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Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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Kentucky Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Kentucky Asbestos Contractor Certification

Agency:Kentucky Division for Air Quality
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Asbestos-DEP 7034 Contractor Certification Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100 filing fee + $400 certification fee.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Asbestos-DEP 7034 Contractor Certification Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$50 filing fee + $200 certification fee.

Due:

Annually

Kentucky Electrical Contractor License - Business

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Notes:

Kentucky issues electrical contractor licenses to both individuals and businesses. Licenses issued to businesses remain with the company if their qualifying individual leaves, while individual contractor licenses can be used to qualify a business but do not remain with the business if the qualifier leaves.

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the end of the month of issuance.

Kentucky Elevator Contractor License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Division of Building Codes Enforcement
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Kentucky Elevator Contractor License

Agency Fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Form:

Kentucky Elevator Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$240

Due:

Annually by the end of the applicant's birth month.

Kentucky Fire Protection Chemical Systems Contractor's License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Law:

KRS Chapter l98B

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:
  • Included an “ACORD” Certificate of Insurance from your insurance company showing coverage. The name of the liability insurance company, insurer providing errors and omissions, and the name of the worker’s compensation
    insurance company must agree with the information as it appears on the Kentucky Department of Insurance data base.
  • Include Department of Insurance NAIC# on the “ACORD” Certificate. Provider must be by an insure authorized to do business in this state or exported by a licensed surplus lines broker to an eligible carrier pursuant to KRS 304.10-
    210.
  • The liability insurance must have Errors and Omissions included with the liability coverage and stated on the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance.
    Liability insurance minimums are met. $250,000 one person/maximum and $500,000 one accident/maximum. No limits on errors and omissions
  • The Certificate of Insurance - Fire Protection System Contractor form must signed by the agent if the carrier is an admitted carrier or by the broker if the insurer is a surplus lines carrier; the agent/broker Dept. of Insurance ID number must be included note their IRS or business license number
    Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Every employer with one or more employees is required to maintain coverage (KRS 342.630). Out-of-state employers doing any work in this state are required to have Kentucky workers’ compensation insurance. Phone 502-564-5550 for details.
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Contractor License Fire Protection Chemical FPS-CL-1

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + certificate of competency fee based on Prorated Fee Schedule

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Contractor License Fire Protection Chemical FPS-CL-1

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + $125 Certificate of Competency fee

Due:

Annually by the last day of the certificate holder's birth month. 

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:

Kentucky Fire Protection Rangehood Contractor's License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Law:

KRS Chapter l98B

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:
  • Included an “ACORD” Certificate of Insurance from your insurance company showing coverage. The name of the liability insurance company, insurer providing errors and omissions, and the name of the worker’s compensation insurance company must agree with the information as it appears on the Kentucky Department of Insurance data base.
  • Include Department of Insurance NAIC# on the “ACORD” Certificate. Provider must be by an insure authorized to do business in this state or exported by a licensed surplus lines broker to an eligible carrier pursuant to KRS 304.10-210.
  • The liability insurance must have Errors and Omissions included with the liability coverage and stated on the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance.
  • Liability insurance minimums are met. $250,000 one person/maximum and $500,000 one accident/maximum. No limits on errors and omissions
  • The Certificate of Insurance - Fire Protection System Contractor form must signed by the agent if the carrier is an admitted carrier or by the broker if the insurer is a surplus lines carrier; the agent/broker Dept. of Insurance ID number must be included note their IRS or business license number
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Every employer with one or more employees is required to maintain coverage (KRS 342.630). Out-of-state employers doing any work in this state are required to have Kentucky workers’ compensation insurance. Phone 502-564-5550 for details.
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Contractor License Fire Protection Rangehood FPS-RL-1

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + certificate of competency fee based on Prorated Fee Schedule

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Contractor License Fire Protection Rangehood FPS-RL-1 (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + $125 Certificate of Competency fee

Due:

Annually by the last day of the certificate holder's birth month. 

