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Texas Contractor Registration Process at a City Level

Besides the licensing process through the different State Boards, over 40 cities in Texas require a separate registration process for Contractors to authorize them to perform their job on the territory. Some jobs this city-level resolution pertains to are General, Handyman, Home Improvement, Right of Way, Roofing, and Specialty.

A sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity is referred to as a General Contractor if it participates in the building, renovating, modifying, or repairing process of a facility or structure at a contracted price. The General Contractor will be in charge of overseeing the construction project on behalf of the owner in cases where there are multiple Contractors involved. Through agreements/contracts with Subcontractors, Suppliers, or Laborers, their primary responsibility is to directly or indirectly oversee the development of the building initiative and the performed improvements to the property.

A worker who handles certain materials and performs minor repairs or renovations on buildings, fixtures, and fittings is referred to as a Handyman, distinct from an Apprentice or Trainee. A Handyman engages in minor construction tasks and cannot affect any work usually performed by higher ranks within the industry.

Someone dedicated to Home Improvement sells goods and services to a retail buyer under a home improvement installment contract or sells goods and services to a retail buyer under a home improvement charge agreement but not in connection with the building of new homes. The individual may also manage or supervise reconstruction, alteration, renovation, repair, modification, improvement, removal, and demolition projects.

Right of Way refers to the area owned and controlled by the City. It typically includes the street surface, sidewalks, alleys, and grassy areas between pavement and property lines. The boundaries of the ROW will vary depending on the physical conditions at any given location. It encompasses any construction work done on, above, below, or across a right-of-way that involves installing, repairing, or keeping utility pipes, ducts, lines, poles, wires, cables, conduits, etc.

A person is referred to as a Roofing Contractor if they build, modify, repair, or are involved in the business of installing and remodeling roofs, whether these are minted for residential or for commercial use. Currently, the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation does not administer Roofing Licensing, hence, education, insurance, licenses, nor State registrations are required. The Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (founded in 1975) is the organization that focuses on the administration, regulation, and legalization of Roofing & Waterproofing Contractors, as well as the primary entity concerning these two sectors. The RCAT Program was created to improve customer protection and to maintain public trust in the industry by enhancing the expertise and professionalism of this type of Contractors through voluntary self-regulation.

Specialty work includes those whose primary function involves using specialized building trades or crafts to conduct, as the name implies, specific construction skills and knowledge; this occupation may apply to a wide range of areas and industries depending on the options offered by the cities.

Additionally, depending on the candidate's scope, different policies and requirements about the paperwork may exist due to some cities' restrictions on the sort of work being performed and the authorization to work within the municipality.

Contractors could register online through platforms/portals or by completing and mailing the pertinent paper forms; in some cases, fees could apply. Below is the list of cities that requires the registration process with its requisites and relevant information:

