Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

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Company Licenses

New Jersey Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

New Jersey Asbestos License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Asbestos Control & Licensing
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Asbestos License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$2,000

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Asbestos License Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$2,000

Due:

Annually

Fact Checked:12/4/18

New Jersey Electrical Contractor License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Board of Examiners and Electrical Contractors
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for an Initial Business Permit

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150 for permits issued during the first year of the triennial period, $100 for the second year, and $50 for permits issued during the third year of the triennial period.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Triennially by March 31.

Notes:

Contact the board for a renewal application.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

New Jersey General Contractor License

Not required



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

There is no state level license for general contractor firms in New Jersey, however, home improvement contractors are licensed by the division of consumer affairs and the department of banking and insurance.

New Jersey Home Improvement Contractor License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs - Home Improvement Contractor Section
Notes:

General contractors are licensed at the county and city level.

Fact Checked:9/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/hic/Pages/applications.aspx

Agency Fee:

$110

Fact Checked:2/4/16

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$110

Due:

Annually by March 31.

Before you Apply:

COI

Fact Checked:2/4/16

New Jersey Home Repair Contractor License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance - Home Repair Contractor/Salesperson
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

New Jersey Home Repair Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$300

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

New Jersey Home Repair Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/27/20

New Jersey Lead Abatement Contractor Certification

Agency:New Jersey Department of Community Affairs - Division of Codes and Standards - Lead Hazard Abatement Program
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application, Lead Abatement Contractor

Agency Fee:

$2,518

Fact Checked:6/2/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application, Lead Abatement Contractor (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$2,518

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/2/21

New Jersey Lead Evaluation Contractor Certification

Agency:New Jersey Department of Community Affairs - Division of Codes and Standards - Lead Hazard Abatement Program
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application, Lead Evaluation Contractor

Agency Fee:

$2,518

Fact Checked:6/2/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application, Lead Evaluation Contractor (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$2,518

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/2/21

New Jersey Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



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

New Jersey does not issue firm licenses for mechanical contractors, however, a Master HVACR License may be required before an individual establishes an HVAC business.

New Jersey Plumbing Contractor License

Not required



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

There is no state level license for plumbing firms in New Jersey, however, individual and local licensing requirements may apply.

New Jersey Underground Storage Tank Certification

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Waste Enforcement, Pesticides, and Release Prevention - Bureau of UST Compliance and Enforcement
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:6/1/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Firm Certification Application

Agency Fee:

$50 per classification application fee + $375 certification fee

Fact Checked:6/1/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Firm Certification Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/1/21

Individual Licenses

New Jersey Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

New Jersey Apprentice Plumber Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

New Jersey Apprentice Plumber Registration

Agency Fee:

$50

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Asbestos Supervisor Permit

Agency:New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Office of Asbestos Control & Licensing
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Permit

Agency Fee:

$150

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Permit (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually from the date of initial permit

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Asbestos Worker Permit

Agency:New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Office of Asbestos Control & Licensing
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Permit

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Permit (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually from the date of initial permit

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Dewatering Well Driller License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Water Supply and Geoscience
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for New Jersey Well Drilling & Pump Installer License

Agency Fee:

There is currently no application fee for any category of NJ well driller or pump installer license. Exam fees for the required technical and regulatory exams are paid directly to the third-party testing vendor that administers the test. Once an applicant has been approved for licensure by the NJ State Well Drillers & Pump Installers Examining & Advisory Board (Board), payment of a license fee is required to activate the license. These fees are pro-rated based on the remaining time left in the 3-year license cycle for which driller and pump installer licenses are valid.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Home Repair Salesperson License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance - Home Repair Contractor/Salesperson
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Instructions/Application/Personal Certification

Agency Fee:

$60

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Journeyman Electrician License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - Board of Examiners and Electrical Contractors
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a Certificate of Registration to Practice as a Qualified Journeyman Electrician

Agency Fee:

If paid during the first year of a triennial; $ 60.00; second year of a triennial; $ 40.00; third year of a triennial; $ 20.00.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Three years from the date of initial licensure.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Journeyman Plumber Registration

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration as a Journeyman Plumber

Agency Fee:

$75; The application fee is $50.00 if the applicant has previously registered with the Board as an apprentice plumber.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Journeyman Well Driller License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Water Supply and Geoscience
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

New Jersey Journeyman Well Driller License

Agency Fee:

There is currently no application fee for any category of NJ well driller or pump installer license. Exam fees for the required technical and regulatory exams are paid directly to the third-party testing vendor that administers the test. Once an applicant has been approved for licensure by the NJ State Well Drillers & Pump Installers Examining & Advisory Board (Board), payment of a license fee is required to activate the license. These fees are pro-rated based on the remaining time left in the 3-year license cycle for which driller and pump installer licenses are valid.

Notarize:Required
Notes:

The applicant will apply for their license after they have taken all the necessary exams and have met the appropriate experience requirements.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Master Plumber License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Take the Examination to Become a Licensed Master Plumber

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Master Well Driller License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Water Supply and Geoscience
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for New Jersey Well Drilling & Pump Installer License

Agency Fee:

There is currently no application fee for any category of NJ well driller or pump installer license. Exam fees for the required technical and regulatory exams are paid directly to the third-party testing vendor that administers the test. Once an applicant has been approved for licensure by the NJ State Well Drillers & Pump Installers Examining & Advisory Board (Board), payment of a license fee is required to activate the license. These fees are pro-rated based on the remaining time left in the 3-year license cycle for which driller and pump installer licenses are valid.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Pump Installer License

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Water Supply and Geoscience
Fact Checked:6/2/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for New Jersey Well Drilling & Pump Installer License

Agency Fee:

There is currently no application fee for any category of NJ well driller or pump installer license. Exam fees for the required technical and regulatory exams are paid directly to the third-party testing vendor that administers the test. Once an applicant has been approved for licensure by the NJ State Well Drillers & Pump Installers Examining & Advisory Board (Board), payment of a license fee is required to activate the license. These fees are pro-rated based on the remaining time left in the 3-year license cycle for which driller and pump installer licenses are valid.

Notarize:Required
Notes:

The applicant will apply for their license after they have taken all the necessary exams and have met the appropriate experience requirements.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Triennially by June 30.

Notes:

Renewal applications are not available online. Renewal invoices will be sent directly to individual licensees.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

New Jersey Regulated Tanks Individual Certification

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Waste Enforcement, Pesticides, and Release Prevention - Bureau of UST Compliance and Enforcement
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:6/1/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Regulated Tanks Individual Certification Application

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $375 license fee

Fact Checked:6/1/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Regulated Tanks Individual Certification Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/1/21

New Jersey Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks Individual Certification

Agency:New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Waste Enforcement, Pesticides, and Release Prevention - Bureau of UST Compliance and Enforcement
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Fact Checked:6/1/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks (UHOT) Individual Certification Application

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $375 license fee

Fact Checked:6/1/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Unregulated Heating Oil Tanks (UHOT) Individual Certification Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$375

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Fact Checked:6/1/21

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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