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North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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North Carolina Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

North Carolina Electrical Contractor License - Intermediate

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Bond Requirements:

A bonding ability statement verifying the applicant's ability to furnish a bond for projects greater than $50,000 in value is required.

Notes:

Intermediate licenses allow contractors to work on projects valued at $130,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

North Carolina Electrical Contractor License - Limited

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Notes:

Limited licenses allow contractors to work on projects valued at $50,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$85

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

North Carolina Electrical Contractor License - Special Restricted

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$85

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

North Carolina Electrical Contractor License - Unlimited

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Bond Requirements:

A bonding ability statement verifying the applicant's ability to furnish a bond for projects greater than $130,000 in value is required.

Notes:

Unlimited licenses allow contractors to work on projects of any value.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application For North Carolina Electrical Contracting License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$180

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$180

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Inspection Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Registration Renewal

Form:

North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Inspection Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Registration Renewal

Form:

North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Fuel Piping Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

North Carolina Fuel Piping Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

North Carolina Fuel Piping Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Heating Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Heating Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Intermediate Building Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $75,000, as reflected in an agreed-upon procedures report on a form provided by the Board or an audited financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant or an independent accountant who is engaged in the public practice of accountancy.

Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $500,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Intermediate licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $1,000,000 or less.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Entities:

  1. Register your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.

 

Foreign Entities:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors (include exam waiver form or NASCLA documentation if applicable)
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization for domestic entities or a Certificate of Authority from the North Carolina Secretary of State for foreign entities
  • A copy of the filed Certificate(s) of Assumed Name that has been filed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §66-71.4 with the Register of Deeds in a county in which the applicant will be doing business. (if applicable)
  • 3 character references for each of the individuals signing the application. All character references must include the following:
    • The name of the person submitting the reference.
    • The mailing address, phone number, email address of the person submitting the reference
    • The Date of the reference (References older than 12 months from date of submission cannot be accepted.)
    • Information regarding the reference’s knowledge and experience with the applicant or person about whom the reference is being provided.
  • Financial demonstration in the form of an agreed-upon procedure report, audited financial statement, or a surety bond.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Intermediate Highway Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $500,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Intermediate licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $1,000,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Intermediate Public Utilities Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $500,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Intermediate licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $1,000,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Intermediate Residential Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $75,000, as reflected in an agreed-upon procedures report on a form provided by the Board or an audited financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant or an independent accountant who is engaged in the public practice of accountancy.

Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $500,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:
  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Intermediate licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $1,500,000 or less.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina

Agency Fee:

$100

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Entities:

  1. Register your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
     

Foreign Entities:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors (include exam waiver form or NASCLA documentation if applicable)
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization for domestic entities or a Certificate of Authority from the North Carolina Secretary of State for foreign entities
  • A copy of the filed Certificate(s) of Assumed Name that has been filed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §66-71.4 with the Register of Deeds in a county in which the applicant will be doing business. (if applicable)
  • 3 character references for each of the individuals signing the application. All character references must include the following:
    • The name of the person submitting the reference.
    • The mailing address, phone number, email address of the person submitting the reference
    • The Date of the reference (References older than 12 months from date of submission cannot be accepted.)
    • Information regarding the reference’s knowledge and experience with the applicant or person about whom the reference is being provided.
  • Financial demonstration in the form of an agreed-upon procedure report, audited financial statement, or a surety bond.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Intermediate Specialty Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $500,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Intermediate licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $1,000,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Lead Abatement Firm Certification

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Abatement Firm Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Renovation Firm Certification

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Renovation Firm Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$300

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Limited Building Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $17,000 or have a total net worth of at least $80,000.

Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $175,000 surety bond or meet working capital or net worth requirements.

Notes:
  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Limited licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $750,000 or less.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina

Agency Fee:

$75

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Entities:

  1. Register your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
     

Foreign Entities:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors (include exam waiver form or NASCLA documentation if applicable)
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization for domestic entities or a Certificate of Authority from the North Carolina Secretary of State for foreign entities
  • A copy of the filed Certificate(s) of Assumed Name that has been filed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §66-71.4 with the Register of Deeds in a county in which the applicant will be doing business. (if applicable)
  • 3 character references for each of the individuals signing the application. All character references must include the following:
    • The name of the person submitting the reference.
    • The mailing address, phone number, email address of the person submitting the reference
    • The Date of the reference (References older than 12 months from date of submission cannot be accepted.)
    • Information regarding the reference’s knowledge and experience with the applicant or person about whom the reference is being provided.
  • Financial demonstration in the form of a balance sheet, agreed-upon procedure report, audited financial statement, or a surety bond.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Amendment

Form:

Application for Increase in Limitation

Agency Fee:

$100 for increase to intermediate and $125 for increase to unlimited.

