South Carolina Contractor Licenses
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This classification covers the installation, replacement, alteration, and repair of air conditioning equipment and systems which consist of a number of components necessary to produce conditioned air for environmental heating or cooling or both, within buildings. Hot water or steam heating systems or components are not included under this classification.
This classification covers asphalt paving, repairs and rehabilitation of streets, roads, highways, parking lots, airport runways and aprons, concrete including, but not limited to, curbs, gutters, and concrete or asphalt paving of storm sewers, and includes paving with sealers, geotextile fabrics, slurry seals, and surface treatments incidental thereto. This subclassification also includes work under the subclassification of Grading.
This classification covers install, repair, and service boilers and boiler piping including the boiler auxiliary equipment, controls, and actuated machinery and dryer rolls. To qualify for this subclassification, a person must pass a technical examination administered by the board or must be the holder of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 'S' stamp or hold the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBPVI) 'R' stamp and meet the requirements for licensure according to this chapter.
This classification covers bridge construction and repairs, railroad trestles and overpasses, and work under the subclassifications of Boring and Tunneling, Concrete, Marine, and Railroad Lines.
This classification covers for Group #1, #2, and #3 limitations to construct or remodel commercial or residential buildings. Construction is limited to 3 stories in height. Licensees under this classification may perform ancillary work, including grading, associated with the building or structure which the licensee has been engaged to construct. However, if a project includes work performed under a Mechanical Contractor sub-classification or any of these license subclassifications, the licensee must have a license in the appropriate license classification or subclassification to perform the work: Swimming Pools, Bridges, Boring and Tunneling, Water and Sewer Lines, Pipe Lines, Railroad Lines, Specialty Roofing, Marine, Water and Sewer Plants, and Asphalt Paving.
This classification authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electric wiring or devices only as an incident to the licensee’s electric sign business. Furthermore, the license authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to electric signs and is electrically isolated from the building wiring system. Wiring that is directly related differs depending on the type sign involved. related wiring is the portion of the electric sign wiring that originates at the load-side terminals of a disconnecting means located immediately adjacent to the electric sign involved, or originates within a junction box so located. Related wiring does not include the installation of the disconnecting means, complete with line-side connections, or the installation of the junction box, complete with free-length circuit conductors to accommodate the connection of the related wiring in the box.
This classification covers all work in connection with concrete forming and placing; assembling of forms, molds, slipforms and pans; centering, trenching, excavating, backfill, and grading in connection with concrete construction; construction of sidewalks, driveways, curbs, medians, and barrier walls; and installing of embedded items essential to or comprising an integral part of concrete or concrete construction including reinforcing elements and accessories including, but not limited to, concrete chimneys, floors, piers, and foundations when using concrete rebar and other materials common to the concrete industry. This subclassification does not include the General Contractor Highway Bridge license subclassification or the construction of streets, roads, parking lots, and highways.
This classification was designed to assist contractors who wish to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions by offering a streamlined test taking option for the trade portion of the contractor examination. The NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors was designed to assist candidates applying within individual state agencies for the general commercial building contractor classification or similar to.
This classification covers the construction, installation, alteration, maintenance, or repair of systems for distribution of petroleum fuels, petroleum distillates, natural gas, chemicals, and slurries through pipeline from one station to another. It includes all excavating, trenching, and backfilling in connection therewith. It covers the installation, replacement and removal of above ground and below ground fuel storage tanks.
This classification covers installation, alteration, or repair of wiring related electrical material and equipment used in the generating, transmitting, or utilization of electrical energy less than six hundred volts, including all overhead electrical wiring on public rights of way for signs and street decorations and all underground electrical distribution systems of less than six hundred volts serving private properties.
This classification conducts business in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical work conforming to applicable standards and codes.
Covers individuals that design, install, service, maintain, or alter fire alarm systems
This classification covers installation and repair of roofs and roof decking on commercial, industrial, and institutional structures requiring materials that form a water tight and weather resistant surface. This license subclassification is limited to shingles, clay and concrete tile, slate, wood shake roofing, metal roofing, and asphalt rolled roofing.
This classification covers but is not limited to, commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, modular, and all other types of glass and glazing construction. The construction is limited to selection, cutting, assembling, and installing all makes and kinds of glass for windows, sash and doors, metal frames, ornamental decorations, mirrors, and tub and shower enclosures. This license classification includes all work under the subclassifications of renovation, structural shapes, and architectural aluminum glazing systems which include aluminum entrance doors and frame systems, entrance and egress hardware, curtain wall systems, sliding doors/mall fronts, overhead glazing systems, and architectural window systems and accessories.
This classification covers soil preparation and rehabilitation of streets, roads, highways, railroad beds, building sites, parking lots, and storm sewers. This subclassification also includes work under the subclassification of Highway Incidental.
This classification covers Installation, replacement, alteration, and repair of heating equipment and systems in buildings which require the use of high or low pressure steam vapor or hot water including all piping, ducts, and mechanical equipment within, adjacent to, or connected with a building and the installation of necessary gas lines if any of this equipment is gas fired.
