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Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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Company Licenses

Kentucky Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Kentucky Asbestos Contractor Certification

Agency:Kentucky Division for Air Quality

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos-DEP 7034 Contractor Certification Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100 filing fee + $400 certification fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos-DEP 7034 Contractor Certification Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50 filing fee + $200 certification fee.

Due:

Annually

Kentucky Electrical Contractor License - Business

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division
Notes:

Kentucky issues electrical contractor licenses to both individuals and businesses. Licenses issued to businesses remain with the company if their qualifying individual leaves, while individual contractor licenses can be used to qualify a business but do not remain with the business if the qualifier leaves.

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Kentucky Elevator Contractor License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings & Construction - Division of Building Codes Enforcement

Initial Registration

Form:

Kentucky Elevator Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Form:

Kentucky Elevator Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Annually by the end of the applicant's birth month.

Kentucky General Contractor License

Not required



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

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

Kentucky Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



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

Kentucky does not issue mechanical contractor firm licenses, but a master HVAC contractor license is required in order to operate an HVAC business.

Kentucky Plumbing Contractor License

Not required



Plumbing Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Kentucky.

Kentucky does not issue plumbing contractor licenses, but a master plumber license is required in order to operate a plumbing business.

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Bowling Green General Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.bgky.org/contractorslicensing/info

Agency:City of Bowling Green Contractors Licensing Board (KY)
Insurance Requirements:

Provide Certificate of Insurance listing the Contractors Licensing Board, PO Box 1268, Bowling Green, KY 42102 as Certificate Holder showing proof of a minimum of $100,000 General Liability and Workers Comp coverage (if there are no employees ask for an Affidavit of Exemption form)

Requirement Notes:

Please Note if working within the Bowling Green city limits, you are required to obtain a Bowling Green Occupational License. This may be obtained by contacting the Finance Department at the Bowling Green City Hall Annex or by phoning (270) 393-3000.

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$250

Before you Apply:
  • The minimum requirement for General Liability Insurance is $100,000 per occurrence.
  • If you have any employees, your Certificate of Insurance must indicate your Workers Compensation coverage.
    • If you do not have employees, contact the Contractors Licensing Board for an Affidavit of Exemption which must be signed and notarized.
  • If you plan on working within the Bowling Green city limits, you are required to obtain a Bowling Green Occupational License.
  • If you plan on working within Warren County, outside of corporate limits of Bowling Green, you are required to obtain a Warren County Occupational License. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

Bowling Green Specialty Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.bgky.org/contractorslicensing/info

Agency:City of Bowling Green Contractors Licensing Board (KY)

Louisville Building Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Louisville Fire Detection Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Louisville Fire Supression Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Louisville HVAC Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Identification License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Contractor Renewals

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually

Louisville Mechanical Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Identification License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Contractor Renewals

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually

Louisville Plumbing Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Identification License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Contractor Renewals

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Louisville Sign Identification Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Louisville Wrecking Contractor License

More Information:

https://louisvilleky.gov/government/construction-review/contractor-licensing

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)

Individual Licenses

Kentucky Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Kentucky Apprentice HVAC License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - HVAC Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice HVAC Registration

Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Kentucky Asbestos Accreditation

Agency:Kentucky Division for Air Quality

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Asbestos Accreditation

Agency Fee:

Inspector: $100; Management Planner & Inspector: $100; Project Designer: $100; Abatement Supervisor: $100; Abatement Worker: $20

Notes:

Along with your application you must submit a copy of your most recent proof of training to the Division. Training must be from an EPA-approved provider

Registration Renewal

Form:

Kentucky Asbestos Accreditation Renewal

Agency Fee:

Inspector: $50; Management Planner & Inspector: $50; Project Designer: $50; Abatement Supervisor: $50; Abatement Worker: $10

Due:

In Kentucky, your license expires when your proof of training expires.

Notes:

Along with your application you must submit a copy of your most recent proof of training to the Division. Training must be from an EPA-approved provider

Kentucky Electrical Contractor License - Individual

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division
Notes:

Kentucky issues electrical contractor licenses to both individuals and businesses. Licenses issued to businesses remain with the company if their qualifying individual leaves, while individual contractor licenses can be used to qualify a business but do not remain with the business if the qualifier leaves.

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Electrician License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Original Ink:Not required

Kentucky Elevator Mechanic License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings & Construction - Division of Building Codes Enforcement

Initial Registration

Form:

Elevator Mechanic License Application

Agency Fee:

$96

Registration Renewal

Form:

Elevator Mechanic License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$96

Due:

Annually from date of initial licensure.

Kentucky Journeyman HVAC Mechanic License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - HVAC Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman HVAC Mechanic License Application

Agency Fee:

$50; all HVAC application fees are prorated according to the applicant's birth month. The fee structure can be found on the last page of each license application.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman HVAC Mechanic License

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Journeyman Plumber License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Division of Plumbing

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman Plumber License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman Plumber License

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Master Electrician License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical License Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Original Ink:Not required

Kentucky Master HVAC Contractor License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - HVAC Division

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Contractor License Application - HVAC 1

Agency Fee:

all HVAC application fees are prorated according to the applicant's birth month. The fee structure can be found on the last page of each license application.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Master Contractor License Application - HVAC 1

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Master Plumber License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Division of Plumbing

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Plumber License Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Notes:

Renewal information is sent 1 month prior to expiration date.

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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