Construction Licensing Compliance Guide

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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 Iowa.

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Company Licenses

Iowa Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Iowa Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/asbestos-licenses

Agency:Iowa Division of Labor - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Iowa Contractor Registration

Agency:Iowa Division of Labor
Insurance Requirements:

A contractor with employees must send a Certificate of Insurance from the workers' compensation insurance company showing the effective date of coverage and listing the "Iowa Division of Labor" as the certificate holder.

Bond Requirements:

Out-of-state contractors must file a $25,000 surety bond at the time of registration.

Initial Registration

Form:

New Application/Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:2/4/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

New Application/Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:2/4/16

Iowa HVAC/R Contractor License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/contractor

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Contractor Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Fees range from $91.75 to $425 depending on when you apply.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$525

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Iowa Hydronics Contractor License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/contractor

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Iowa Hydronics Contractor License

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Varies by registration date.

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

Varies by registration date.

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Iowa Mechanical Contractor License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/contractor

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Contractor Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Fees range from $91.75 to $425 depending on when you apply.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$525

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Iowa Plumbing Contractor License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/contractor

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Contractor Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

Fees range from $91.75 to $425 depending on when you apply.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Renewal Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$525

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Iowa Apprentice Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Electrician's License

Agency Fee:

$20

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Apprentice Electrician License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Asbestos Inspector License

More Information:

https://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/asbestos-licenses

Agency:Iowa Division of Labor - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Notes:

requires: Training: 3-day initial training and most recent refresher training certificate.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by the date of training.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Asbestos Management Planner License

More Information:

https://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/asbestos-licenses

Agency:Iowa Division of Labor - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Notes:

Training: 3-day initial inspector training, a 2-day management planner training course and most recent refresher training certificates. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by the date of training.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Asbestos Project Designer License

More Information:

https://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/asbestos-licenses

Agency:Iowa Division of Labor - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

Training: 3-day initial training and most recent refresher training certificate. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the date of training.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Asbestos Worker License

More Information:

https://www.iowadivisionoflabor.gov/asbestos-licenses

Agency:Iowa Division of Labor - Asbestos Abatement Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Notarize:Required
Notes:

Training: 4-day initial training and most recent refresher training certificate. Physical Abilities: Passage of a respirator fit test and physical examination in accordance with OSHA Respirator Fit Test signed. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by the date of training.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Class A Journeyman Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Electrician's License

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Class A Journeyman Electrician License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Class A Master Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Electrician's License

Agency Fee:

$375

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Class A Master Electrician License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Class B Journeyman Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Electrician's License

Agency Fee:

$75

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Class B Journeyman Electrician License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Class B Master Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Electrician's License

Agency Fee:

$375

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Class B Master Electrician License

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Electrical Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Electrician's License

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Fees range from $41.64 to $375 depending on when you apply.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially

Notes:

Follow the instructions on the renewal page to renew your license.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Iowa HVAC/R Apprentice License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/apprentice

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Application Form

Agency Fee:

Fees will be prorated based on the date of purchase for an initial Apprentice License. There is an additional $25 fee for paper applications

Notes:

The apprentice license covers all plumbing and mechanical systems trades. In other words, only one apprentice license is needed to practice any of the trade disciplines. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

HVAC/R Apprentice License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Hydronics Apprentice License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/apprentice

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Application Form

Agency Fee:

Fees will be prorated based on the date of purchase for an initial Apprentice License. There is an additional $25 fee for paper applications

Notes:

The apprentice license covers all plumbing and mechanical systems trades. In other words, only one apprentice license is needed to practice any of the trade disciplines. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Hydronics Apprentice License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Journeyman HVAC/R License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/journey-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman HVAC/R License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Journeyman Hydronics License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/journey-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman Hydronics License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Journeyman Mechanical License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/journey-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman Mechanical License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/journey-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman Plumber License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Journeyman Sheet Metal License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/journey-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman Sheet Metal License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Master HVAC/R License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/master-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Master HVAC/R License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Master Hydronics License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/master-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Master Hydronics License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Master Mechanical License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/master-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Master Mechanical License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Master Plumber License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/master-level

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Examination Candidate Application

Agency Fee:

$35

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Master Plumber License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Mechanical Apprentice License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/apprentice

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Application Form

Agency Fee:

Fees will be prorated based on the date of purchase for an initial Apprentice License. There is an additional $25 fee for paper applications

Notes:

The apprentice license covers all plumbing and mechanical systems trades. In other words, only one apprentice license is needed to practice any of the trade disciplines. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Mechanical Apprentice License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Plumbing Apprentice License

More Information:

https://idph.iowa.gov/pmsb/licensure/apprentice

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Health - Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice Application Form

Agency Fee:

Fees will be prorated based on the date of purchase for an initial Apprentice License. There is an additional $25 fee for paper applications

Notes:

The apprentice license covers all plumbing and mechanical systems trades. In other words, only one apprentice license is needed to practice any of the trade disciplines. Iowa charges a $25 fee for paper applications

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Plumbing Apprentice License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Residential Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

License Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Residential Electrician License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Residential Master Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

License Application

Agency Fee:

$375

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Residential Master Electrician License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Special Electrician License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

License Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Iowa Unclassified Person (Electrical) License

More Information:

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml

Agency:Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division - Electrical Licensing and Inspection Program
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

License Application

Agency Fee:

$20

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Triennially by December 31.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

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