50-State Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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Alabama Construction Licensing

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Licenses are typically required for individuals and businesses that provide construction industry services. This guide contains information about construction industry licensing in Alabama.

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Company Licenses

Alabama Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Alabama Asbestos Removal Contractor Certification

Agency:Alabama Department of Environmental Management - Air Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Asbestos Removal Contractor Certification

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$740

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Asbestos Removal Contractor Certification (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$740

Due:

Annually

Alabama Home Builders License - Limited

Agency:Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

The law regulating residential home builders does not address insurance.

Notes:

Limited licenses allow residential builders to work on projects that require a single trade and do not affect the structural integrity of the residence.

Initial Registration

Form:

New Limited Application Package

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + $100 application fee.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by November 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Alabama Home Builders License - Unlimited

Agency:Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

The law regulating residential home builders does not address insurance.

Initial Registration

Form:

New Unlimited Application Package

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + $100 application fee.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by November 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment
Designated Qualifying Representative (DQR) Change

Form:

Designated Qualifying Representative (DQR) Change Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

A new qualifying individual must be named within 45 days of the removal of the previous qualifier.

Notarize:Required
Required Attachments:
  • If corporation, a current listing of officers from your minutes or a signed officer listing on company letterhead. If a limited liability company (LLC), company minutes showing that the new DQR is a member (if a member-run LLC) or a manager (if a manager- run LLC). If a partnership, a current signed listing of partners.
  • Your current original Home Builders licensure certificate and card so that we may void and reprint license with the new DQR’s name.
  • Copy of the new DQR’s passing test score for the Alabama Home Builders exam OR a copy of the new DQR’s existing home builders license.
  • Proof of citizenship for the new DQR.

Alabama New Business Registration

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

New Company Registration Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Alabama Prime Contractor License

Agency:Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
Law:

AL Code § 34-8-2

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum net worth and working capital of $10,000.

Insurance Requirements:

Proof of current liability insurance is required.

Notes:

General contractor is defined as one who, for a fixed price, commission, fee, or wage undertakes to construct or superintend or engage in the construction, alteration, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, remediation, reclamation, or demolition of any building, highway, sewer, structure, site work, grading, paving or project or any improvement in the State of Alabama where the cost of the undertaking is $50,000 or more. This definition also includes one who, for a fixed price, commission, fee, or wage exceeding $5,000, undertakes to construct, superintend the construction of, repair, or renovate, any swimming pool, and anyone who shall engage in the construction, superintending of the construction, repair, or renovation of any swimming pool in the State of Alabama, where the cost of the undertaking exceeds $5,000.

Major Classifications
--Building Construction
--Building Construction under four stores
--Highways & Streets
--Municipal & Utility
--Heavy & Railroad
--Swimming Pools
--Mechanical
--Electrical
--Environmental
--Demolition

Specialty Classifications


-Mechanical Specialty Classifications
--Chiller Installation
--HVAC (requires certification card)
--Process Piping
--Ductwork
--Industrial Pipework
--Refrigeration (requires certification card)
--Fire Protection Systems
--Insulation
--Sheet Metal
--Gas Piping (requires certification card)
--Plumbing (requires certification card)
--Welding

-Electrical Specialty Classifications
--Electrical Control Systems
--Low Voltage
--Electric Power Lines
--Substations
--Generators
--Towers
--Lighting
--Transmission Lines

-Environmental Specialty Classifications
--Air & Pollution Control
--Reclamation
--Abatement (requires certification card)
--Remediation
--Landfills
--Tanks
--POL Dispensing System
--Waste Treatment

-Demolition Specialty Classifications
--Aerial Fiber Installation
--Cell Towers
--Equipment & Machinery
--Landscaping (requires certification card)
--Antenna & Line Installation
--Concrete
--Electronic Signature
--Security Equipment
--Athletic Fields
--Detention Equipment
--Fencing
--Solar Projects
--Audio/Visual Systems
--Energy Retrofit
--Irrigation
--Towers & Equipment

Initial Registration

Form:

Prime Contractor License Application

Agency Fee:

$300

Original Ink:Required
Notes:

There is a separate board for residential licenses.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Prime Contractor Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually at least 30 days prior to the expiration date.