This classification engages in the business of inspecting a home and preparing a written or oral report in exchange for compensation of any sort, regarding the condition of the construction or improvements to the home.
This classification includes installation, replacement, alteration, or repair of necessary lightning protection conduction, cables, rods, points, anchors, fastening devices, labels, ground clamps, braces, and all related component parts necessary for a complete lightning protection system.
This classification covers includes all water activities to construct seawalls, bulkheads, docks, piers, wharves, and other water structures including, but not limited to, pile driving, boat slips, and boardwalks. Licensees under this classification may perform ancillary work including fill and grading. This license subclassification does not include structures within the scope of the General Contractor Building classification.
This classification covers installation, replacement, alteration, and repair of all plumbing including solar water heating when performed solely within property lines and not on public easements or rights of way except to make connections to water meters or sewer taps as allowed by the utility owner; and the installation, alteration, and repair of all piping, fixtures, and appliances related to water supply, including pressure vessels and tanks, and excluding municipal or related water supply systems; venting and sanitary drainage systems for all fluid and semi fluid and organic wastes; roof leaders; water conditioning equipment; piping and equipment for swimming pools; and installation of a system of pipes, fittings, fixtures, drains, and all necessary component parts upon the premises or in a building to supply water to buildings and to convey sewage or other waste products from buildings. If this equipment is gas fired, the necessary gas lines may be installed under this subclassification used in connection with this subclassification.
This classification (air conditioning heating packaged equipment limited to twenty five tons cooling and five hundred thousand BTU/HR heating per unit) includes the installation, replacement, alteration, or repair of air conditioning equipment and systems which consist of a number of components necessary to produce conditioned air for environmental heating or cooling, or both, within buildings, including types of heating systems and any size package equipment; and the installation, alteration, and repair of ventilation systems, including duct work, air filtering devices, water treatment devices, pneumatic or electrical controls, or control piping; thermal and acoustical insulation, vibration isolation materials and devices, liquid fuel piping and tanks, water and gas piping from service and heating circuits and air handling systems, including gas fired furnaces and space heaters; and factory assembled single package units and split type direct expansion equipment, including heat pumps. This subclassification does not include installing, replacing, altering, or repairing hot water or steam heating systems or components.
This classification covers construction, installation, alteration, maintenance, and repair of systems for the transmission or distribution of petroleum fuels, petroleum distillates, natural gas, chemicals, and slurries through pipeline from one station to another including all excavating, trenching, backfilling and installation of booster stations and equipment and installation and replacement of tanks connected to the system. This subclassification does not include the piping and tanks for the dispensing of any petroleum product at retail.
This classification covers construction of pre engineered metal buildings not exceeding forty feet in width with no single structural span exceeding forty feet in length, and consisting of no more than a concrete floor slab, metal frame, metal roof, metal sidewalls, and building insulation.
This classification covers installation, maintenance, repair, alteration, or extension of a system of piping, tubing, vessels, containers, pumps, apparatus, and appurtenances in connection with pressure piping used for circulation, transporting, holding, or processing of gas, vapor, fluid, liquid, semi liquid, or any combination of these. However, boilers, boiler piping, piping used to convey potable water, sanitary sewage, liquefied petroleum, manufactured or natural gas or refrigeration, air conditioning and comfort heating piping are not included in this subclassification.
This classification covers only work limited to line construction, including distribution systems, and their allied work, for public and private companies; installation, maintenance repair of all high voltage cable splicing and pulling wire for all systems in excess of 2,400 volts; traffic signal and highway lighting installation, maintenance and repair.
This classification covers includes the installation, replacement, alteration, and repair of refrigeration equipment and systems used for processing, storage, and display of food products and other perishable commodities and commercial, industrial, and manufacturing processes requiring refrigeration, excluding comfort air conditioning. This subclassification also includes work on systems including related equipment for temperature, safety, and capacity controls, thermal insulation, vibration isolation materials and devices, water treatment devices, construction and installation of walk in refrigeration boxes, liquid fuel piping and tanks, water and gas piping from equipment to service connection, and testing and balancing of refrigeration equipment and systems. An entity licensed under the air conditioning subclassification may also do work under this subclassification.
This classification allows someone to construct, superintend, or offer to construct or superintend the construction, repair, improvement, or re-improvement of a residential building. It is limited to construction, remodeling, repair or improvement of one-, two-, or multi-family residences not exceeding three stories in height, and/or 16 units in any single apartment building.
This classification covers Installation, replacement, alteration, or repair of air conditioning equipment and systems, limited to five tons cooling and 175,000 BTU/HR heating per unit, which consist of a number of components necessary to produce conditioned air for environmental heating or cooling, or both, within a residence, including package equipment, heating and cooling systems: and the installation, alteration, and repair of ventilation systems including duct work, air filtering devices, water treatment devices, pneumatic or electrical controls, or control piping, thermal and acoustical insulation, vibration isolation materials and devices, liquid fuel piping and tanks (except those used for liquid propane gas), water and gas piping from service and heating circuits and air handling systems, including gas fired furnaces and space heaters, and factory assembled single package units and split type direct expansion equipment, including heat pumps.
