50-State Construction Licensing Compliance Guide
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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

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

Due:

Annually by the end of the registration anniversary month.

Tennessee Contractor's License

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - Board for Licensing Contractors
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

To obtain an unlimited license, the contractor must show $300,000 in both working capital and net worth; experience, and an audited financial statement. An audit is not required at renewal to retain this limit.

Insurance Requirements:
  • Contractors must provide a certificate of insurance as proof of having general liability and workers' compensation insurance.
  • The certificate of insurance must include policy numbers, expiration date, and the "Board for Licensing Contractors" with address must be listed as the "Certificate Holder"
  • 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.
  • Workers' Compensation is required for all contractors applying for a license unless:
    • The contractor does not have any employees; and
    • The license owners/employer has met the criteria to be exempt or provided proof of registration as a "Construction Services Provider" with the Secretary of State.
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 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

Turnaround:

AT least three weeks

Due:

The application is due 20th of the month before the Board meets.
The application must be received in the office by deadline date; not postmarked, to ensure it is prepped by the staff for review. The Board meets six (6) times annually during the following months: January (Nashville); March (Nashville); May (West TN); July (Nashville); September (East TN); and November (Nashville). Meeting locations are tentative and subject to change. See “Public Meetings Calendar” on the website. For example, in order to be reviewed at the January meeting, application would be due December 20th. If 20th is on a holiday/weekend, next business day is considered the deadline.

Notarization Required?: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.
  • An interview with a board member at the meeting may be required for the
    following: Qualifying Agent (QA) is not a majority owner and employed less than six (6) months; Experience – Insufficient amount listed for the monetary limit requested; and/or if there are issues such as: Complaint history; judgments; felony convictions; bankruptcy; etc., or failure to disclose such issues. Whenever an interview is required, the QA is required to interview. If the QA is not a majority owner, then both the QA and an owner; or QA and an officer, must both attend the board meeting. An admission letter of the time, date and location of the meeting will be sent to those required to interview.
  • Those required to interview, this is informal and takes no longer than 30 minutes. However, due to several contractors scheduled, there may be a timely wait. Board members in your field of expertise usually perform the interview. For example, an electrical Board member will interview those applying for an electrical license, and the mechanical contractor interviews the plumbing and HVAC contractors, etc. At the interview, the application is reviewed and general questions will be asked about contracting experience and to ensure the license classification covers your type of projects. You may use this time to ask the Board member advice or the staff questions concerning the licensing law. There is no dress code requirement.
  • Interview Waived – Files are reviewed prior to the Board meeting and those granted waiver of the interview will be sent a notification letter. However, the license does not get granted earlier and must be approved at the Board meeting.
  • Board Review - See the “Public Meetings Calendar” for the Board meeting schedule. The law requires the full Board to vote to approve all licenses in order to be issued. Contractors granted a hardship for early review are ratified at this meeting for issuance.
  • License Issuance Upon approval by the full Board, the license will be issued for two (2) years. After the Board meeting, these may be confirmed online at “Verify a License” on the website at: http://verify.tn.gov/ within 3 to 7 business days. The license will have your license name, ID number, classification, expiration date and monetary limit (contains same information required to be on the outside of a bid envelope for primes and subs)
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Register your business with the Tennesee Secretary of State
  2. Appoint an individual/Qualifying Agent to take the qualifying exam on behalf of the company. 
  3. Ensure there is a prepared and audited financial statement from an independent accounting firm. 
  4. Obtain a Letter of Reference to file with your application. 

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Foreign qualify your business with the Tennesee Secretary of State
  2. Appoint an individual/Qualifying Agent to take the qualifying exam on behalf of the company. 
  3. Ensure there is a prepared and audited financial statement from an independent accounting firm. 
  4. Obtain a Letter of Reference to file with your application. 

 

Required Attachments:
  • Letter of Reference - to be completed by a past client or emp;loyer, who can comment about construction work and expericene, or a code official who has inspected yuor work (not from a relative). 
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Affidavit signed and notarized

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.
Required Attachments:
  • A self-prepared financial statement if the monetary limit is $3,000,000 or less. A monetary limit of more than $3,000,000 requires a CPA-reviewed financial statement.
  • Certificate of insurance for General Liability in the correct format (The "Board for Licensing Contractors" must be named as the certificate holder. The policy number and current expiration date must be listed. TBD and binders are not acceptable)
  • Certificate of Insurance for Workers' Compensation, or Exemption Registration as a "Construction Service Provider", unless, claiming Handyman exemption
  • For corporate entities, proof of active status with the Tennessee Secretary of State's office
  • Disclosures (if applicable)

Amendment
Qualifying Agent Change

Form:

Qualifying Agent (QA) Add / Change Request

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 3 months of the departure of the previous qualifying individual.