Alabama Roofers License

Agency:Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Bond Requirements:

A $10,000 license bond must be submitted and must name the board as the obligee.

Notes:

A residential roofer license is required for residential roofing projects when the total cost of the project exceeds $2,500.

Initial Registration

Form:

New Roofers Application Package

Agency Fee:

$150 license fee + $100 application fee.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by November 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Alabama Subcontractor License

Agency:Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
Notes:

Subcontractors that perform work of $50,000 or more are required to obtain a license.

Initial Registration

Form:

Sub Contractor License Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Form:

Sub Contractor Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

City of Clanton Contractor License

Agency:City of Clanton Public Works Department - Building & Zoning - Commericial & Residential Projects (AL)
Law:

City of Clanton Business License Code

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor License Registgration Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Fee is determined by estimated gross revenue + $12 issuance fee. See application for price structure. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Fee is determined by estimated gross revenue + $12 issuance fee. See application for price structure. 

Due:

Annually by January 31. 

City of Vestavia Contractor Business License

More Information:

https://vhal.org/contractor-license-renewal/

Agency:City of Vestavia Hills Building Department (AL)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

(Ord. No. 2315, § 23, 11-23-09; Ord. No. 2747, § 3.02, 4-9-18)

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

General contractors $300, Speciality trade contractors $150 + $12 issuance fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

General contractors $300, Speciality trade contractors $150 + $12 issuance fee

Due:

Annually by January 31. 

Individual Licenses

Alabama Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Alabama Apprentice Gas Fitter Registration

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$25; $12 if applying between July 1 and December 31.

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Apprentice Plumber Registration

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$25; $12 if applying between July 1 and December 31.

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Asbestos Inspector & Management Planner Accreditation

Agency:Alabama Asbestos Contractor Accreditation Program

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$240

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Asbestos Inspector Accreditation

Agency:Alabama Asbestos Contractor Accreditation Program

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Asbestos Management Planner Accreditation

Agency:Alabama Asbestos Contractor Accreditation Program

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Asbestos Project Designer Accreditation

Agency:Alabama Asbestos Contractor Accreditation Program

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Asbestos Supervisor Accreditation

Agency:Alabama Asbestos Contractor Accreditation Program

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Asbestos Worker Accreditation

Agency:Alabama Asbestos Contractor Accreditation Program

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Alabama Electrical Contractor License

Agency:Alabama Board of Electrical Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractors License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$165 exam fee + $150 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractors, Journeyman and Provisional Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Alabama HVAC Contractor License

Agency:Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$165

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$165

Due:

Annually

Alabama Journeyman Electrician License

Agency:Alabama Board of Electrical Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman License by Examination

Agency Fee:

$115

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Annually

Alabama Journeyman Gas Fitter License

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$110 Exam fee; Upon successful completion of the exam, a license fee is sent and it is prorated according to the date.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notes:

A renewal notice is sent in the mail.

Alabama Journeyman Plumber License

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$110 Exam fee: Upon successful completion of the exam, a license fee is sent and it is prorated according to the date.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notes:

A renewal notice is sent in the mail.

Alabama Master Gas Fitter License

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$160 Exam fee; Upon successful completion of the exam, a license fee is sent and it is prorated according to the date.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notes:

A renewal notice is sent in the mail.

Alabama Master Plumber License

Agency:Alabama Plumbers and Gas Fitters Examining Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$160 Exam fee; Upon successful completion of the exam, a license fee is sent and it is prorated according to the date.

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Notes:

A renewal notice is sent in the mail.

Alabama Refrigeration Contractor License

Agency:Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Licensure

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$165

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$165

Due:

Annually

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National Association of Home Builders
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National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
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