tax purposes.
Ben of Hyde is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:17 PM   #4
Pro
 
kubie's Avatar
 
Trade: general contractor
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Central Wisconsin
Posts: 434
Rewards Points: 278

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


http://www.reliableremodeler.com/lic_req.asp
kubie is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:19 PM   #5
"Pro"
 
Ayerzee's Avatar
 
Trade: Construction Engineering Student
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Malvern, OH
Posts: 628
Rewards Points: 500
Send a message via AIM to Ayerzee

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Nothing for Ohio, hope it changes...
__________________
Dan
Ayerzee is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:28 PM   #6
Pro
 
Ben of Hyde's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arcadia California
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Nothing!?!

Not even for Commercial?
Ben of Hyde is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:37 PM   #7
DavidC
 
DavidC's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeler
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: NNY
Posts: 2,550
Rewards Points: 2,006

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


In our locale there are no licenses on the county level, only plumbing and heating licenses within the city limits. You do need proof of insurance or a waiver to pull a permit as a contractor. HO's can pull a permit by signing a waiver.

Good Luck
Dave
__________________
www.CookContractingLLC.com
DavidC is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:38 PM   #8
Pro
 
Ben of Hyde's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arcadia California
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


You must hold a state license do Electrical, HVAC, Refrigeration, Plumbing, or Hydronics work in Ohio. General construction contractors may need to be licensed at the local level. Check with the city or county for licensing information and requirements.


For Once I like California's system better!


Quick Research page for state requirements...
Ben of Hyde is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 07:52 PM   #9
Da Grump
 
plummen's Avatar
 
Trade: retired plumbing/electrical/hvac
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: south of omaha
Posts: 437
Rewards Points: 286

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


general contractors license in nebraska is just a registration.electrical license is a state isue,a few citys have their own electricians license.plumbing licenses are done by city/county,mechanical is city/county
plummen is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 08:06 PM   #10
Pro
 
Ben of Hyde's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arcadia California
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Montana Has a license for Boxers.

http://app.mt.gov/lookup/





I can't think of a single famous boxer out of Montana .... and now I know why.
Ben of Hyde is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 08:27 PM   #11
Pro
 
rjconstructs's Avatar
 
Trade: Residential remodel
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posts: 589
Rewards Points: 616

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


No license for general contractors in Oklahoma. Electricians, plumbers and Heat & Air have to be. No roofing permits.
rjconstructs is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 08:31 PM   #12
Pro
 
rjconstructs's Avatar
 
Trade: Residential remodel
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posts: 589
Rewards Points: 616

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Montana Has a license for Boxers.


Do they mean like prize fighters? They have to be licensed? Wow
rjconstructs is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 08:32 PM   #13
Focusing on solutions.
 
pinwheel's Avatar
 
Trade: hardwood floor contractor & so much more
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 3,407
Rewards Points: 3,358

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


No license in MO for general contractors. I license in each city I work in.
pinwheel is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 08:44 PM   #14
Pro
 
Ben of Hyde's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Arcadia California
Posts: 215
Rewards Points: 150

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


What does it take to get a license in each city? is their a competency test?



.... or is it like my Dog's License?
Ben of Hyde is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 08:50 PM   #15
Pro
 
galla35's Avatar
 
Trade: Framer
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Toledo Ohio
Posts: 440
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben of Hyde View Post
Montana Has a license for Boxers.

http://app.mt.gov/lookup/





I can't think of a single famous boxer out of Montana .... and now I know why.


And wrestlers or kickboxers ha
galla35 is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 10:28 PM   #16
Focusing on solutions.
 
pinwheel's Avatar
 
Trade: hardwood floor contractor & so much more
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 3,407
Rewards Points: 3,358

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben of Hyde View Post
What does it take to get a license in each city? is their a competency test?



.... or is it like my Dog's License?
Nope, pay my $25-50 annual license fee.
pinwheel is offline  
Old 01-10-2010, 10:31 PM   #17
Electrosexual
 
Zinsco's Avatar
 
Trade: Electrical Contractor
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: L O S A N G E L E S
Posts: 254
Rewards Points: 250

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben of Hyde View Post
Montana Has a license for Boxers.
Zinsco is offline  
Old 01-11-2010, 04:35 AM   #18
Pro
 
Big Shoe's Avatar
 
Trade: Home repairs,drywall,trim. Mesh addict.
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 3,024
Rewards Points: 3,280

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


We should have a thread on what statesdo require a contractor to be licensed? I'll bet it would be a shorter list.

Here in Florida you need a license to do everything!
Big Shoe is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Big Shoe For This Useful Post:
TAHomeRepairs (08-31-2012)
Old 01-11-2010, 05:49 AM   #19
Pro
 
SDC's Avatar
 
Trade: Remodeling
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 312
Rewards Points: 254

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Nothing in NH for GC's, or to pull permits.
Electricians & plumbers have licenses.
This needs to change.
Mass, you need a Construction Supervisors License to do the work and a HIC (Home Improvement Contractors License) to pull the permit.
__________________
David Cookman
Twitter
SDC is offline  
Old 01-11-2010, 06:18 AM   #20
Pro
 
Joasis's Avatar
 
Trade: General Contractor
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Hennessey, Oklahoma
Posts: 7,517
Rewards Points: 3,416

Re: Which States Don't Require A Contractor License?


Quote:
Originally Posted by Ben of Hyde View Post
Nothing!?!

Not even for Commercial?
What do you suppose a license does anyway?

Isn't California and a few other states tightly regulated, but hacks work away?

When we build new homes, the insurance and experience do as much to regulate who works as a "tax" and a piece of paper. When we do commercial work, it is about the same...a hack doesn't get in the door, since they usually don't have the experience, credit, contacts, or know how to get the job anyway.

We have beat this horse to death in many threads, and those of us that live in states without licensing are as qualified as contractors who have passed multiple tests......the license does not get the job.

Oklahoma will soon have statewide licensing to insure "compliance" with WC laws, "experience", and insurance, but we have that covered. What this really means is A: a new tax, and B: another way to insure we are buying insurance. A test does not mean the work will be exceptional.

Except for hack remodelers and flippers, who has an example of an unlicensed contractor landing a really good project?

__________________
Ladwig Construction
Hennessey, Oklahoma
405 853 1563

Insulated Concrete Homes / ICF's
My Facebook Page
Joasis is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Joasis For This Useful Post:
DavidC (01-11-2010)

Tags
cslb, license, requirement, states


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why does code note require gfci breakers on electric water heaters? bob_cntrctr Electrical 187 09-30-2009 02:26 PM
21 states claiming sovereignty, Oh no..... maleko Off Topic (Non Trade) 31 02-28-2009 07:25 AM
How to easily get grants from the United States Agencies? PMI General Discussion 10 01-13-2009 07:16 AM

Join Now... It's Fast and FREE!

I am a professional contractor
I am a DIY Homeowner
Drywall Talk is for
PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS ONLY!

At DrywallTalk.com we cater exlusivly to professional contractors who make their living as a contractor. Knowing that many homeowners and DIYers are looking for a community to call home, we've created www.DIYChatroom.com DIY Chatroom is full of helpful advices and perfect for DIY homeowners.

Redirecing in 10 seconds
No Thanks
terms of service

Already Have an Account?