Law:

TN Code § 62-6-115

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • For classifications requiring a trade exam, attach a copy of the passing exam score; the “Business and Law” exam is not required to be taken by the new QA.
  • If the QA is a full time employee only, with no ownership or not a majority owner (less than 20% ownership interest), the “Power of Attorney” form must also be signed by the owner, notarized and attached to the application.
  • If the license classification does not require a trade exam, list their experience or attach a resume of the QA.

Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Contractor License

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Contractor Licensel

Agency Fee:

$500 registration fee + $100 application fee

Registration Renewal

Form:

Tennessee Fire Sprinkler Contractor License Renewal

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Tennessee Modular Building Unit Installer License

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance - Modular Building Program
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Bond Requirements:

$25,000

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

License Application for Installer of Modular Building Units

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee + $150 application fee

Required Attachments:
  • Surety Bond
Bond Amount:

$25,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$250 license fee

Due:

Annually by June 30

Bond Amount:

$25,000

Local Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

City of Cookeville Electrical License

Agency:City of Cookeville - Codes Department (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Electrical License applications are not available online. To apply for a license, go in person to the Codes Division at the Cookeville Municipal Building. 

Filing Method:

In-person

Agency Fee:

$50

Required Attachments:
  • Tennessee Contractor's License (for projects exceeding $25,000)
  • Certificate of Worker's Compensation (for projects exceeding $25,000)

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31

Required Attachments:
  • Tennessee Contractor's License (for projects exceeding $25,000)
  • Certificate of Worker's Compensation (for projects exceeding $25,000)

Davidson County/City of Nashville Gas & Appliance Contractor License Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by September 30

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville HVAC&R Contractor License Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by September 30

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville Metropolitan Master Mechanical Contractor Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by September 30

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville Metropolitan Master Plumber Contractor Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit/conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:
  • $100
  • Individuals over the age of 65 are exempt from the annual renewal fee
Due:

Annually by December 31

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville Septic Tank & Overflow Contractor

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit/conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by December 31

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville State Alarm Contractor Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

State Alarm Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$0

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent License with photograph
  • State of Tennessee Company License showing all classifications with the State of Tennessee Alarm Contractors Board
  • Davidson County Business License

Davidson County/City of Nashville State Electrical Contractor Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit/conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

State Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by March 31

Penalties:
  • A penalty of 10% per month of the fee due will be added to the total for all applications submitted after April 1
  • If a registration is not renewed within 1 year of its expiration, it will be considered void and any application will be treated as new 
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville State Gas/Mechanical Contractor Registration

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit/conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

State Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by March 31

Penalties:
  • A penalty of 10% per month of the fee due will be added to the total for all applications submitted after April 1
  • If a registration is not renewed within 1 year of its expiration, it will be considered void and any application will be treated as new 
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville State Plumbing Contractor License

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 permit/conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

State Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$100

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by March 31

Penalties:
  • A penalty of 10% per month of the fee due will be added to the total for all applications submitted after April 1
  • If a registration is not renewed within 1 year of its expiration, it will be considered void and any application will be treated as new 
Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Shelby County/City of Memphis State Contractor Registration

Agency:Memphis and Shelby County - Office of Construction Code Enforcement - Licensing Section (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Applicants must call or visit the Office of Construction Code Enforcement to request an application packet

Filing Method:

Mail or in-person

Agency Fee:

$150

Required Attachments:
  • State of Tennessee License
  • State of Tennessee Qualifying Agent Affidavit
  • Shelby County/City of Memphis Business License
  • Valid Photo I.D. for all individuals listed on application

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$150 per year

Due:

Annually by the associated state-level license renewal

Notes:
  • If a license is in good standing, license holders have the option of requesting to "prepay" for an additional year of licensure
    • This cannot be done online. License holders must call or go in-person to the Memphis and Shelby County licensing section to make this request
  • Shelby County and the City of Memphis run on an annual license cycle, while the State of Tennessee runs on a biennial cycle. The expiration of this registration, although annual, will still follow the month and day of the associated state-level license

