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Virginia 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 Virginia.

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Virginia Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Virginia Asbestos Contractor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$110

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor - Asbestos & Lead License Renewal Form -3306

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Virginia Class A Contractor Firm License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Bond Requirements:

Contractors have the option of filing a $50,000 surety bond, submitting a financial statement form, or submitting financial statements reviewed or audited by a CPA.

Notes:

Any contractor who undertakes a project the total value of which is $120,000 or more is required to have a Class A license.

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Firm License Application

Agency Fee:

$385

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Virginia Class B Contractor Firm License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Bond Requirements:

Contractors have the option of filing a $50,000 surety bond, submitting a financial statement form, or submitting financial statements reviewed or audited by a CPA.

Notes:

Any contractor who undertakes a project the total value which is between $10,000 and $120,000 is required to have a Class B license.

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Firm License Application

Agency Fee:

$370

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$225

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Virginia Class C Contractor Firm License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Bond Requirements:

There is no bond requirement for Class C licenses.

Notes:

Any contractor who undertakes a project the total value which is between $1,000 and $10,000 is required to have a Class C license.

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Firm License Application

Agency Fee:

$235

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$195

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Virginia Lead Abatement Contractor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Virginia Lead Abatement Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$110

Registration Renewal

Form:

Virginia Lead Abatement Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$30

Due:

Annually by the end of the month the license was issued in.

Virginia Residential Business Energy Analyst (RBEA) Firm License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

RBEA FIRM License Application

Agency Fee:

$210

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$195

Due:

Biennially by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Virginia Temporary Contractor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors
Eligible Entity Types:
  • Corporatins
  • General Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies 
  • Limited Partnerships 
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

State law requires every applicant, who is not a sole proprietor or solely owned LLC, to provide a federal employer identification number. Sole proprietor or solely owned LLC who do not have a FEIN must provide a social security number or a control number issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Financial Requirements:
  • Class A & Class B Applicants must provide proof of financial responsibility.
  • Class A applicants must document $45,000 in net worth/equity.
  • Class B applicants must document $15,000 in net worth/equity.
  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements may qualify for a Class C license.
Notes:
  • A temporary license is only valid for 45 days and cannot be renewed, reinstated or reapplied for.
  • This license will allow firms to have 45 days to complete all licence requirements for a two year contractor license that will be renewable.
  • The application is for contractors with a current out of state contractor license.
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • All business entities applying for a license are required to have a Designated Employee or a member of Responsible Management complete a board. approved pre-license education course approved by the Board of Contractors.
    • Completion of this course cannot be used to substitute the business exams taken by the Designated Employee or Qualified Individual.
  • Must attach a legible copy of a government issued photo ID for all members of Responsible Management.
  • Each business will select a classification/specialty designation for which they are applying for and provide one Qualified Individual for each designation in section A or B on the application.
    • Must be either a fulltime employee of the business (working a minimum of 30 hours or more with the business) or who is listed as a
      member of Responsible Management.
    • Must have the minimum years of experience in the classification or specialty they are applying - 2 years for a Class C License, 3 years for a Class B License and 5 years for a Class A License.
      • An Experience Verification Form must be submitted for each Qualified Individual who is requesting a designation that requires pre-approval for an examination.
    • Have successfully completed the appropriate prerequisite for the classification or specialty designation selected below. The prerequisite for each is listed in the box below.
  • All Class A & Class B license applicants must declare a Designated Employee who has successfully completed the appropriate business examinations and is either a full-time employee (not a 1099 employee) of the business or a member of Responsible Management.
    • Class A - Advanced, General, and Virginia exam; and Class B - General and Virginia exam.
    • If the Designated Employee is not a member of Responsible Management, attach a legible copy of a government issued photo ID and provide fulltime employment verification (I9, W2, or other similar documentation).
Requirement Notes:

A letter of good standing from the State Agency/Regulatory Board that issued your contractor license.


Please note that letters from the State Corporation Commission, Secretary of the State or locality issued
business licenses cannot be used towards a temporary license application.
If your firm cannot provide a letter of good standing from a state agency equivalent to the Board for Contractors.



your application will be determined incomplete and your application fee will be valid for one year from the received date.


All businesses in Virginia must be registered with the SCC (including all out-of-state businesses). Firms/Businesses shall be organized as business entity under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or otherwise authorized to transact business in Virginia. No person, partnership, limited liability company or corporation shall conduct or transact business in this Commonwealth under any assumed or fictitious name unless register with the Virginia SCC.

