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Hawaii Contractor Licenses

State Licenses

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Acoustical and Insulation Contractor

Covers the installation of acoustic tile systems, spray systems, and insulation in buildings and structures for the purpose of sound control.

Asphalt Concrete Patching, Sealing & Striping Contractor

Allows to patch asphalt driveways and parking areas so that a suitable surface is obtained, to seal coat surfaces and to paint parking or highway stripes.

Asphalt Paving Contractor

Allows to proportion, mix, and place base materials, and to place paving and surfacing consisting of graded mineral aggregates bonded with asphalt or bituminous materials so that a firm, smooth surface suitable for roadways, runways,driveways, parking areas, and play areas is obtained, including the application of seal coating and parking lot striping.

Boiler, Hot-Water Heating, and Steam Fitting Contractor

Allows to install and repair fire-tube and water-tube power boilers and hot-water heating boilers, and thermal fluid systems including all fitting and piping, valves, gauges, pumps, radiators, convectors, fuel oil tanks, fuel oil lines, chimneys, flues, heat insulation, and all other devices, to include pipe insulation connected with boiler installation and repair.

Cabinet, Millwork, and Carpentry Remodeling & Repairs Contractor

allows To install cabinet, case, sash, door, trim, nonbearing partitions, and to remodel or to make repairs to existing buildings or structures, or both, and to do any other work which would be incidental and supplemental to the remodeling or repairing.

Carpentry Framing Contractor

Authorized to do framing, siding, wood truss, roof sheathing, and other work as is by custom and usage accepted in the construction industry as carpentry framing.

Carpet Laying Contractor

Authorized To apply or install acceptable fabric floor coverings or artificial turf to surfaces.

Cement Concrete Contractor

Authorized to mix aggregates, cement, and water in order to make acceptable concrete; to place and finish concrete including the setting of screeds and forms.

Cesspool Contractor

Authorized to excavate cesspools and install septic tanks in compliance with the requirements of the department of health.

Composition Shingle Contractor

Covers the application of shingles and shakes made of wood or any other material.

Conveyor Systems Contractor

Authorized to install belt line conveyor systems including installation of baggage carousels.

Dry Chemical Fire Repressant Systems Contractor

authorized to install tanks, piping, and sprinkler heads in kitchens and range hoods.

Drywall Contractor

Authorized to lay out and install all types of gypsum wallboard systems including the taping and texturing operations incidental thereto. Also included is the application of spray on barriers which would be incidental to the installation of wallboard.

Electrical Contractor

Authorized to place, install, erect, or connect any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, electrical signs, conduits, poles, raceways, and to do trenching, backfilling, patching, and surface restoration in connection with the installation of conduit and lines that transmit, transform, or utilize electrical energy less than 600 volts phase to phase.

Electronic Systems Contractor

Authorized to install electronic equipment and electronic controls, including but not limited to, public address, intercommunication, master antenna, and music distribution systems, CATV systems, master and program clock systems, electronic teaching devices, and other systems including electric door opening devices, and fire and burglar alarm systems; provided that this shall not include the installation of any conduits thereto.

Elevator Contractor

Authorized to assemble, install and maintain sheave beams, motors, sheaves, cable and wire rope, guide, cab, counterweight, door assemblies, hydraulic systems, automatic and manual control systems, signal systems, and all other devices,apparatus, and equipment for the safe and efficient installation and operation of electrical, hydraulic, and manually operated elevators, dumb waiters, moving walks or ramps, conveyor systems, stage lifts, escalators, and man lifts, excluding any lift or conveyor used in constructing a building or structure.

Excavating, Grading and Trenching Contractor

Authorized to dig, move, and place earthen material for a cut, fill, grade, or trench, including the use of explosives in connection therewith.

Fire and Burglar Alarm Contractor

Authorized to install, maintain, and repair central fire and burglar alarm systems; provided that this shall not include the installation of any conduits thereto.

Fire Protection Contractor

Authorized to lay out and install approved types of fire prevention and protective systems, including all mechanical apparatus, devices, piping, and equipment appurtenant thereto.

General Building Contractor

shall automatically hold the following specialty classifications without further examination or paying additional fees: cabinet, millwork, and carpentry remodeling and repairs; carpentry framing; scaffolding; drywall; building moving and wrecking; institutional and commercial equipment; cement concrete; wood and vinyl fencing; aluminum and other metal shingles; wood shingles and wood shakes.