Individual Licenses

Tennessee Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

Tennessee Alarm Employee Registration

Agency:Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Qualifying Individual Requirements:
  • Each applicant must:
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be of good moral character.
    • Submit a signed, notarized application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee of $100.
    • Submit copy of receipt for electronically scanned fingerprints.
    • Submit two 1" x 1" color passport-style photos with the name of the applicant printed on the back of each.
      • If a criminal history exists applicants must disclose all arrests/charges and provide certified court documents showing the final disposition of all charges. Criminal history that could disqualify an applicant:

(a) Conviction by any local, state, federal or military court of any crime involving the illegal use, possession, sale, manufacture, distribution or transportation of a controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, drug or narcotic;
(b) Conviction of a crime involving felonious assault;
(c) Conviction of a crime involving unlawful breaking or entering, burglary, larceny or arson;
(d) Conviction as an habitual criminal; or
(e) An addiction to alcohol or a narcotic drug.

Conviction means and includes the entry of a plea of guilty, plea of no contest or a verdict rendered in open court by a judge or jury.

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $38 electronic fingerprint fee

Notes:

Registration Requirements:

Employing company must submit applications for alarm employee registration in accordance with the law within 30 days of employment.

Required Attachments:
  • Submit a signed, notarized application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee of $100.
  • Submit copy of receipt for electronically scanned fingerprints.
  • Submit two 1" x 1" color passport-style photos with the name of the applicant printed on the back of each.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100 application fee + $38 electronic fingerprint fee

Due:

A registration shall expire on the last day of the twenty-fourth (24th) month following its issuance

Required Attachments:
  • Submit a signed, notarized application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee of $100.
  • Submit copy of receipt for electronically scanned fingerprints.
  • Submit two 1" x 1" color passport-style photos with the name of the applicant printed on the back of each.

Tennessee Asbestos Inspector Accreditation

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual

Agency Fee:

$125

Notes:

Training must be completed before applying.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by the date of last refresher course completed.

Tennessee Asbestos Management Planner Accreditation

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual

Agency Fee:

$200

Notes:

Training must be completed before applying.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

Annually by the date of last refresher course completed.

Tennessee Asbestos Project Designer Accreditation

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual

Agency Fee:

$150

Notes:

Training must be completed before applying.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by the date of last refresher course completed.

Tennessee Asbestos Project Monitor Accreditation

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual

Agency Fee:

$75

Notes:

Training must be completed before applying.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the date of last refresher course completed.

Tennessee Asbestos Supervisor Accreditation

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual

Agency Fee:

$125

Notes:

Training must be completed before applying.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

Annually by the date of last refresher course completed.

Tennessee Asbestos Worker Accreditation

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Asbestos Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual

Agency Fee:

$25

Notes:

Training must be completed before applying.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application to Conduct Asbestos Activities - Individual (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by the date of last refresher course completed.

Tennessee Backflow Prevention Tester Certificate of Competency

Agency:Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Fleming Training Center - Cross-Connection Control Program

Initial Registration

Form:

Training Class/Seminar Registration

Agency Fee:

$335

Registration Renewal

Form:

Training Class/Seminar Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$170

Due:

Triennially by the date of issuance.

Tennessee Fire Extinguisher Specialist License

Agency:Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance - Fire Prevention/State Fire Marshal's Office
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Requirement Notes:

This application must be accompanied by:
1. Proof of completion of course of instruction/study from a manufacturer school or other program (including date and type of course.)
2. A written affidavit from the firm for which you work, supporting your competency to act as an extinguisher specialist. Pursuant to Rule 0780-2-14.05 (1) (a)
3. Application Fee

Initial Registration

Form:

Fire Extinguisher Specialist 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$75

Required Attachments:


1. Proof of completion of course of instruction/study from a manufacturer school or other program (including date and type of course.) 


2. A written affidavit from the firm for which you work, supporting your competency to act as an
extinguisher specialist. Pursuant to Rule 0780-2-14.05 (1) (a)

3. Must present citizenship evidence listed on the application 

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Application Fire Extinguisher Specialist 

Filing Method:

Mail or online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Biennially by date of issuance. 

Penalties:

If submitted up to ninety (90) days after expiration: $75.
If submitted ninety-one (91) days to two (2) years after expiration: $100.

