Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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South 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 South Carolina.

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Company Licenses

South Carolina Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

South Carolina Asbestos Abatement Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Abatement License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos Abatement License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:12/4/18

South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Contractors/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation - Contractors Licensing Board
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Fire Sprinkler Contractor License

Agency Fee:

200

Fact Checked:1/27/20

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

200

Due:

By July 31 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/27/20

South Carolina General Contractor License

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation - Contractors Licensing Board
Financial Requirements:

  • General contractors must meet a net worth requirement or submit a surety bond.
  • Net worth requirements vary by group numbers and are as follows: Group 1: $10,000; Group 2: $40,000; Group 3: $100,000; Group 4: $175,000; Group 5: $250,000.
  • For proof of meeting the net worth requirement, contractors in groups 1 or 2 must submit a self-prepared, notarized balance sheet; contractors in groups 3 or 4 must submit a financial statement reviewed on a GAAP basis; and contractors in group 5 must submit a financial statement audited on a GAAP basis.
Bond Requirements:

General contractors must submit a surety bond or meet a net worth requirement. Bond amounts vary by group numbers and are as follows: Group 1: $20,000; Group 2: $80,000; Group 3: $200,000; Group 4: $350,000; Group 5: $500,000.

Notes:

General contractor licenses are issued in 5 different group numbers: Group 1 contractors are eligible to work on projects costing $50,000 or less; Group 2 contractors are eligible for projects costing up to $200,000; Group 3 contractors are eligible for projects costing up to $500,000; Group 4 contractors are eligible for projects costing up to $1,500,000; and Group 5 contractors are eligible for projects of any cost.

Initial Registration

Form:

Document #165: General and Mechanical Contractor's License - Initial Application

Agency Fee:

$350 if applying during the first year of the biennial license period and $175 if applying during the second half of the biennial license period.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$135

Due:

By October 31 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

Licensees in groups 1-4 must fill out the balance sheet attached to the renewal application, and licensees in group 5 must submit a CPA-reviewed or audited financial statement.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

South Carolina Mechanical Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Contractors/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation - Contractors Licensing Board
Financial Requirements:

  • Mechanical contractors must meet a net worth requirement or submit a surety bond.
  • Net worth requirements vary by group numbers and are as follows: Group 1: $3,500; Group 2: $10,000; Group 3: $20,000; Group 4: $40,000; Group 5: $200,000.
  • For proof of meeting the net worth requirement, contractors in groups 1 or 2 must submit a self-prepared, notarized balance sheet; contractors in groups 3 or 4 must submit a financial statement reviewed on a GAAP basis; and contractors in group 5 must submit a financial statement audited on a GAAP basis.
Bond Requirements:

Mechanical contractors must submit a surety bond or meet a net worth requirement. Bond amounts vary by group numbers and are as follows: Group 1: $7,000; Group 2: $20,000; Group 3: $40,000; Group 4: $80,000; Group 5: $400,000.

Notes:

Mechanical contractor licenses are issued in 5 different group numbers: Group 1 contractors are eligible to work on projects costing $17,500 or less; Group 2 contractors are eligible for projects costing up to $50,000; Group 3 contractors are eligible for projects costing up to $100,000; Group 4 contractors are eligible for projects costing up to $200,000; and Group 5 contractors are eligible for projects of any cost.

Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Document #165: General and Mechanical Contractor's License - Initial Application

Agency Fee:

$350 if applying during the first year of the biennial license period and $175 if applying during the second half of the biennial license period.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$135

Due:

By October 31 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Licensees in groups 1-4 must fill out the balance sheet attached to the renewal application, and licensees in group 5 must submit a CPA-reviewed or audited financial statement.

Fact Checked:12/7/18

South Carolina Residential Contractor Certificate of Authorization

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Residential Builders Commission
Bond Requirements:

$15,000 surety bond

Notes:

When an individual is practicing residential home building, residential specialty contracting, or home inspecting in his name as individually licensed, or if an individual has at least fifty-one percent of the ownership interest and is the sole resident licensee for the firm, that person or entity is not required to obtain a certificate of authorization.

Fact Checked:4/13/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Residential Home Builders License Application

Agency Fee:

$260

Fact Checked:2/4/16

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:2/4/16

Individual Licenses

South Carolina Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

South Carolina Asbestos Air Sampler License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Air Sampler License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Air Sampler License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of last training completed.

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Building Inspector License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Building Inspector License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Building Inspector License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of last training completed.

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Management Planner License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Management Planner License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Management Planner License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of last training completed.

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Project Designer License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Project Designer License

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Consultant/Project Designer License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the date of last training completed.

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Asbestos Supervisor (AHERA) License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Supervisor (AHERA) License

Agency Fee:

$50

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Supervisor (AHERA) License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the date of last training completed.

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Asbestos Worker (AHERA) License

More Information:

https://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/AirQuality/Asbestos/ContractorLicensingFees/

Agency:South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control - Asbestos Program
Fact Checked:6/7/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Worker (AHERA) License

Agency Fee:

$20

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Asbestos Worker (AHERA) License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$20

Due:

Annually by the date of last training completed.

Notes:

Must complete Department of Health and Environmental Control approved training for initial and renewal licensing.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Residential Home Builder License

More Information:

http://www.llr.sc.gov/pol/residentialbuilders/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Residential Builders Commission
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Residential Home Builder License

Agency Fee:

100; after passing the exam, you must pay $160 if the license is issued on or between July 1 even numbered year to June 30, odd numbered year or $80 if the license is issued on or between July 1, odd numbered year to June 30, even numbered year

Notarize:Required
Notes:

The application is good for one (1) year from the date of receipt. If all required information is not received within this one (1) year period you must begin the application process from the beginning.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Residential Home Builder License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

South Carolina Residential Specialty Contractor Electrical License

More Information:

http://www.llr.sc.gov/pol/residentialbuilders/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Residential Builders Commission
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Residential Specialty Electrical License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$160 if the license is issued on or between July 1st of odd-numbered years and June 30th of even-numbered years; $80 if the license is issued on or between July 1st of even-numbered years and June 30th of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

South Carolina Residential Specialty Contractor Heating and Air Conditioning License

More Information:

http://www.llr.sc.gov/pol/residentialbuilders/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Residential Builders Commission
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Residential Specialty HVAC License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$160 if the license is issued on or between July 1st of odd-numbered years and June 30th of even-numbered years; $80 if the license is issued on or between July 1st of even-numbered years and June 30th of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

South Carolina Residential Specialty Contractor Plumbing License

More Information:

http://www.llr.sc.gov/pol/residentialbuilders/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Residential Builders Commission
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

Residential Specialty Plumbing License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$160 if the license is issued on or between July 1st of odd-numbered years and June 30th of even-numbered years; $80 if the license is issued on or between July 1st of even-numbered years and June 30th of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:12/4/18

South Carolina Residential Specialty Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://www.llr.sc.gov/pol/residentialbuilders/index.asp?file=pub.htm

Agency:South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Residential Builders Commission
Fact Checked:4/27/18

Initial Registration

Form:

South Carolina Residential Specialty Contractor Registration

Agency Fee:

$100 if the registration application is received on or between July 1, odd numbered year to June 30, even numberedyear; $50 if the registration application is received on or between July 1, even numbered year to June 30, odd numbered year.

Notarize:Required
Fact Checked:1/30/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

South Carolina Residential Specialty Contractor Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:1/30/20

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