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:

Kentucky Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems Contractor's License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Law:

KRS Chapter l98B

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Insurance Requirements:
  • Included an “ACORD” Certificate of Insurance from your insurance company showing coverage. The name of the liability insurance company, insurer providing errors and omissions, and the name of the worker’s compensation
    insurance company must agree with the information as it appears on the Kentucky Department of Insurance data base.
  • Include Department of Insurance NAIC# on the “ACORD” Certificate. Provider must be by an insure authorized to do business in this state or exported by a licensed surplus lines broker to an eligible carrier pursuant to KRS 304.10-
    210.
  • The liability insurance must have Errors and Omissions included with the liability coverage and stated on the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance.
    Liability insurance minimums are met. $250,000 one person/maximum and $500,000 one accident/maximum. No limits on errors and omissions
  • The Certificate of Insurance - Fire Protection System Contractor form must signed by the agent if the carrier is an admitted carrier or by the broker if the insurer is a surplus lines carrier; the agent/broker Dept. of Insurance ID number must be included note their IRS or business license number
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Every employer with one or more employees is required to maintain coverage (KRS 342.630). Out-of-state employers doing any work in this state are required to have Kentucky workers’ compensation insurance. Phone 502-564-5550 for details.
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • To become a certificate holder under KRS 198B.560, an applicant shall satisfactorily pass a current examination prescribed and administered by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies entitled Fire Protection Engineering Technology Automatic Sprinkler System Design Level III, or the equivalent thereof, approved by the commissioner.
  • A certificate holder shall not obtain a fire protection sprinkler contractor's license for more than one (1) fire protection sprinkler contractor at a time
  • An applicant for certificate of competency shall comply with the examination requirements in KRS 198B.570 for the type of system for which the applicant seeks certification.
  • Include a copy of the NICET Level III or IV certification letter valid for the current year or beyond with the certificate of competency application. NICET certified certificate holders must include specific subfield designations.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Contractor License Fire Protection Sprinkler FPS-SL-1   & Application for Certificate of Competency FPS-SC-2-2A

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + certificate of competency fee based on Prorated Fee Schedule

Notarization Required?:Required
Before you Apply:
  • Forms are signed and sealed by a Notary Public. Notary signature and commission expiration date must be clear and not written over and be original signatures no copies.
  • KHEAA statement is initialed, signed, and dated by the Certificate of Competency applicant.
  • Forms are signed and sealed by a Notary Public. Notary signature and commission expiration date must be clear and not written over and be original signatures no copies.
Required Attachments:
  • Proof of insurance (Certificate of Insurance, Errors and Ommissions, Liability Insurance) 
    • Fire Protection System Contractor form must signed by the agent if the carrier is an admitted carrie or by the broker if the insurer is a surplus lines carrier; the agent/broker Dept. of Insurance ID number must be included note their IRS or business license number
  • Include a copy of the NICET Level III or IV certification letter valid for the current year or beyond with the certificate of competency application. NICET certified certificate holders must include specific subfield designations.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Contractor License Fire Protection Sprinkler FPS-SL-1  & Application for Certificate of Competency FPS-SC-2-2A

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + $125 Certificate of Competency fee

Due:

Annually by the last day of the certificate holder's birth month. 

Notarization Required?:Required
Notes:
  • Forms are signed and sealed by a Notary Public. Notary signature and commission expiration date must be clear and not written over and be original signatures no copies.
  • KHEAA statement is initialed, signed, and dated by the Certificate of Competency applicant.
Required Attachments:
  • Proof of insurance (Certificate of Insurance, Errors and Ommissions, Liability Insurance) 
    • Fire Protection System Contractor form must signed by the agent if the carrier is an admitted carrie or by the broker if the insurer is a surplus lines carrier; the agent/broker Dept. of Insurance ID number must be included note their IRS or business license number
  • Include a copy of the NICET Level III or IV certification letter valid for the current year or beyond with the certificate of competency application. NICET certified certificate holders must include specific subfield designations.

Kentucky General Contractor License

Not required



General Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Kentucky.

General Contractors are licensed at the county and city level. There is no state level license.

Kentucky Mechanical Contractor License

Not required



Mechanical/HVAC Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Kentucky.

Kentucky does not issue mechanical contractor firm licenses, but a master HVAC contractor license is required in order to operate an HVAC business.

Kentucky Plumbing Contractor License

Not required



Plumbing Contractor Company licensure is not required on the State level in Kentucky.

Kentucky does not issue plumbing contractor licenses, but a master plumber license is required in order to operate a plumbing business.

