Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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Company Licenses

Massachusetts Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Massachusetts Asbestos Abatement Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/asbestos-and-deleading-license-renewal

Agency:Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Contractor Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$2,050

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Contractor Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$2,050

Due:

Annually

Massachusetts Deleader Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/deleading

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards - Deleading and Lead Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Deleader Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$575

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Massachusetts Deleader Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$575

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Electrical Systems Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/board-of-state-examiners-of-electricians-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$276 application fee + $155 license fee.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$117

Due:

Triennially

Massachusetts Gas Fitter Corporation License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Gas Fitter Corporation License

Agency Fee:

$225

Registration Renewal

Form:

Massachusetts Gas Fitter Corporation License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Gas Fitter LLC License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Gas Fitter LLC License

Agency Fee:

$225

Registration Renewal

Form:

Massachusetts Gas Fitter LLC License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Gas Fitters Partnership Certificate

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Registration Renewal

Form:

Massachusetts Gas Fitters Partnership Certificate Renewal

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts General Contractor License

Not required



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

There is no state level license for general contractor firms in Massachusetts, however, contractors may need to have a licensed construction supervisor present depending on the scope of a project.

Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor Registration

Agency:Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation - Home Improvement Contractor Program
Notes:

Registration is required for contractors who perform work on existing 1-4 unit residential properties.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration as a Home Improvement Contractor or Sub-Contractor

Agency Fee:

$150 registration fee + $100 for contractors with 3 or fewer employees, $200 for contractors with 4-10 employees, $300 for contractors with 11-29 employees, and $500 for contractors with 30 or more employees.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Lead-Safe Renovator Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/deleading

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards - Deleading and Lead Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Lead-Safe Renovator Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$375

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Massachusetts Lead-Safe Renovator Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Every 5 years from the date of initial issuance.

Massachusetts Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



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

Mechanical contractor firm licenses are not issued at the state level, however, a refrigeration contractor license is required to operate a refrigeration contactor business.

Massachusetts Plumbers Partnership Certificate

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Issuance of a Plumbers Partnership Certificate

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Biennially

Massachusetts Plumbing Corporation License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Corporation License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$225

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Biennially

Massachusetts Plumbing LLC License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing LLC License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$225

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Biennially

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Boston General Contractor License

Not required



General Contractor Company licensure is not required on the City level in Boston.

The city of Boston does not issue contractor licenses, only work permits. Contractor licenses are issued at the state level.

Individual Licenses

Massachusetts Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Massachusetts Apprentice Gas Fitter License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$9

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$40

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Asbestos Inspector License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/asbestos-and-deleading-license-renewal

Agency:Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Inspector Application

Agency Fee:

$625

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Inspector Application

Agency Fee:

$625

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Asbestos Project Designer License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/asbestos-and-deleading-license-renewal

Agency:Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Project Designer Application

Agency Fee:

$625

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Project Designer Application

Agency Fee:

$625

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Asbestos Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/asbestos-and-deleading-license-renewal

Agency:Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Supervisor Application

Agency Fee:

$225

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Supervisor Application

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Asbestos Worker License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/asbestos-and-deleading-license-renewal

Agency:Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Deleader Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/deleading

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards - Deleading and Lead Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Deleader Supervisor Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Deleader Supervisor Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Deleader Worker License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/deleading

Agency:Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards - Deleading and Lead Safety Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Deleader Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

For first-time licenses, applications must be submitted in person.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Deleader Worker Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Demolition Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee + $150 license fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Massachusetts Electrical Systems Technician License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/board-of-state-examiners-of-electricians-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

Application fee $226; After passing the exam $104 License fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$78

Due:

Triennially by July 31.

Massachusetts Insulation Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee + $150 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

Massachusetts Journeyman Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/board-of-state-examiners-of-electricians-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee + $150 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$78

Due:

Triennially by July 31.

Massachusetts Journeyman Gas Fitter License

More Information:

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pl/forms/examinations/pl-limited-lp-installer-application.html

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman Gas Fitter Examination Application

Agency Fee:

$52 license fee + $31 exam fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$52

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pl/forms/examinations/pl-limited-lp-installer-application.html

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Journeyman Plumber Examination Application

Agency Fee:

52 License +$31 exam

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$52

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Limited Undiluted Liquefied Petroleum Gas Installer License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Limited LP Installer Examination Application

Agency Fee:

$66

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$52

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Masonry Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form

Agency Fee:

100 exam fee + $150 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

Massachusetts Master Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/board-of-state-examiners-of-electricians-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Examination

Agency Fee:

$276 Application fee + $155 License fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$117

Due:

Triennially by July 31.

Massachusetts Master Gas Fitter License

More Information:

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pl/forms/examinations/pl-limited-lp-installer-application.html

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Master Gas Fitter Examination Application

Agency Fee:

$31 exam fee + $78 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$97

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Master Plumber License

More Information:

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/pl/forms/examinations/pl-limited-lp-installer-application.html

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Massachusetts Master Plumber License

Agency Fee:

$31 exam fee + $78 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$78

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts One and Two Family Dwellings Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

Massachusetts Plumbing Apprentice License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/plumber-and-gas-fitter-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Apprentice Plumbers License

Agency Fee:

$14

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$14

Due:

By May 1 of even-numbered years.

Massachusetts Refrigeration Apprentice License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/refrigeration-apprentice

Agency:Massachusetts Engineering Division - Refrigeration Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Refrigeration Apprentice License

Agency Fee:

$20

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by the licensee's date of birth. The first renewal will not be due within 12 months of the issuance of the license.

Massachusetts Refrigeration Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/refrigeration-contractor-license

Agency:Massachusetts Engineering Division - Refrigeration Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Refrigeration Contractor Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the licensee's date of birth. The first renewal will not be due within 12 months of the issuance of the license.

Massachusetts Refrigeration Technician License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/refrigeration-technician-license

Agency:Massachusetts Engineering Division - Refrigeration Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Refrigeration Technician Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by the licensee's date of birth. The first renewal will not be due within 12 months of the issuance of the license.

Massachusetts Roof Covering Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form for Construction Supervisor Candidate

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee; $150 license fee

Notarize:Required
Notes:

After receiving a Score Report Form with a passing grade from Prometric at the exam location, the applicant shall complete the Score Report form and mail it with the $150 license fee to DPS, which will issue the license in approximately 30 days.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

Massachusetts Solid Fuel-Burning Appliance Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form for Construction Supervisor Candidate

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee; $150 license fee

Notarize:Required
Notes:

After receiving a Score Report Form with a passing grade from Prometric at the exam location, the applicant shall complete the Score Report form and mail it with the $150 license fee to DPS, which will issue the license in approximately 30 days.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

Massachusetts Unrestricted Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form for Construction Supervisor Candidate

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee; $150 license fee

Notarize:Required
Notes:

After receiving a Score Report Form with a passing grade from Prometric at the exam location, the applicant shall complete the Score Report form and mail it with the $150 license fee to DPS, which will issue the license in approximately 30 days.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

Massachusetts Windows Doors Sliding Construction Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.mass.gov/construction-supervisor-licensing

Agency:Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards

Initial Registration

Form:

Exam Registration Form for Construction Supervisor Candidate

Agency Fee:

$100 exam fee; $150 license fee

Notarize:Required
Notes:

After receiving a Score Report Form with a passing grade from Prometric at the exam location, the applicant shall complete the Score Report form and mail it with the $150 license fee to DPS, which will issue the license in approximately 30 days.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Licenses are initially issued for three years from the date of licensing; after that they are renewed every 2 years.

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