Construction Licensing Compliance Guide

Construction Licensing Compliance

Illinois 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 Illinois.

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Company Licenses

Illinois Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Illinois Asbestos Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/asbestos

Agency:Illinois Division of Environmental Health Protection - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Asbestos Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + $500 license fee due after the application is approved.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by May 15.

Notes:

Renewal applications are sent in the mail.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Illinois Electrical Contractor License

Not required



Electrical Contracting Company licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

Electrical contractors are licensed at the local level of government in Illinois.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Illinois General Contractor License

Not required



General Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

General Contractors are licensed at the county and city level. There is no state level license.

Initial Registration

Not required



Registration Renewal

Not required



Illinois Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



Mechanical/HVAC Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Illinois.

Mechanical contractors are licensed at the local level of government in Illinois.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Illinois Plumbing Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/plumbing

Agency:Illinois Department of Environmental Health Protection - Plumbing Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor Application for Registration or Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Plumbing Contractor Application for Registration or Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Illinois Roofing Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.idfpr.com/profs/roof.asp

Agency:Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Professional Regulation - Roofing Contractor Program
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Illinois Roofing Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$125

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Chicago Elevator Mechanic Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Contractor License Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$35

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Chicago General Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Mason Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Plumbing Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Trade License Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Cook County Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Cook County Electrical Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application & Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$105

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$52.50

Due:

Annually by December 1.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Cook County Plumbing Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application & Affidavit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$105

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$52.50

Due:

Annually by December 1.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

DuPage County General Contractor (No Trades) Registration

More Information:

https://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Building_Permitting/1635/

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

DuPage County General Contractor w/Trades Registration

More Information:

https://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Building_Permitting/1635/

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)
Fact Checked:5/3/18

DuPage County Sub Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.dupageco.org/EDP/Building_Permitting/1635/

Agency:County of DuPage Building & Zoning - Building Division (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Evanston General Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/community-development/building-inspection-serv

Agency:City of Evanston Building and Inspection Services (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Evanston Trade Contractor Registration

More Information:

https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/community-development/building-inspection-serv

Agency:City of Evanston Building and Inspection Services (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Individual Licenses

Illinois Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Illinois Apprentice Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/plumbing

Agency:Illinois Department of Environmental Health Protection - Plumbing Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Plumber License

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Not required



Apprentice plumber licenses expire on the date that the licensed plumber sponsor of such licensed apprentice plumber severs his or her sponsor status with the licensed apprentice plumber.

Illinois Asbestos Professional License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/asbestos

Agency:Illinois Division of Environmental Health Protection - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Professional Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Professional Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by May 15.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Illinois Asbestos Worker License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/asbestos

Agency:Illinois Division of Environmental Health Protection - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by February 1.

Notes:

A refresher course shall be completed annually to maintain accreditation and licensure.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Illinois Plumber's License

More Information:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/plumbing

Agency:Illinois Department of Environmental Health Protection - Plumbing Program
Fact Checked:5/16/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumber?s License: Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$175 (Illinois); $225 (Chicago or out of state)

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Local Construction and Contracting Individual Licenses

Chicago Apprentice Crane Operators License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Crane Operators License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Elevator Mechanic License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings - Trade Licensing Program (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Plumber's Apprentice License

More Information:

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/provdrs/gen_contract.html

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Chicago Supervising Electrician License

Agency:City of Chicago Department of Buildings (IL)
Fact Checked:7/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Supervising Electrician License - Application for Examination

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Exam Application Fee: $70

Notes:

Exam is only offered two times per year, and must be taken in person in Hillside, Illinois.

Fact Checked:7/12/19

Cook County Crane Operator Registration

More Information:

https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/contractor-registration

Agency:Cook County Department of Building and Zoning (IL)
Fact Checked:4/13/18

Explore Licensing in Other States

Associated General Contractors of America
Professional association providing advocacy and organization for construction firms and workers.

National Association of Home Builders
National association for the promotion of the housing industry.

National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
National organization that represents and promotes the interests of state level contractor licensing agencies.

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