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Old 11-29-2012, 07:23 PM   #41
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I personally think that the state should have the ability to grant a special license for remodelers for residential wiring and plumbing. How many times during a job that wiring or plumbing needs to be done during the process? It's funny in Montana the homeowner can do all plumbing and wiring but I can't. I've had an inspector give me a booklet on basic residential wiring made for homeowners because he knows guys like us are doing it anyway. That's the way it should be. For many years up where I live the nearest electrical and plumbing contractors were a 100 miles away.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:48 AM   #42
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The plumbers and electricians may not like that idea, but I agree. We have seperate licenses for repair, residential, and commercial GC, why not have a residential plumbing and electrical licenses?

You have to know your basics to pass the IRC test, and for the most part, residential plumbing/electrical is not very complicated. If it can pass inspection and meet/ exeed code requirements, why not?

Our local authorities tend to turn a blind eye to minor repairs done by local remodelers, in fact, I haven't had an onsite inspection in years. (I'm not so sure this is a good thing though) As long as I have the permit here, they leave me alone.

Small town, rural community- they just want the permit so they know what improvements are being made so they can raise the property taxes. Our local inspector has zero construction experience, but we have a board of trades made up of local contractors. I tend to think there is a bit of conflict of interest there. Don't get me started on politics!
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Totally agree, Ryan. We shouldn't have to know how to rewire motors or plumb the empire state building just to wire and plumb a kitchen or bath.
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Massachusetts

Mass License.
CSL Unrestricted (00)
Restricted (1G) 1 & 2 Family
CSL Specialty (WS) Windows/Siding
CSL Specialty (RF) Roofing
CSL Specialty (1A) Masonry
CSL Specialty (DM) Demolition
CSL Specialty (IC) Insulation
CSL Specialty (SF) Burning Fuel burning
also electric
plumbing
hoisters license to operate bobcat
excavators
And other crap i cant think of right now

And once you aqquire these licenses pay all the fees buy code books ect OH wait you still cant operate as a contractor as you also need to be a Registered H I C and of course pay that fee and also pay a gaurentee fund fee
They used to waive the H I C fee for licensed csl's but they werent makin enough dough so that exemption disapeared! ya know we gots to support g ubmnts spending addiction
This state su(ks

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Colorado

Colorado does not have General Contracting or Licensing for builders or carpenters, but it does have licensing for Electricians and Plumbers. HVAC is also not licensed in Colorado. That said individual counties within Colorado are starting to req. licensing. From what I have also seen in the area where I live and work, proper liability insurance is not even required! I have to compete against a large number of uninsured contractors who will work for much less.

The next county over (Montezuma county) doesn't even have a building department, all that is required for inspection is state plumbing and electrical.

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COLORADO

No contractor licensing .....

other than some sort of Mechanical, (Plumbing & HVAC), & Electrician certification.

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The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) licenses Commercial Contractors for the following trades: Electrical, HVAC, Hydronics, Plumbing, and Refrigeration.

There is no licensing for residential or general contractors - sadly. In many of the areas I work in there is not even any code enforcement - no permits, no inspections, nothing.
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It's baffling how all of these other states survive without the constant licensing pressure and heavy handed government oversight!
I'm not a fan of big brother telling me what to do but, at least where I am at, there needs to be some oversight. I have seen some pretty hairy stuff that guys are pulling of because of there not being licensing or inspections in this area; drywall screws in joist hangers, 7/16" OSB sub floor, and much more.
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NEW YORK

As stated, no state-wide licensing. In Westchester County, general contractors, roofers, carpenters, handy-men, etc are required to take a basic exam on contract wording and format. Plumbers and electricians have their own respective licensing. HVAC guys are only required to have a home improvement license.


CONNECTICUT

Contractors, carpenters, roofers, etc. have a state-wide license for HO,e improvement contractors. Plumbing, HVAC and electrical I believe have a series of licenses for the levels from apprentice to master mechanic.

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ALASKA

General contractor limited to performing work equal to less than 25% of the structure: Alaska business license, pay for a contractors license, have a $5000 bond. I think 1 mil general liabilities insurance required.

To add a residential endorsement, which allows you to legally build a whole home for a client, take "Advanced cold climate building techniques" course and pass test. This is a very good course. Also take 4 hour basic construction/safety/detailed open book irc knowledge test. Questions vary from which way do you tighten a circ saw arbor to what is the minimum size and spacing for vertical rebar for an 8" poured basement wall 9' tall in type CL soils with 7' of unbalanced backfill. Also take continuing education yearly. Up bond to $10,000.

Anchorage, more than half the states population, has additional municipal licensing requirements.

In city limits of larger cities, plumbing and electricical license required to do such work. Homeowners can do their own work.

This is off the top of my head
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Ohio

The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) licenses Commercial Contractors for the following trades: Electrical, HVAC, Hydronics, Plumbing, and Refrigeration.