North Carolina Limited Highway Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $175,000 surety bond or meet working capital or net worth requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Limited licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $500,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Amendment

Form:

Application for Increase in Limitation

Agency Fee:

$100 for increase to intermediate and $125 for increase to unlimited.

North Carolina Limited Public Utilities Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $175,000 surety bond or meet working capital or net worth requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Limited licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $500,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Amendment

Form:

Application for Increase in Limitation

Agency Fee:

$100 for increase to intermediate and $125 for increase to unlimited.

North Carolina Limited Residential Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $17,000 or have a total net worth of at least $80,000.

Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $175,000 surety bond or meet working capital or net worth requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Limited licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $500,000 or less.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina

Agency Fee:

$75

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Entities:

  1. Register your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
     

Foreign Entities:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors (include exam waiver form or NASCLA documentation if applicable)
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization for domestic entities or a Certificate of Authority from the North Carolina Secretary of State for foreign entities
  • A copy of the filed Certificate(s) of Assumed Name that has been filed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §66-71.4 with the Register of Deeds in a county in which the applicant will be doing business. (if applicable)
  • 3 character references for each of the individuals signing the application. All character references must include the following:
    • The name of the person submitting the reference.
    • The mailing address, phone number, email address of the person submitting the reference
    • The Date of the reference (References older than 12 months from date of submission cannot be accepted.)
    • Information regarding the reference’s knowledge and experience with the applicant or person about whom the reference is being provided.
  • Financial demonstration in the form of a balance sheet, agreed-upon procedure report, audited financial statement, or a surety bond.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Amendment

Form:

Application for Increase in Limitation

Agency Fee:

$100 for increase to intermediate and $125 for increase to unlimited.

North Carolina Limited Specialty Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $175,000 surety bond or meet working capital or net worth requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.
  • Limited licensees are limited to working on projects that cost $500,000 or less.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Amendment

Form:

Application for Increase in Limitation

Agency Fee:

$100 for increase to intermediate and $125 for increase to unlimited.

North Carolina Plumbing Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Registration Renewal

Form:

North Carolina Residential Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor License

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually

North Carolina Unlimited Building Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $150,000, as reflected in an agreed-upon procedures report on a form provided by the Board or an audited financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant or an independent accountant who is engaged in the public practice of accountancy.

Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $1,000,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina

Agency Fee:

$125

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Entities:

  1. Register your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.

 

Foreign Entities:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors (include exam waiver form or NASCLA documentation if applicable)
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization for domestic entities or a Certificate of Authority from the North Carolina Secretary of State for foreign entities
  • A copy of the filed Certificate(s) of Assumed Name that has been filed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §66-71.4 with the Register of Deeds in a county in which the applicant will be doing business. (if applicable)
  • 3 character references for each of the individuals signing the application. All character references must include the following:
    • The name of the person submitting the reference.
    • The mailing address, phone number, email address of the person submitting the reference
    • The Date of the reference (References older than 12 months from date of submission cannot be accepted.)
    • Information regarding the reference’s knowledge and experience with the applicant or person about whom the reference is being provided.
  • Financial demonstration in the form of an agreed-upon procedure report, audited financial statement, or a surety bond.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Amendment
Change of Qualifier

Form:

One of 4 possible forms depending on the new qualifier's exam status:

  • Examination Transfer Authorization: This form is used to transfer the exams of existing qualifiers already on a North Carolina License.
  • Examination Request Form: This form is used to schedule a potential qualifier to take a North Carolina exam.
  • NASCLA Waiver Form: This form is used to add someone who has completed a NASCLA exam and is not currently on a North Carolina License.
  • Examination Waiver Form: This form is used to add an individual who completed an accepted examination from another state. The Examination Waiver form must be completed by the other state licensing board.
Due:

If the qualifying party leaves, licensees must notify the Board no later than 10 days after the date of separation and must replace the qualifying party within 90 days.

Notes:
  • Licensees must notify the Board in writing in the event a qualifier ceases to be connected with their license. The notice should include the date on which the qualifier was last connected.
  • To remove a qualifier from a license, send a letter signed by the president/owner of the license indicating the name on the license, the license number, the name of the qualifier, and they date of their disassociation from the license. This letter can be emailed to licensing@nclbgc.org.
How to Apply:
  1. Remove an existing qualifier by submitting a letter to the board (if applicable).
  2. Contact the Board to receive the necessary forms to add a qualifier based on which exams are completed or need to be completed.