This classification covers installation, alteration and repair of water and natural gas piping systems, sewage systems and water filter and purification and conditioning systems, including all related fixtures, vents, and devices common to the residential building industry.
This classification covers installation, alteration and repair of any wiring, related electrical material and equipment common to the residential building industry.
This classification demonstrates competency in performing electrical installations, service, repair and maintenance typically encountered in a permanent dwelling unit.
This classification covers installation and repair of roofs and roof decking on commercial, industrial, and institutional structures requiring materials that form a water tight and weather resistant surface. This license subclassification includes all work under the General Roofing license subclassification and other types of roofing not specifically included in the general roofing license subclassification.
This classification covers installation, repair, or alteration of metal or composite structural members for buildings or structures, including riveting, welding, and rigging. This subclassification also includes work under the subclassification of Structural Shapes.
This classification covers construction, service, and repair of all commercial and institutional swimming pools and spas, including concrete, gunite, plastic, vinyl lined, and fiberglass pools and spas; pool decks, walkways, tiling, and coping; and the installation of all equipment, including pumps, filters, and chemical feeders, water and gas service lines from the point of service to the pool equipment, wiring from the pool equipment to the first readily accessible disconnect, pool piping, fittings, backflow prevention devices, waste lines, and other integral parts of a swimming pool or spa.
This classification covers construction work on water mains, water service lines, water storage tanks, sewer mains, sewer lines, lift stations, pumping stations and appurtenances to water storage tanks, lift stations, pumping stations, pavement patching, backfill, and erosion control as a part of construction, and which includes connection at the building of all lines to the appropriate lines contained in commercial structures, installation and repair of a project involving manholes, the laying of pipe for storm drains and sewer mains, all necessary connections, and excavation and backfilling, and concrete work incidental thereto.
This classification covers classifications and subclassifications necessary for the construction of water treatment and wastewater treatment facilities. However, if a project includes work to be performed under any of these license subclassifications, the licensee must either have a license to perform this work or use a contractor licensed in the appropriate license classification or subclassification to perform the work: Bridges, Railroad Lines, Specialty Roofing, and Mechanical work.
This classification covers framing, roofing, siding, or flooring for wood framed structures in excess of five thousand feet used for housing livestock, storage, or processing, when such structures are not used for habitation or office facilities.
Contractors Licensing Board
110 Centerview Dr, Columbia SC
Telephone: (803) 896-4686
Administrator: Molly Price
Board Staff: Rhonda Jackson
You must submit either a financial statement or a surety bond to determine your license group limitation. The group limitation amounts can be found on pages 5 and 6 of the Application. Select a Group limitation to determine the type of financial statement or surety bond you must submit with your Application. Once you are approved through PSI©, you will receive a Registration Confirmation Notice, which is valid for 1 year, or until an examination classification has been failed twice within the referenced time frame.
You can also apply to be licensed in South Carolina even if you are in another state, for more information click Out of State.
Reciprocity is available for these states Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah. Not every License is available for reciprocity application in every state. If your state is listed but the classification/trade is not listed on the application form, you are not eligible to apply by waiver/ reciprocity
Testing by PSI©
To be licensed, you must pass a Business and Law Examination on the South Carolina Code of Laws to confirm that you have attained at least a minimum level of knowledge regarding the principles, practices, statutes, and regulations. Most general and mechanical contractor classifications also require passing a technical examination.
All Burglar and Fire Alarm Contractor candidates are required to pass the Alarm Code of Laws Examination and the technical alarm examination of the specific license category in which they are applying.
Effective September 1, 2002, Burglar and Fire Alarm contractors are required to pass the NTS Level I (burglar) and the NICET Level II (fire) examinations in addition to the examinations given by PSI©.
More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions
Residential Builders Commission
110 Centerview Dr, Columbia SC
Tel: (803) 896-4696
Administrator: Janet Baumberger
Board Staff: Allison Baker
Board Staff: Bonny Sweat
Individuals interested in becoming licensed or registered as a Residential Builder, Residential Specialty Contractor or Home Inspector by Examination must take a two-part examination for licensure in South Carolina.
Prior to application submission, applicants must have one year of Commission-approved experience under the supervision of a licensee in the trade in which they are applying in order to be eligible to take the examination for licensure.
Individuals wishing to sit for the examination must first submit an application with the Commission for review/approval. The Commission will notify the applicant and PSI© once an applicant has been approved to take the examination. The applicant will contact PSI© to schedule the examination.
Here are the Residential Specialty Contractor Applications:
- Residential Specialty Contractor Electrical License
- Residential Specialty Contractor Heating and Air Conditioning
- Residential Specialty Contractor Plumbing License
- Residential Specialty Contractor Registration Application
- Residential Home Builders License Application
Effective January 1, 2019 All Candidates Must Pass The Business Management And Law For Home Inspectors Examination In Addition To The Home Inspector Examination.
More information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions
- Written by Z. D.