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

Boone County Electrical Permit

Agency:Boone County Building Department (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Worker's Compensation Insurance or valid Affidavit of Assurance

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Permit Application Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Notes:

Initial permits issued after October 1 of any given year will be honored through the following calendar year

Required Attachments:
  • Boone County Occupational License
  • State of Kentucky Electrical Contractors License
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance or valid Affidavit of Assurances

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Permit Application Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by December 31

Required Attachments:
  • Boone County Occupational License
  • State of Kentucky Electrical Contractors License
  • Worker's Compensation Insurance or valid Affidavit of Assurances

Bowling Greeen/Warren County Specialty Contractor License

Agency:Bowling Green/Warren County Contractors Licensing Board (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

Bowling Green/Warren County General Contractor License

Agency:Bowling Green/Warren County Contractors Licensing Board (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Insurance Requirements:

Provide Certificate of Insurance listing the Contractors Licensing Board, PO Box 1268, Bowling Green, KY 42102 as Certificate Holder showing proof of a minimum of $100,000 General Liability and Workers Comp coverage (if there are no employees ask for an Affidavit of Exemption form)

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set
Requirement Notes:

Please Note if working within the Bowling Green city limits, you are required to obtain a Bowling Green Occupational License. This may be obtained by contacting the Finance Department at the Bowling Green City Hall Annex or by phoning (270) 393-3000.

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$250

Before you Apply:
  • The minimum requirement for General Liability Insurance is $100,000 per occurrence.
  • If you have any employees, your Certificate of Insurance must indicate your Workers Compensation coverage.
    • If you do not have employees, contact the Contractors Licensing Board for an Affidavit of Exemption which must be signed and notarized.
  • If you plan on working within the Bowling Green city limits, you are required to obtain a Bowling Green Occupational License.
  • If you plan on working within Warren County, outside of corporate limits of Bowling Green, you are required to obtain a Warren County Occupational License. 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Registration Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

Boyle County Contractor License

Agency:Boyle County Building Inspection Department (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or email to william.cox@boyleky.com

Agency Fee:

$50

Required Attachments:
  • Contractor's proof of liability insurance in the amount of not less than $350,000
  • Proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance for the work crew

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail, in-person, or email to william.cox@boyleky.com

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Required Attachments:
  • Contractor's proof of liability insurance in the amount of not less than $350,000
  • Proof of Worker's Compensation Insurance for the work crew

Louisville Building Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Insurance Requirements:
  • Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $250,000
  • The certificate holder should read Codes & Regulations - Office of Construction Review 444 S. 5th Street Louisville, KY 40202
  • Worker's Compensation & Unemployment Insurance or Affidavit(s)
Notes:

Applicants selecting a Building A-R (Residential), Building A-RC (Residential and Commercial), or Building B – Residential license will need to obtain 6 CEUs from an approved provider. For a pre-approved list of classes or additional information on CEU hours, visit Continuing Education for Contractors

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:
  • Building License Type A: $125 license fee
  • Building License Type B: $50 license fee
Notes:

For helpful information on how to apply online, see the guide for applying for a contractor license

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance or relevant Affidavit(s)
  • Occupational License from Louisville-Jefferson County Revenue Commission
  • Continuing Education Certificate (if applicable)

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online or mail

Agency Fee:
  • Building License Type A: $125 renewal fee
  • Building License Type B: $50 renewal fee
Due:

Annually by December 31

Notes:

If choosing to mail in documents and information, mark the envelope as a License Update to expedite the process

Required Attachments:
  • Company Name & License Number
  • Certificate of Insurance or relevant Affidavit(s)
  • Occupational License from Louisville-Jefferson County Revenue Commission
  • Continuing Education Certificate (if applicable)

Louisville Fire Detection Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Louisville Fire Supression Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Permit Application 

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by number of sprinklers. See application for fee schedule. 

Required Attachments:
  • A Fire Suppression Contractor license with State of Kentucky and Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government is required.
  • The Fire Suppression Drawing(s) shall bear two (2) Commonwealth of Kentucky Fire Suppression Seals (Contractor, Layout Technician) and be signed by the layout technician.
  • Provide a drawing or sketch showing the Hood location in the kitchen and the pull station wall with the relationship to the egress door and other areas.
  • The Fire Suppression manual actuation device shall be located at or near a means of egress from the cooking area not less than 10 feet and not more than 20 feet from the kitchen exhaust system

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by number of sprinklers. 