Tennessee Responsible Managing Employee of Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor License

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Tennessee Responsible Managing Employee of Fire Protection Sprinkler System Contractor License

Agency Fee:

Registration Fee: $200.00; Application Fee: $25.00

Local Construction and Contracting Individual Licenses

City of Athens Contractor License

Agency:City of Athens Community Development Department (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Liability and Worker's Compensation Insurance (no minimum)

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Contractor License Application Form

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25 license fee

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Copy of State License

Registration Renewal

Form:

Contractor License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$25 license renewal fee

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Copy of State License

City of Chattanooga Class I Electrical Contractor License

Agency:City of Chattanooga - Public Works Department - Land Development Office (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by the State of Tennessee

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$400 license fee

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$400 license renewal fee

Due:

By December 31 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

There is no application for renewal. A renewal reminder will be emailed prior to the expiration of the license. A license will be renewed with the payment of the renewal fee.

City of Chattanooga Class III Electrical Contractor License

Agency:City of Chattanooga - Public Works Department - Land Development Office (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by the State of Tennessee

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100 license fee

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$100 license renewal fee

Due:

Biennially by December 31 of even-numbered years

Notes:

There is no application for renewal. A renewal reminder will be emailed prior to the expiration of the license. A license will be renewed with the payment of the renewal fee.

City of Chattanooga Journeyman Sign Electrician License

Agency:City of Chattanooga - Public Works Department - Land Development Office (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Worker's Compensation Insurance as required by the State of Tennessee

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$40 license fee

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$40 license renewal fee

Due:

By June 30 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

There is no application for renewal. A renewal reminder will be emailed prior to the expiration of the license. A license will be renewed with the payment of the renewal fee.

City of Knoxville Electrical Contractor License

Agency:City of Knoxville Plans Review and Inspections Department (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

This license is issued through reciprocity with a valid State of TN CE contractors license and will carry the same rights and limitations as set forth by the State of TN.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Qualifying Individual Requirements:

Must hold a valid State of Tennessee CE contractors license

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300 license fee + $30 application fee

Required Attachments:
  • Copy of the State of Tennessee contractors license
  • Copy of state issued photo ID for the qualifying agent(s) of the contractors license
  • Evidence of qualifying agent for the State CE license reciprocated

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$300 license fee + $30 application fee

Due:

Annually by date of issuance.

Required Attachments:
  • Copy of the State of Tennessee contractors license
  • Copy of state issued photo ID for the qualifying agent(s) of the contractors license
  • Evidence of qualifying agent for the State CE license reciprocated

City of Murfreesboro Electrical License

Agency:City of Murfreesboro Building & Codes Department (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:

Liability and Worker's Compensation Insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000 with the City of Murfreesboro listed as the certificate holder

Notes:

License is only reciprocated with the State of Tennessee Electrical Contractor (CE) license 

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Forms are not available online. Call (619) 893-3750 to have application emailed 

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:
  • Class 1A: $200
  • Class 1B: $100
  • Class II: $75
  • Class III: $75
  • Class IV: $75
Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Copy of current State CE license showing classification and monetary limit
    • If state license is in company name, a letter from the state naming the qualifying agent or a copy of that person's test scores is required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:
  • Class IA: $200
  • Class IB: $100
  • Class II: $75
  • Class III: $75
  • Class IV: $75
Due:

Annually by January 31.

Penalties:

30-day late fee: $50

60-day late fee: $100 + appear before the Board of Electrical Examiners

Notes:

Renewal notices and instructions are mailed out in December

Davidson County/City of Nashville Electrical Equipment Installer - Individual

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by April 1

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville Low Voltage Wiring Installer License - Individual

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by April 1

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Davidson County/City of Nashville Master Electrician License - Individual

Agency:Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County - Codes & Building Safety (TN)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Insurance Requirements:
  • General Liability Insurance in an amount not less than $300,000 per occurrence with combined single limit bodily injury and property damage coverage
  • The certificate holder must be listed as Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, c/o of Metro Codes, 800 2nd Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6350
  • Must be issued by a Tennessee-licensed company
Bond Requirements:

$40,000 conformance bond

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Metro Trades License Registration

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$150

Notarization Required?:Required
Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by April 1

Required Attachments:
  • Bond (must use permit bond form provided by the Department of Codes Administration)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Davidson County Business License
Bond Amount:

$40,000

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