There is no licensing for residential or general contractors - sadly. In many of the areas I work in there is not even any code enforcement - no permits, no inspections, nothing.
So. I can build a home In Ohio without a general contractors license just so long as I hire licensed subs??
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So. I can build a home In Ohio without a general contractors license just so long as I hire licensed subs??
Yup.
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You won't make any money though if you're trying compete..
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Please guys, refer to post number one in this thread. (The print in red)
http://www.contractortalk.com/f63/ho...5/#post1153744
My intent when starting this thread was to keep the debate and opinions out of this so it would be easier to find the info needed without wading too much. (More of an index, if you will)

You're all good to start a separate thread in the licensing section about a particular issue, concern, or whatever you want to comment about.

Don't feel bad if one of your posts were just deleted since I deleted several of my own on this thread.

I had to clean it up a little so it was easier to find the state you were looking for here.

If you have any updates, etc. or can help explain a state that was not covered, please follow the format and bold the state name in red.

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NEW MEXICO
New Mexico has lots of licensing requirements. Here is a list:

GA Classifications-Asphalt Contractor for Vehicular Traffic
GA-1. Streets, roads and highways, including tunnels, parking lots, alleys, seal coat and surfacing.
GA-2. Maintenance and repair.
GA-3. Curbs, gutters and culverts.
GA-4. Striping.
GA-5 Highway signs and guard rails.
GA-98. Asphalt, bitumen and concrete construction. Requires licensure in classifications GA-1 through GA-5, and covers all work authorized in those classifications.

GB Classifications -Residential and commercial building.
GB-2. Residential
GB-98. General building (Residential & Commercial)

GF -Fixed works.
GF-1. Airports
GF-2. Bridges
GF-3. Canals, reservoirs, irrigation systems
GF-4. Drainage or flood control systems
GF-5. Recreation areas
GF-6. Railroad and tunnel construction
GF-7. Tanks and towers
GF-8. Transmission lines, tanks and substations (non-electrical).
GF-9. Utility lines and systems, (sewage, natural gas and underground telephone cables)
GF-98. Construct, alter or repair fixed works facilities. Requires licensure in classifications GF-1 through GF-9 and covers all work described in these classifications.

GS Classification - Specialty classifications.

GS-4. Concrete, cement, walkways and driveways
GS-5 Demolition
GS-6 Door installation
GS-7. Drywall installation and texture
GS-8. Earthmoving, excavating and ditching
GS-9. Elevators, escalators, conveyors and related machinery (non-electrical)
GS-13. Framing
GS-14 Glazing, windows, weather stripping, storm door and window installation
GS-15 Caissons, piers and pile driving
GS-16. Masonry
GS-21. Roofing
GS-23 Sign construction (non-electrical)
GS-24. Structural steel erection
GS-25. Swimming pools (non-mechanical/electrical)
GS-30. Plastering, stucco and lathing
GS-34 Concrete coring, drilling and slab sawing
GS-A. The GS-A classification is a sub-category of the specialty classification. It is a miscellaneous classification that is used to identify and consolidate specialties on a case-by-case basis.

Electrical Classifications
EE-98. Residential and commercial electrical wiring 5000 volts, nominal or less
ER-1. Residential electrical wiring
EL-1. Electrical distribution and transmission systems over 5000 volts, nominal.
ES-1. Electrical signs and outline lighting
ES-2. Cathodic protection and lightening protection systems.
ES-3. Low voltage special systems (under 50 volts)
ES-7. Telephone communication systems
ES-10 R. Residential water well pump installer
ES-10. Water well pump installer

Mechanical Classifications
MM-1. Plumbing
MM-2. Natural gas fitting
MM-3. Heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC)
MM-4. Heating, cooling and process piping
MM-98 Mechanical. Requires licensure in classifications MM-1 through MM-4 and covers all work described in these classifications, as well as work described in the MS-3, MS-6, MS-12 and MS-14.

MS-3 Septic tanks & sewer
MS-6. Lawn sprinklers
MS-12. Fire protection sprinkler systems
MS-14. Dry chemical fire protection

Note: In both electrical and mechanical classifications journeymen are required to perform the work. The license in these classifications only allows you to bid and contract work, not perform it. Conversely the journeyman can perform work, but cannot bid or contract work. Thus a symbiotic relationship is formed between the contractor and journeyman. They need each other to survive.GF, GA, GB, and GS classifications do not require journeymen.

In general, classifications that end with "98" require 4 years of hands on experience, and the others require two. Licensing, and testing is handled by PSI for the NM Construction Industries Division. Applicants must submit a Qualifying Party Application, as well as a Work Experience Affidavit. The approval forms can be found here http://www.constructionseminars.com/forms.html Feel free to reply here, or contact me with any questions on the process. I help guys get licensed in NM for a living, so I have a lot of useless knowledge floating around my skull.
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Pretty sad when all these counties require licenses. Men used to go to work to support there families .what the ####. A lic does not make u a good contractor .just a lic to be taxed good old government in your pocket .Have been in the trade over 30 yrs never had a lic. Still pay my taxes glad I will be retiring very soon. Now having problems getting paid from contractors. Was never like this people were happy to pay you for your hard work. maybe I will retire tomorrow.
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I know you don't need a license for carpentry in maine. There are some folks who would to change that though
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I'm trying to find out test prep for my state of Louisiana

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