Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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Tennessee Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Tennessee Asbestos Firm Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a Firm or LEA to Conduct Asbestos Activities

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for a Firm or LEA to Conduct Asbestos Activities (Renewal)

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$125

Tennessee Contractor's License

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/contractor.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance: Board for Licensing Contractors
Financial Requirements:

  • Licenses are issued with a monetary limit, the maximum approved amount for a single construction project or contract.
  • A contractor's working capital and net worth must each amount to at least 10% of the proposed monetary limit. For example, an applicant with a net worth of $150,000 and a working capital of $10,000 would be eligible for a monetary limit of $100,000, assuming they also meet experience requirements.

Insurance Requirements:

  • Contractors must provide a certificate of insurance as proof of having general liability and workers' compensation insurance.
  • The coverage minimums for general liability insurance depend on the monetary license limit requested: Contractors requesting a monetary limit of up to $500,000 need at least $100,000 of coverage, contractors requesting a limit of between $500,001 and $1,500,000 need at least $500,000 of coverage, and contractors requesting a limit of $1,500,001 or more need at least $1,000,000 in coverage.

Bond Requirements:

There is no general bonding requirement for a contractor's license, however, in some cases contractors are permitted to submit a bond in order to meet working capital or other requirements.

Notes:

  • A contractor's license is required for projects worth $25,000 or more when acting as either: A prime contractor; an electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, or roofing subcontractor; a masonry subcontractor on a project worth at least $100,000; or as a construction manager on projects worth at least $25,000.
  • Unlimited licenses are available for contractors with at least $300,000 of working capital and a net worth of at least $300,000.

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor's License Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$250

Notarize:Required
Notes:
  • Applicants requesting a monetary limit of $3,000,000 or less must submit a financial statement reviewed by a CPA. Monetary limits of $3,000,001 or more require an audited financial statement prepared by a CPA.
  • Financial statements must be prepared according to GAAP. Compiled and income tax basis statements are not accepted.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$200

Due:

Biennially

Notes:

  • Contractors with a monetary limit of $3,000,000 or less must submit a self-prepared or compiled financial statement along with the renewal application. Contractors with a limit of $3,000,001 or more must submit a CPA-reviewed financial statement.

Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/commerce/fire/permits

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance - Licensing & Regulations

Individual Licenses

Tennessee Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Tennessee Asbestos Inspector Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Tennessee Asbestos Management Planner Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Tennessee Asbestos Project Designer Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Tennessee Asbestos Project Monitor Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Tennessee Asbestos Supervisor Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Tennessee Asbestos Worker Accreditation

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/environment/program-areas/asbestos-program/sw-accreditations-for-asbestos-professionals.html

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Tennessee Responsible Managing Employee of Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.tn.gov/commerce/fire/permits

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance - Fire Prevention/State Fire Marshal's Office

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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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