Texas 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 Texas.

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Texas Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/acr/acrforms.htm

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Program
Insurance Requirements:

  • Class A licensees must have commercial general liability insurance in the following amounts: at least $300,000 per occurance (combined for property damage and bodily injury); at least $600,000 aggregate (total amount paid for property damage and bodily injury); and at least $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operations.
  • Class B licensees must have commercial general liability insurance in the following amounts: at least $100,000 per occurance (combined for property damage and bodily injury); at least $200,000 aggregate (total amount paid for property damage and bodily injury); and at least $100,000 aggregate for products and completed operations.

Initial Registration

Form:

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractor License Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$115

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$65

Due:

Annually

Texas Asbestos Abatement Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Abatement Contractor

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$1,102

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Abatement Contractor

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$1,102

Due:

Biennially

Texas Asbestos Consultant Agency License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Consultant Agency

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$443

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Consultant Agency

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$443

Due:

Biennially

Texas Asbestos Management Planner Agency License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Management Planner Agency

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$443

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Management Planner Agency

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$443

Due:

Biennially

Texas Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Contractor (Restricted) License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos License Application/Renewal Operations and Maintenance Contractor (Restricted)

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$268

Due:

Biennially

Texas Electrical Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program
Insurance Requirements:

  • Electrical contractors must have general liability insurance in the following amounts: at least $300,000 per occurance (combined for property damage and bodily injury); at least $600,000 aggregate (total amount paid for property damage and bodily injury); and at least $300,000 aggregate for products and completed operations.
  • Contractors with employees must also submit proof of having either workers' compensation insurance or self-insurance.

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical or Electrical Sign Contractor License Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$110

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$115

Due:

Annually

Texas Electrical Sign Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical or Electrical Sign Contractor License Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$110

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$110

Due:

Annually

Texas Elevator Contractor License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/elevator/eleforms.htm

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Elevators Program

Texas General Contractor License

Not required



There is no state level license for general contractor firms in Texas, however, industrialized housing and building contractors are required to register with the department of licensing and regulation.

Texas Plumbing Contractor License

Not required



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

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Dallas Electrical Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractor Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$160

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractor Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$160

Due:

Biennially

Dallas Electrical Sign Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractor Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$160

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractor Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$160

Due:

Biennially

Dallas Fire Alarm Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Dallas Fire Sprinkler Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Dallas General Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Dallas Irrigation Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Dallas Mechanical Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Mechanical Contractor Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Form:

Mechanical Contractor Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$120

Due:

Biennially

Dallas Plumbing Contractor License

More Information:

http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/Pages/FormsDept.aspx

Agency:City of Dallas Building Inspection Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Plumbing Contractor and Medical Gas Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Form:

Plumbing Contractor and Medical Gas Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Agency fee:

$120

Due:

Biennially

Fort Worth Commercial Building Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Concrete Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Electrical Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Application(renewal)

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$120

Due:

Annually

Fort Worth Fence Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Masonry Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Mechanical Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Application(renewal)

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$120

Due:

Annually

Fort Worth Plumbing Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Registration Application

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$120

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor Registration Application(renewal)

Filing method:

Mail

Agency fee:

$120

Due:

Annually

Fort Worth Pool/Spa Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Residential Building Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Roofing Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Sign Erector Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Steel Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

Fort Worth Wrecking Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://fortworthtexas.gov/planninganddevelopment/permits/contractor-registration/

Agency:City of Fort Worth Planning and Development Department (TX)

San Antonio Demolition Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor#157451649-other

Agency:City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Electrical Contractor License Registration

Not required



The city no longer issues electrical contractor licenses.

More information: City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Home Improvement Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor#157451638-building

Agency:City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Mechanical Contractor License Registration

Not required



The city no longer issues mechanical contractor licenses.

More information: City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Residential Building Contractor Registration

More Information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor#157451638-building

Agency:City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Sidewalk, Curb, and Gutter Contractor License

More Information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor#157451649-other

Agency:City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Sign Contractor License Registration

More Information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor#157451648-sign

Agency:City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

San Antonio Tree Maintenance License

More Information:

http://www.sanantonio.gov/DSD/Contractor#157451649-other

Agency:City of San Antonio Development Services (TX)

Individual Licenses

Texas Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Certification

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/acr/acrforms.htm

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Program

Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician Registration

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/acr/acrforms.htm

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Program

Texas Apprentice Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Asbestos Abatement Supervisor License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Abatement Worker License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Air Monitor Technician License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Individual Consultant License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Individual Management Planner License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Supervisor (Restricted) License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Project Manager License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Asbestos Transporter License

More Information:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/asbestos/forms.aspx

Agency:Texas Department of State Health Services - Asbestos Program

Texas Journeyman Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Journeyman Lineman License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Journeyman Plumber License

More Information:

http://tsbpe.texas.gov/license-types/

Agency:Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

Texas Maintenance Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Master Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$45

Due:

18 months from date of registration or prior renewal.

Original Ink:Not required
Penalties:

Late (1-90 days): additional $22.50.

Very Late (91 days - 18 months): additional $45.

Texas Master Plumber License

More Information:

http://tsbpe.texas.gov/license-types/

Agency:Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

Texas Plumber Apprentice Registration

More Information:

http://tsbpe.texas.gov/license-types/

Agency:Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

Texas Plumbing Inspector License

More Information:

http://tsbpe.texas.gov/license-types/

Agency:Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

Texas Residential Appliance Installer License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Residential Wireman License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Sign Electrician License

More Information:

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elecforms.htm#elecforms

Agency:Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation - Electricians Program

Texas Tradesman Plumber Limited License

More Information:

http://tsbpe.texas.gov/license-types/

Agency:Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners

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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