General Engineering

Shall automatically hold the following specialty classifications without further examination or paying additional fees: asphalt paving and surfacing;cesspool; scaffolding; excavating, grading, and trenching; building moving and wrecking;cement concrete; ornamental guardrail, and fencing; pile driving, pile and caisson drilling, and foundation; sewer and drain line; irrigation and lawn sprinkler systems; post tensioning; sewer, sewage disposal, drain, and pipe laying; swimming pool; welding; pumps installation; injection well; solar energy systems.

Glazing Contractor

Authorized to glaze or tint frames, panels, sash, and doors. To assemble and install window wall and curtain wall, shower doors, tub enclosures, mirrors, metal windows and screens metal sliding doors, metal jalousies, store front metal and trim, plastics, tempered glass doors; including items as frames and hardware and any allied products not stipulated above but affiliated with the glass and glazing industry.

Gunite Contractor

Authorized to pneumatically apply aggregates, cement, and water as gunite and finish the surface; including the setting of ground wires and pencil rods to establish the finished surface planes.

High Voltage Electrical Contractor

Authorized to place, install, erect, or connect any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, conduits, raceways, and to do trenching, backfilling, patching, and surface restoration in connection with the installation of conduits and lines that transmit, transform, or utilize electrical energy of more than 600 volts phase to phase.

Irrigation and Lawn Sprinkler Systems Contractor

Authorized to install all piping and fittings, pressure regulators, back flow prevention devices, and irrigation control electrical wiring that will carry 24 volts or less, as required to provide irrigation systems for, but not limited to lawns, parks, playgrounds, highway right of ways, golf courses, and school facilities, including installation of automatic or manual controls in relation to an irrigation system.

Landscaping Contractor

Authorized to prepare plots of land for architectural horticulture and to provide decorative treatment and arrangement of gardens, lawns, shrubs, vines, bushes, trees, and other decorative vegetation; construct conservatories, hot and green houses, drainage and sprinkler systems, all types of rockspacing and ornamental pools, fountains, ornamental walls, fences, and walks; and placement of hydro mulching for ground cover and for containment of soil, to include installation of irrigation control electrical wiring that will carry 24 volts or less.

Masonry Contractor

Authorized to lay brick and other baked clay products, rough or cast stone, marble, granite, or any decorative plaster, cut and dressed stone, artificial stone and brick veneer, CMU, and structural glass brick or block, laid with or without mortar or adhesives, manufactured precast concrete facing and backup panels and brick or block panel, installation of fire clay products and refractories, installation of grout, rubble work, caulking, tuckpointing, sandblasting, mortar, washing, and cleaning related to masonry construction, to place and finish cement concrete, and to drill, saw, and core concrete.

Mechanical Insulation Contractor

Authorized to install insulation materials on mechanical systems for the purpose of temperature control.

Ornamental, Guardrail, and Fencing Contractor

Authorized to install all types of structural and nonstructural units for residential, commercial, and industrial construction, both interior and exterior including, but not limited to, folding gates, guardrails, handrails, stairs, fencing and gates, window shutters and grills, room dividers and shields, accessories, railings, and traffic safety devices.

Painting and Decorating Contractor

Authorized to apply materials common to the painting and decorating industry for protective and decorative purposes, including highway and parking striping by the use of, but not limited to, emulsions, waxes, water repellents, epoxies, polyesters, urethane, liquidglass, fibrous, cement, and rubber base coatings.

Pile Driving, Pile and Caisson Drilling, and Foundation Contractor

Authorized to drill holes for pilings and caissons and to drive piles and set caissons including cutting piles and capping same to compact earth for foundations by vibrafloat or similar systems.

Plastering Contractor

Authorized to apply gypsum plaster, cement, and acoustical plaster or any combination of materials common to the plastering industry to any surface which offers either a mechanical or suction type bond by spray or trowel and to apply lath or any other material that will provide a bond for the plaster including spray on,multipurpose, acoustic, insulation, and fire retardant systems.

Plumbing Contractor

Authorized to install, repair, or alter complete plumbing systems which shall include supply water piping systems, waste water piping systems, fuel gas piping systems, and other fluid piping systems; the equipment, instrumentation,non-electric controls, and the fixture for these systems and the venting for waste water piping systems and fuel gas piping systems

Pole and Line Contractor

Authorized to dress, ground, anchor, and erect poles that will carry high voltage (600 volts phase to phase or more) electrical wires; and to connect and string electrical wires, fixtures, and apparatus to and between the poles, including installation of polemounted transformers.

Reconditioning and Repairing Pipelines Contractor

Authorized to repair or recondition water and sewer lines manually or by remote control in conformity with county sewer or with water supply departments specifications.