Initial Registration

Form:

Temporary Contractor License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Determined by Class. Class A $435, Class B $420, Class C $285

Notes:
  • A temporary license is only valid for 45 days and cannot be renewed, reinstated or reapplied for.
  • This license will allow firms to have 45 days to complete all licence requirements for a two year contractor license that will be renewable.
  • This application is for contractors with a current out of state contractor license.
Before you Apply:
  • To use this application you must provide the following:
    • A letter of good standing from the State Agency/Regulatory Board that issued your contractor license.
      • Please note that letters from the State Corporation Commission, Secretary of the State or locality issued business licenses cannot be used towards a temporary license application.
      • If your firm cannot provide a letter of good standing from a state agency equivalent to the Board for Contractors your application will be determined incomplete and your application fee will be valid for one year from the received date.
  • All businesses in Virginia must be registered with the SCC (including all out-of-state businesses). Firms/Businesses shall be organized as business entity under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia or otherwise authorized to transact business in Virginia. No person, partnership, limited liability company or corporation shall conduct or transact business in this Commonwealth under any assumed or fictitious name unless register with the Virginia SCC.
Required Attachments:
  • Certifications of Licensure/Letter of Good Standing, prepared by the state board or regulatory body must include:
    • 1) thelicense/certification/registration number;
    • 2) the initial date of licensure;
    • 3) the expiration date of the license or renewal fee;
    • 4) the means of obtaining licensure (i.e. exam, reciprocity, etc.);and
    • 5) all closed disciplinary actions resulting in a violation or undetermined finding.
  • If an assumed/fictitious name is to be used, a copy of the certificate filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) pursuant to §59.1-69 of the Code of Virginia must be attached to this application.
  • FEIN Number
  • Must attach a legible copy of a government issued photo ID for all
    members of Responsible Management.
  • An Experience Verification Form must be submitted for each Qualified Individual who is requesting a designation that requires pre-approval for an examination.
  • Complete an Experience Verification Form for each Qualified Individual who is seeking pre-approval for a designation that requires an examination (only).
    • If applying for the MSC specialty, provide the Board for Contractors with all required documentation to support your request for this designation.
  • If the Designated Employee is not a member of Responsible Management, attach a legible copy of a government issued photo ID and provide fulltime employment verification (I9, W2, or other similar documentation).
  • Disciplinary Action Reporting Form (if applicable) 
  • Criminal Conviction Reporting Form (if applicable) 
  • Adverse Financial History Reporting Form (if applicable) 

Renewal Not Required

Not required



This license is only valid for 45 days and can not be renewed. 

Individual Licenses

Virginia Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Virginia Asbestos Inspector License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Inspector License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Asbestos License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Asbestos Management Planner License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Asbestos License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Asbestos Project Designer License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Project Designer License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Asbestos License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Asbestos Project Monitor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Project Monitor License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Asbestos License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Asbestos Supervisor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Supervisor License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Asbestos License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Asbestos Worker License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos Worker License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Asbestos License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Certified Elevator Mechanic License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Tradesmen Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Elevator Mechanic Application

Agency Fee:

$130

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

A renewal card will be mailed to licensee.

Virginia Home Inspector License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Home Inspector License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$40 for standard home inspector licenses and $80 for inspectors with the NRS specialty designation.

Due:

Biennially by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Virginia Journeyman Certified Water Well System Provider License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Tradesmen Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Certified Water Well System Provider Application

Agency Fee:

$130

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

The board will mail a renewal notice to the regulant outlining procedures for renewal.

Virginia Lead Abatement Inspector License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Lead Abatement Inspector License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Lead License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Lead Abatement Project Designer License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Lead License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Lead Abatement Risk Assessor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Lead License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Lead Abatement Supervisor License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Lead Abatement Supervisor License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Lead License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Lead Abatement Worker License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Initial Registration

Form:

Lead Abatement Worker License Application

Agency Fee:

$80

Registration Renewal

Form:

Individual - Lead License Renewal Form

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

Prior to the expiration date shown on the individual's current license, the individual desiring to renew that license shall provide evidence of meeting the annual refresher training requirement for license renewal

Virginia Master Certified Water Well System Provider License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Tradesmen Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Certified Water Well System Provider Application

Agency Fee:

$130

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

The board will mail a renewal notice to the regulant outlining procedures for renewal.

Virginia Residential Business Energy Analyst (RBEA) Individual License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Board for Contractors

Initial Registration

Form:

RBEA IDIVIDUAL License Application

Agency Fee:

$130

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Notes:

Renewal forms are sent in the mail.

Virginia Tradesman License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Tradesmen Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Tradesman License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$130 regardless of the number of designations selected.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$90 regardless of the number of designations on the license.

Due:

Triennially by the end of the month of issuance. 

Law:

18 VAC 50-30-120

Virginia Trainee Certified Water Well System Provider License

Agency:Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Tradesmen Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Certified Water Well System Provider Application

Agency Fee:

$130

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

Biennially by the end of the month of issuance.

Notes:

The board will mail a renewal notice to the regulant outlining procedures for renewal.

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