North Carolina Unlimited Highway Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $1,000,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Unlimited Public Utilities Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $1,000,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Unlimited Residential Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Applicants must have current assets that exceed the total current liabilities by at least $150,000, as reflected in an agreed-upon procedures report on a form provided by the Board or an audited financial statement prepared by a certified public accountant or an independent accountant who is engaged in the public practice of accountancy.

Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $1,000,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting in the State of North Carolina

Agency Fee:

$125

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
How to Apply:

Domestic Entities:

  1. Register your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
     

Foreign Entities:

  1. Foreign qualify your business entity with the North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
  2. Complete the online license application through the Licensing Board for General Contractors (include exam waiver form or NASCLA documentation if applicable)
  3. An eligibility letter will be mailed and a qualifying individual must pass the relevant exams administered by PSI.
Required Attachments:
  • Articles of Incorporation/Organization for domestic entities or a Certificate of Authority from the North Carolina Secretary of State for foreign entities
  • A copy of the filed Certificate(s) of Assumed Name that has been filed pursuant to N.C.G.S. §66-71.4 with the Register of Deeds in a county in which the applicant will be doing business. (if applicable)
  • 3 character references for each of the individuals signing the application. All character references must include the following:
    • The name of the person submitting the reference.
    • The mailing address, phone number, email address of the person submitting the reference
    • The Date of the reference (References older than 12 months from date of submission cannot be accepted.)
    • Information regarding the reference’s knowledge and experience with the applicant or person about whom the reference is being provided.
  • Financial demonstration in the form of an agreed-upon procedure report, audited financial statement, or a surety bond.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by January 1st.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

North Carolina Unlimited Specialty Contractor License

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:

There is not an insurance requirement for licensing. However, there may be insurance requirements for individual projects or for pulling building permits.

Bond Requirements:

Applicants must submit a $1,000,000 surety bond or meet working capital requirements.

Notes:

A contractor license is required for entities that take on construction related projects costing $30,000 or more.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually.

Penalties:

$10 per month late.

Notes:

Financial statements must also be submitted during the renewal process. Typically these do not need to be reviewed or audited but can be prepared in-house.

Individual Licenses

North Carolina Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

North Carolina Asbestos Air Monitor Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Designer Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Inspector Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Management Planner Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Roofing Supervisor Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Roofing Worker Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

North Carolina Asbestos Supervising Air Monitor Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Supervisor Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Notes:

If an individual applies for accreditation or reaccreditation in more than one category per calendar year, the amount of the fee shall be $100.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in the first category and $75.00 for accreditation or reaccreditation in each remaining category.

North Carolina Asbestos Worker Accreditation

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Asbestos Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Accreditation Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

North Carolina Contractor

Agency:North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

Initial Registration
Application for License to Practice General Contracting

Form:

Application for License to Practice General Contracting

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

New license application fees are based on the limitation of license being sought.

  • Limited: $75
  • Intermediate: $100
  • Unlimited: $125
Turnaround:

3-6 weeks

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

New license application fees are based on the limitation of license being sought.

  • Limited: $75
  • Intermediate: $100
  • Unlimited: $125

North Carolina Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Technician License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Fire Sprinkler Maintenance License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Invoice for Renewal of State License

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually by December 31st.

Original Ink:Not required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$130

Due:

Annually by December 31.

North Carolina Fuel Piping Technician License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing, Heating, and Fuel Piping Contractor Examination Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form - without Sub-Licensees

Agency Fee:

$65

Due:

Annually by January 31.

North Carolina Heating Technician License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Heating Technician License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$65

Due:

Annually by January 31.

North Carolina Lead Abatement Individual Certification - Inspector

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Abatement Supervisor, and Lead Designer Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Abatement Individual Certification - Project Designer

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Abatement Supervisor, and Lead Designer Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Abatement Individual Certification - Risk Assessor

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Abatement Supervisor, and Lead Designer Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Abatement Individual Certification - Supervisor

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Abatement Supervisor, and Lead Designer Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Abatement Individual Certification - Worker

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Inspector, Risk Assessor, Lead Abatement Worker, Lead Abatement Supervisor, and Lead Designer Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Dust Sampling Technician Certification

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Dust Sampling Technician Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

North Carolina Lead Renovator Certification

Agency:North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services - Lead Hazard Management Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Lead Renovator Certification

Agency Fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Lead Renovator Certification (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Every 3 or 5 years depending on training course expiration date.

North Carolina Plumbing Technician License

Agency:North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Technician License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$65

Due:

Annually by January 31.

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