Refrigeration Contractor

Authorized to assemble and install devices, machinery, and units, including temperature insulation units, ducts, blowers, registers, humidity, and thermostatic controls for the control of air temperature below fifty degrees Fahrenheit in refrigerators, refrigerated rooms, and insulated refrigerated spaces and to construct walk-in refrigerator boxes.

Reinforcing Steel Contractor

Authorized to assemble and install devices, machinery,and units, including temperature insulation units, ducts, blowers, registers, humidity, and thermostatic controls for the control of air temperature below fifty degrees Fahrenheit in refrigerators, refrigerated rooms, and insulated refrigerated spaces and to construct walk-in refrigerator boxes.

Roofing Contractor

Authorized to install a watertight covering to roof surface by use of, but not limited to, cedar, cement, asbestos, metal, and composition shingles, wood shakes, cement and clay tile, built-up roofing, single ply, fluid type of roofing systems, and other acceptable roofing materials including spray urethane foam, asphalt, and application of protective or reflective roof, or both, and deck coatings.

Sewer, Sewage Disposal, Drain, and Pipe Laying Contractor

Authorized to construct concrete and masonry sewers, packaged sewer disposal plants, sewage lift stations, septic tanks, and appurtenances thereto and to lay steel, cast iron, concrete, vitreous and nonvitreous, plastic, and any other type of piping for storm drains, water, and gas lines, irrigation and sewers, manholes in connection with above work, and repairing and recondition of the pipelines, including the excavation, grading, trenching, backfilling, paving, and surfacing in connection therewith.

Sheet Metal Contractor

Authorized to fabricate, assemble and install cornices,flashings, gutters, downspouts, kitchen and laboratory equipment, duct work, metal flues, and to install premanufactured sheet metal products such as metal chutes, lockers, shelving, louvers, nonbearing metal partitions, and other sheet metal items common to the trade, and facsimile items such as plastic skylights, fiberglass ducts and fittings, including installation of aluminum awnings, canopies, patio covers, and seamless aluminum gutters.

Siding Application Contractor

Authorized to prepare surfaces and install aluminum vinyl or other manufactured siding, with the exception of wood, so that a watertight surface is obtained.

Sign Contractor

Authorized to fabricate and install electrical or nonelectrical signs and sign devices for the purpose of display, advertising, or directions, and to install all sign supports and sign accessories.

Solar Energy Systems Contractor

Authorized to assemble and install solar hot water systems in residential and commercial buildings and swimming pools. Install solar heating and cooling systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

Solar Power Systems Contractor

Authorized to assemble and install photovoltaic panels, batteries, controls, and related low voltage D.C. wiring.

Stone Masonry Contractor

Authorized to construct ornamental walls, veneer walls, and structural walls or columns from marble, granite, or any decorative plaster, stone, artificial stone, rough or cast stone, or veneer stone; to lay stone in a manner that an acceptable paved surface is obtained and to construct stone retaining walls with or without mortar, in conformance with building code requirements.

Structural Steel Contractor

Authorized to fabricate and erect structural steel shapes, bars, rods, and plates of any profile, perimeter, or cross-section, that are or may be used as structural members for buildings and structures, including riveting, bolting, welding, and rigging in connection therewith. Erection of prefabricated metal buildings, passenger loading bridges, metal roofing and metal siding installed on steel framing, and overhead, sliding and roll-up steel doors or mechanical doors.

Swimming Pool Contractor

Authorized to construct and repair concrete, gunite, metal, or plastic type pools, whirlpool baths, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, pool decks, and walkways including, but not limited to, installation and repair of water and gas service lines, from closest point of service to pool equipment, pool piping, fittings, back flow prevention devices, pumps, heaters, chlorine dispensers, electric pool lights, pool plastering and other types of interior finishing and sealing, ceramic tile, coping, swimming pool accessories and safety devices, fences for protective purposes if in original contract, and excavation and grading in connection with swimming pool construction.

Swimming Pool Service Contractor

Authorized to repair and replacement of swimming pools, whirlpool bath, and Jacuzzi pumps, filters, heaters and related circulation piping, acid washing, or repainting of swimming pool, whirlpool bath, and Jacuzzi interiors, repairs to pool tile, coping stones, plaster, and decks.

Telecommunications Contractor

Authorized to install, maintain, and repair telephone, computer, and data systems; including the associated cabling, wiring, or fiber optics, provided that this shall not include the installation of any conduits thereto.

Tile Contractor

Authorized to prepare the base upon which ceramic, mosaic, granite, terrazzo, and other tile work, including all pseudo tile and marble or cultured marble products, will adhere by suction, fasteners, or by adhesives. The license holder may also install these products.