List of Texas Cities that Require Separate Registration

  • Euless
    • Euless City does not grant a Certification License to any Contractor. However, it does require Contractors wishing to participate in work within its jurisdiction to be registered on its database by filling out an online application
    • Useful links for Euless Contractors:
      • Official Website of Euless
      • Registration Page
      • Building Construction and Permitting
      • Contact details:
        • Phone (Main Switchboard): 817-685-1400
        • Fax: 817-685-1416
        • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Farmers Branch
    • To perform any work in Farmers Branch City, a State licensing for trade permitting holder should create an online account in the Citizen Self Service Portal and email both the Driver's and State trade License(s) of the Master Licensee to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The documents must be verified and uploaded to the account before applying for a permit. No application fee is required, and the registration will only expire if the licensing expires with the State of Texas
    • Important information for Farmers Branch Contractors:
    • Building Inspection Division contact details:
      • Phone: 972-919-2549
      • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
      • Address: 13000 William Dodson Pkwy Farmers Branch, TX 75234
  • Fate
  • Flower Mound
  • Fort Worth
  • Frisco
    • In Frisco City, Contractors must be registered with the Building Inspections Department before conducting any type of work activities. To register, submit an online registration application, insurance information, and a copy of the State Master's License, and pay registration fees
    • Useful links:
      • Official Website of Frisco
      • Registration Page
      • Contact details for Frisco candidates:
        • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
        • Address: 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Frisco, TX, 75034-3239
        • Phone number: 972-292-5301
        • Fax: 972-292-5313
  • Garland
  • Grand Prairie
    • Contractors in the City of Grand Prairie must be registered to perform any work. They should create a Customer Self-Service account, pay for the registration fee and upload the required documents, these are: company information, completed application, authorized signature, and copy of applicant's Driver's License
    • Useful pages for Contractors:
      • Official Website of Grand Prairie
      • Contractor Registration Forms
      • Building Inspections Division:
        • Phone: 972-237-8230
        • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
        • Fax: 972-237-8234
        • Physical Address: 300 West Main St. Grand Prairie, TX 75050
        • Mailing Address: Building Inspections Division, P.O. Box 534045, Grand Prairie, TX 75053
  • Grapevine
  • Haltom
  • Hurst
  • Irving
    • It is necessary to complete a Registration Form for Concrete, Electricity, Fence, House Relocation, Irrigation, Mechanical (HVAC), Plumbing, Signage, Fuel Tank Installation, General Contractors, and Apartment Maintenance Personnel (plumber and mechanic tasks). Registrations in plumbing, irrigation, and mechanical work demand State Master Licenses. An Electrical Registration also needs an Electrical Contractor's License issued by the State
    • Pages with additional information if intending to apply:
  • Keller
    • Due to State Legislation, all trade Contractors are required to be registered before performing work in the City of Keller. The process can be completed by filling out and turning in the Contractor Registration Application Form which can be sent in either via email to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through regular mail to the address P.O. Box 770 Keller, Texas 76244
    • City of Keller - Useful links:
  • Killeen
    • Killeen City does not have a Licensing Program for Contractors of its own, but it does require any Contractor working in its vicinity to be registered within its database records. For Contractors related to Electrical, Fire Suppression, General Contracting, Irrigation, Mechanical, Plumbing, Sign, or Swimming Pool labor, this registration must include their Contractor Licenses provided by the State of Texas
    • State Law prohibits municipalities from charging registration fees for Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Contractors
    • Killeen, TX links:
  • La Marque
    • All Commercial and Residential Contractors are required to register with the City of La Marque’s Development Services Department. For the city of La Marque, applicants must already have a State License/Company License and submit a Contractor Registration form. This requirement pertains to Master Plumber, Journeyman Plumber, Irrigator (Landscape), Backflow Tester, Installer (Landscape), Fire Line Tester, General Contractor, Master Electrician, and Journeyman (HVAC)
    • It is possible for applicants to complete the form, print it and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or to deliver it in person to the Development Services Department
    • La Marque City website information:
  • Lewisville
    • The City of Lewisville has made available for the public the platform MyGovernmentOnline for all permitting and inspection requests. To apply for a building permit or to register as a Contractor, applicants should create an account and submit an application. Once an application has been approved by the corresponding department, an invoice for any related fees will be emitted. All payments are made through the online platform account. After submitting a payment, an electronic copy of the permit or approval certificate will be available for immediate download
    • City of Lewisville official page links:
  • Little Elm
    • All Contractors who perform work in the jurisdiction of Little Elm have to be registered with the Town. The applicant will need to select the correct license for their trade according to the list published by the administration on the Registration Center. Those applicants who are looking for registration as General, Mechanical, Plumbing, Irrigation, or Fire Contractor work should also provide a Texas State-issued License for their trade. The Town of Little Elm has made publicly available the Contractor Registration form where the applicant will find the details related to fees and mailing
    • Useful links for Little Elm’s Contractor Registration process:
  • Mansfield
    • The Building Safety Department is dedicated to ensuring that all residential and commercial structures built, altered, or maintained in Mansfield adhere to the accepted standards for building safety and overall quality of life. The online platform MyGov must be used for all submissions of applications, plans, and payments related to construction permits and registrations. Contractors in the Electrical, Electrical Sign, Fence, General, Irrigation, Mechanical, Plumbing, Pool, Sign, and Tent industries are required to register, with a Texas State-issued License when applicable
    • Find below some useful links for the City of Mansfield:
  • Mesquite
  • Midlothian