Due:

Annually by December 31. 

Louisville HVAC Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Identification License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Contractor Renewals

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually

Louisville Mechanical Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Identification License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Contractor Renewals

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually

Louisville Plumbing Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor Identification License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Contractor Renewals

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually

Louisville Sign Identification Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Louisville Wrecking Contractor License

Agency:Louisville Office of Construction Review (KY)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Individual Licenses

Kentucky Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Kentucky Apprentice HVAC License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - HVAC Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Apprentice HVAC Registration

Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Kentucky Asbestos Accreditation

Agency:Kentucky Division for Air Quality
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Asbestos Accreditation

Agency Fee:

Inspector: $100; Management Planner & Inspector: $100; Project Designer: $100; Abatement Supervisor: $100; Abatement Worker: $20

Notes:

Along with your application you must submit a copy of your most recent proof of training to the Division. Training must be from an EPA-approved provider

Registration Renewal

Form:

Kentucky Asbestos Accreditation Renewal

Agency Fee:

Inspector: $50; Management Planner & Inspector: $50; Project Designer: $50; Abatement Supervisor: $50; Abatement Worker: $10

Due:

In Kentucky, your license expires when your proof of training expires.

Notes:

Along with your application you must submit a copy of your most recent proof of training to the Division. Training must be from an EPA-approved provider

Kentucky Boiler and Pressure Vessel Contractor License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Yes
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Boiler Contractor License Application

Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Form:

Boiler Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$175

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Electrical Contractor License - Individual

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Notes:

Kentucky issues electrical contractor licenses to both individuals and businesses. Licenses issued to businesses remain with the company if their qualifying individual leaves, while individual contractor licenses can be used to qualify a business but do not remain with the business if the qualifier leaves.

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Electrician License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Original Ink:Not required

Kentucky Elevator Mechanic License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Division of Building Codes Enforcement
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Elevator Mechanic License Application

Agency Fee:

$96

Registration Renewal

Form:

Elevator Mechanic License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$96

Due:

Annually from date of initial licensure.

Kentucky Fire Alarm Systems Inspector Certification

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

FPS 33-01 - Fire Alarm Systems Inspector certification application

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$50 

Notes:

Applicant shall have had, within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of the filing of this application, not less than one and one-half (1 ½ ) years experience in the installation, repair or testing in the particular classification for which the application is made

Required Attachments:
  • Attach a current passport-sized color photograph

Registration Renewal

Form:

FPS 33-02 - Fire alarm systems inspector certification renewal application

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$50 

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensees birth month. 

Required Attachments:
  • Provide proof of:
    • ( ) Certification of attending six (6) hours continuing education;
      OR
      ( ) Current NICET certification
  • Attach a current passport-sized color photograph

Kentucky Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems Certificate of Competency

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Certificate of Competency FPS-SC-2-2A  

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$125

Before you Apply:
  • Forms are signed and sealed by a Notary Public. Notary signature and commission expiration date must be clear and not written over and be original signatures no copies
  • KHEAA statement is initialed, signed, and dated by the Certificate of Competency applicant
Required Attachments:
  • Included an “ACORD” Certificate of Insurance from your insurance company showing coverage. The name of the liability insurance company, insurer providing errors and omissions, and the name of the worker’s compensation
    insurance company must agree with the information as it appears on the Kentucky Department of Insurance data base. Include Department of Insurance NAIC# on the “ACORD” Certificate. Provider must be by an insure authorized to do business in this state or exported by a licensed surplus lines broker to an eligible carrier pursuant to KRS 304.10- 210.The liability insurance must have Errors and Omissions included with the liability coverage and stated on the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance.
    Liability insurance minimums are met. $250,000 one person/maximum and $500,000 one accident/maximum. No limits on errors and omissions
    Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Every employer with one or more employees is required to maintain coverage (KRS 342.630). Out-of-state employers doing any work in this state are required to have Kentucky workers’ compensation insurance. Phone 502-564-5550 for details.
  • Include a copy of the NICET Level III or IV certification letter valid for the current year or beyond with the certificate of competency application. NICET certified certificate holders must include specific subfield designations.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Certificate of Competency FPS-SC-2-2A