Trimming and Removal Contractor

Authorized to prune, trim, and remove trees,including stumps, and restore ground to condition similar to adjacent area. Does not include relocation and planting of field grown trees.

Ventilating and Air Conditioning Contractor

Authorized to fabricate, assemble and install warm-air heating and air cooling systems including heating and cooling solar systems, complete ventilating systems and complete air conditioning systems including, but not limited to, piping, controls (other than electrical, instrumentation, building automation, energy management, and trenching, backfilling, patching, and surface restoration in connection with the installation of the air conditioning systems, and including installation of thermal and acoustical insulation necessary to maintain heat, or sound, or both, within the system.

Waterproofing Contractor

Authorized to apply felt, glass, asphaltum, epoxy, pitch, silicone, elastomeric coatings, sheet membranes or any other materials or combination of materials to surfaces to prevent water and water vapor from penetrating and passing the materials. Work shall include, but not be limited to waterproofing exterior walls and between slabs, both above and below grade, planter boxes, tank linings and application of tank coatings, and application to parking decks, play courts, and walking decks to form a watertight, non- skid surface, but not to include the work of the C-42 roofing contractor.

Welding Contractor

Authorized to, on site job layout, cut, assemble and weld the metal products including, but not limited to, pipe lines, tanks, pressure vessels, guard rails, and fire escapes, by welding techniques using carbon arc, metal arc, submerged arc, flux core, resistance, and oxyacetylene processes.

Well Contractor

Authorized to bore, drill, excavate, case, cement, clean, and repair water wells; and to install injection wells, water well pumps, pump controls, concrete pump base and waterline to adjacent storage tank.

Wood Shingles and Shakes Contractor

Authorized to apply shingles and shakes made of wood or any other material.


Contractor Licensing Board

How to Apply

  • Generally, anyone who offers to, holds oneself out as able to, or contracts to perform residential, commercial, or public works construction, alterations, or improvements must hold a contractor license.
  • A license is not required if the aggregate contract price for the project, including labor, materials, taxes, and all other items, is not more than $1,000.00 and does not require a building permit. This exemption does not apply to electrical or plumbing work requiring a permit. Furthermore, even if an electrical or plumbing permit is not required by the county on a particular project, the work may still have to be performed by a licensed electrician or plumber.
  • You may apply either as a sole proprietor or an entity (corp., LLC, etc.). If applying as an entity, you must also complete the responsible managing employee ("RME") application. An applicant (sole proprietor or RME) must verify 4 years of supervisory experience in the license classification for which the applicant is applying.
  • The filing deadline to turn in applications is on or before the first Tuesday of the month prior to the scheduled Contractors License Board ("Board") meeting date, provided it is a complete application.(The Board does not review applications or meet in December.) If your application is approved by the Board, then you (sole proprietor or RME) must sit for the exam within six months. Upon passing the exam, the applicant must submit licensing fees; proof of liability and workers compensation insurance (if you have employees); and a bond, if required by the Board.
  • Application fee - $50.00 per application. You may apply for more than one classification per application. A separate application is required for each contracting entity and RME.
  • Examination fee - $75.00 per part. Most classifications require the completion of two parts (Part I – Business & Law, and Part II – Trade).
  • License fee – Contracting entity and Sole Proprietor - $663.00 if licensed between October 1st of the even-numbered year and September 30th of the odd-numbered year, and $494.00 if licensed between October 1st of the odd-numbered year and September 30th of the even-numbered year.
  • License fee - RME - $438.00 if licensed between October 1st of the even-numbered year and September 30th of the odd-numbered year, and $334.00 if licensed between October 1st of the odd-numbered year and September 30th of the even numbered year.
  • Hawaii Does not have reciprocity with any other state

Contact Information for the Board

Location: King Kalakaua Building, 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Mailing Address: DCCA-PVL Att: CLB, P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801, (Candace Ito, Executive Officer)
Phone Number: (808) 586-2700
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Testing Center Contact Information

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Electrician and Plumbers Board

Contact Information for the Board

Location: King Kalakaua Building, 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Mailing Address: DCCA-PVL Att: EP, P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801, (Charlene Tamanaha, Executive Officer)
Phone Number: (808) 586-2693
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Elevator Mechanic Board

Contact Information for the Board

Location: King Kalakaua Building, 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Mailing Address: DCCA-PVL Att: EM, P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801, (Kedin Kleinhans, Executive Officer)
Phone Number: (808) 586-2694
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