When is a subcontractor required to be licensed?

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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
    • Subcontractors - Bidding directly to a prime (general) contractor to perform the following:
      • 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).

Other "subcontractors", such as flooring, landscaping, fencing, concrete, are not required to be licensed unless they bid directly to the owner. Those bidding directly to the owner are considered “prime” contractors and required to obtain a license for projects $25,000 and more. This includes those bidding directly to a homeowner who are overseeing the building of their own house and obtained the permit.  


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