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

All certificates issued under KRS 198B.570 shall expire on the last day of
the certificate holder's birth month in the following year

Before you Apply:
  • KHEAA statement is initialed, signed, and dated by the Certificate of Competency applicant
  • Forms are signed and sealed by a Notary Public. Notary signature and commission expiration date must be clear and not written over and be original signatures no copies.
Required Attachments:
  • Included an “ACORD” Certificate of Insurance from your insurance company showing coverage. The name of the liability insurance company, insurer providing errors and omissions, and the name of the worker’s compensation
    insurance company must agree with the information as it appears on the Kentucky Department of Insurance data base. Include Department of Insurance NAIC# on the “ACORD” Certificate. Provider must be by an insure authorized to do business in this state or exported by a licensed surplus lines broker to an eligible carrier pursuant to KRS 304.10- 210.
    • The liability insurance must have Errors and Omissions included with the liability coverage and stated on the ACORD Certificate of Liability Insurance.
    • Liability insurance minimums are met. $250,000 one person/maximum and $500,000 one accident/maximum. No limits on errors and omissions
    • Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Every employer with one or more employees is required to maintain coverage (KRS 342.630). Out-of-state employers doing any work in this state are required to have Kentucky workers’ compensation insurance. Phone 502-564-5550 for details.
  • Include a copy of the NICET Level III or IV certification letter valid for the current year or beyond with the certificate of competency application. NICET certified certificate holders must include specific subfield designations.

Kentucky Journeyman HVAC Mechanic License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - HVAC Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman HVAC Mechanic License Application

Agency Fee:

$50; all HVAC application fees are prorated according to the applicant's birth month. The fee structure can be found on the last page of each license application.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman HVAC Mechanic License

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Journeyman Plumber License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Division of Plumbing
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Journeyman Plumber License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Journeyman Plumber License

Agency Fee:

$60

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Master Electrician License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Electrical Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical License Application

Agency Fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Electrical License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by the last day of the licensee's birth month.

Original Ink:Not required

Kentucky Master HVAC Contractor License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - HVAC Division
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Contractor License Application - HVAC 1

Agency Fee:

all HVAC application fees are prorated according to the applicant's birth month. The fee structure can be found on the last page of each license application.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Master Contractor License Application - HVAC 1

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Kentucky Master Plumber License

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Division of Plumbing
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Master Plumber License Application

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by the end of the licensee's birth month.

Notes:

Renewal information is sent 1 month prior to expiration date.

Kentucky Sprinkler Systems Inspector Certification

Agency:Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction - Licensing Branch
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

If not employed by active KY sprinkler contractor, submit certificate of liability insurance. Errors and omissions must be included with liability insurance and stated on Certificate of Liability Insurance. Inspector’s name and address must be listed on Certificate of Liability Insurance

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Initial Application for Fire Sprinkler Systems Certification  

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

See fee schedule. Prorated fees avaiable.

Required Attachments:

1. Pass test letter from Pearson Vue; OR
2. Current NICET Level II or higher certification testing and inspection of water-based systems
3. Affidavit is to be completed on company letterhead, signed by employer and notarized
4. If not employed by active KY sprinkler contractor, submit certificate of liability insurance. Errors and
omissions must be included with liability insurance and stated on Certificate of Liability Insurance. Inspector’s
name and address must be listed on Certificate of Liability Insurance
5. Send a clear passport quality color photo
5. Enclose prorated fee (fee schedule may be found at www.dhbc@ky.gov, Fire Protection Systems)

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application for Sprinkler Systems Certification

Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

All certificates issued under KRS 198B.570 shall expire on the last day of the certificate holder's birth month in the following year.

Required Attachments:

1. Submit six (6) hours continued education for water-based systems; OR
2. Submit current NICET Level II or higher certification Inspection and Testing of water-based systems
3. Affidavit is to be completed on company letterhead, signed by employer and notarize
4. If not employed by active KY sprinkler contractor, submit certificate of liability insurance. Errors and omissions must be
included with liability insurance and stated on Certificate of Liability Insurance. Inspector’s name and address must be
listed on the Certificate of Liability Insurance
5. Send a clear, passport quality color photo
6. Enclose fee in the amount of $50.00
7. Make check or money order payable to: Kentucky State Treasurer

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