Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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Montana 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 Montana.

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Montana Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Montana Construction Contractor Registration

Agency:Montana Department of Labor and Industry: Construction Contractor Registration Unit
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

Businesses working in Montana with employees must provide proof of a valid Montana workers' compensation insurance policy.

Initial Registration

Form:

Construction Contractor Registration Application

Agency Fee:

$70

Notes:

To qualify for “Bid Only” status, your out-of-state business cannot be actively performing work in Montana. Once awarded the job in Montana, you must notify us in writing immediately to change your status and provide proof of a valid Montana workers’ compensation insurance policy for your employees.

Before you Apply:
  •  Businesses working in Montana with employees must provide proof of a valid Montana workers’ compensation insurance policy
    • Corporate officers working in Montana are considered employees and must be covered under a Montana workers’ compensation insurance policy, unless the officer owns 20% or more of the shares of the corporation, or is related to another officer of the corporation and the aggregated shares equal 20% or more. 
    • Sole Proprietors, Partners, Members of Member-Managed LLC’s, and Managers of Manager-Managed LLC’s working on a jobsite in Montana, and are NOT personally covered under a Montana workers’ compensation insurance policy, must have or apply for an active independent contractor exemption certificate (ICEC)
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Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal form will be mailed.

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Biennially

Montana Independent Contractor Exemption Certification

More Information:

http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-regulations/montana-contractor/applications-and-forms

Agency:Montana Department of Labor & Industry - Independent Contractor Central Unit

Registration Renewal

Form:

Montana Independent Contractor Exemption Certification Renewal

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Montana Limited Electrical Contractor License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/ele#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board
Notes:

Limited electrical contractors can work on residential projects consisting of less than 5 living units in a single structure.

Initial Registration

Form:

Limited Electrical Contractor

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Biennially by July 15.

Montana Unlimited Electrical Contractor License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/ele#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Unlimited Electrical Contractor Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Biennially by July 15.

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Business License - General Contractor

Agency:City of Bozeman Planning Division (MT)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration
Business License Application

Exemption Eligible Organizations:

· Non-Profit Organizations
· People under the age of 18
· Property managers with less than three rental units (does not include vacation rentals)

Form:

https://www.bozeman.net/Home/ShowDocument?id=688

Instructions:

https://www.bozeman.net/home/showdocument?id=686

Filing Method:

Mail or In Person

Turnaround:

2-4 weeks

How to Apply:
  • Submit application
  • Site inspection (if required)
  • License approval
  • City/County health department inspections (if required)

Registration Renewal
Business License - General Contractor

Form:

https://bozn-egov.aspgov.com/Click2GovOL/index.html

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Annually on the anniversary of the prior year's date of application or renewal.

West Yellowstone Business License

More Information:

Town of West Yellowstone

Agency:Town of West Yellowstone Business Licensing Section (MT)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50

Turnaround:

Up to 3 weeks

Bond Amount:

If a business will sell any goods or services that are subject to the Town’s resort tax, then a refundable resort tax bond in the sum of $500 must accompany the business license application.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by May 31st

Individual Licenses

Montana Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Montana Asbestos Inspector Accreditation

More Information:

http://deq.mt.gov/Public/asbestos

Agency:Montana Department of Environmental Quality - Asbestos Control Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Annually by the date of most recent accredidation.

Montana Asbestos Management Planner Accreditation

More Information:

http://deq.mt.gov/Public/asbestos

Agency:Montana Department of Environmental Quality - Asbestos Control Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Annually by the date of most recent accredidation.

Montana Asbestos Project Contractor/Supervisor Accreditation

More Information:

http://deq.mt.gov/Public/asbestos

Agency:Montana Department of Environmental Quality - Asbestos Control Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Annually by the date of most recent accredidation.

Montana Asbestos Project Designer Accreditation

More Information:

http://deq.mt.gov/Public/asbestos

Agency:Montana Department of Environmental Quality - Asbestos Control Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Annually by the date of most recent accredidation.

Montana Asbestos Project Worker Accreditation

More Information:

http://deq.mt.gov/Public/asbestos

Agency:Montana Department of Environmental Quality - Asbestos Control Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Montana Accreditation Application Asbestos Related Occupations (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$45

Due:

Annually by the date of most recent accredidation.

Montana Journeyman Electrician License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/ele#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman Electrician Application

Agency Fee:

$240 application by exam; $250.00 spplication by reciprocity or credential

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By July 15 of even-numbered years.

Montana Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/plu#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman Plumber

Agency Fee:

Application Fee: $100.00; License Fees: $170.00; Reciprocity Fee in addition to application fee: $300.00

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

Annually by September 1.

Montana Master Electrician License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/ele#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Electrician Form

Agency Fee:

$240

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By July 15 of even-numbered years.

Montana Master Plumber License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/plu#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Plumber

Agency Fee:

Application Fee: $100.00 License Fees: $280.00

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$265

Due:

Annually by September 1.

Montana Residential Electrician License

More Information:

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/ele#1

Agency:Montana State Electrical Board

Initial Registration

Form:

Residential Electrician Form

Agency Fee:

Application Fee by Examination: $240.00; Application by Reciprocity or Credential: $250.00

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By July 15 of even-numbered years.

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