Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Board for Licensing Contractors

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Contact Information

Physical address:
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone: 615-741-8307

Web: Home Name search
Email: contractors.home-improvement@tn.gov


We track the following licenses with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Board for Licensing Contractors in order to provide compliance services to our clients. As a client, you see this and other reference data in License Manager in-line with your licenses.

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Tennessee Contractor's License

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Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Board for Licensing Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

  • Licenses are issued with a monetary limit, the maximum approved amount for a single construction project or contract.
  • A contractor's working capital and net worth must each amount to at least 10% of the proposed monetary limit. For example, an applicant with a net worth of $150,000 and a working capital of $10,000 would be eligible for a monetary limit of $100,000, assuming they also meet experience requirements.
Insurance Requirements:

  • Contractors must provide a certificate of insurance as proof of having general liability and workers' compensation insurance.
  • The coverage minimums for general liability insurance depend on the monetary license limit requested: Contractors requesting a monetary limit of up to $500,000 need at least $100,000 of coverage, contractors requesting a limit of between $500,001 and $1,500,000 need at least $500,000 of coverage, and contractors requesting a limit of $1,500,001 or more need at least $1,000,000 in coverage.
Bond Requirements:

There is no general bonding requirement for a contractor's license, however, in some cases contractors are permitted to submit a bond in order to meet working capital or other requirements.


  • A contractor's license is required for projects worth $25,000 or more when acting as either: A prime contractor; an electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, or roofing subcontractor; a masonry subcontractor on a project worth at least $100,000; or as a construction manager on projects worth at least $25,000.
  • Unlimited licenses are available for contractors with at least $300,000 of working capital and a net worth of at least $300,000.

Initial Registration


Contractor's License Application

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Agency Fee:


  • Applicants requesting a monetary limit of $3,000,000 or less must submit a financial statement reviewed by a CPA. Monetary limits of $3,000,001 or more require an audited financial statement prepared by a CPA.
  • Financial statements must be prepared according to GAAP. Compiled and income tax basis statements are not accepted.

Registration Renewal

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  • Contractors with a monetary limit of $3,000,000 or less must submit a self-prepared or compiled financial statement along with the renewal application. Contractors with a limit of $3,000,001 or more must submit a CPA-reviewed financial statement.

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