Utah General and Specialty Contractor Licenses
For the State of Utah, construction licenses are issued by the Department of Commerce Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Depending on the type of license trying to be obtained, the process of getting it can be slightly different. Requirements, exams, and applicants are a few of the things that can change.
How to get a General and/or Specialty Contractor License in Utah?
Find below the step-by-step instructions to successfully obtain your license in the state of Utah, as well as a list of helpful sources and essential contact information that might come in handy during the process.
How to get a General Contractor License in Utah?
- Complete the Contractor Application Form
- Select the General Contractor classification:
- General Contractor (B100)
- Residential/Small Commercial Contractor (R100)
- General Plumbing Contractor (P200)
- Residential Plumbing Contractor (P201)
- General Electrical Contractor (E200)
- General Engineering (E100)
- Residential Electrical Contractor (E201)
- Take and pass a 30-hour-pre licensure course. All plumbing, electrical and general contractors (E100, R100, B100) require that approved course.
- Obtain a general liability insurance certificate with a minimum coverage of 100,000 for each incident and $300,000 in total that covers where the Division of Professional Licensing is listed as a certificate holder.
- Enroll your business entity with the Utah Division of Corporations
- Gather your EIN number, (Employer Identification number from the IRS).
- Collect the following if the applicant has employees
- If the applicant does NOT have employees, they will only need the following:
- Workers Compensation Coverage Waiver from the Utah Labor Commission
- Meet one of the experience requirements:
- Two (2) years of experience in the construction industry with a minimum of 4,000 hours of paid work experience
- Must have held a Utah contractor license or be a qualifier for at least 2 years
- 2 or 4-year degree in Construction Management
- Be a licensed Utah Professional Engineer
- Must have held a license in another jurisdiction for one year in the same scope of work being applied for in Utah
- Meet one of the following exam requirements:
- Pass NASCLA© exam for Commercial General Building Contractors
- Apply for the Utah Business & Law Exam directly with ProV© and provide a copy of your test results with the application. Applicants are not to be submitted until you have successfully passed and completed the exam. Electronic submission of exam results will be sent directly to DOPL from ProV©.
How to get a Specialty Contractor License in Utah?
- Apply for a license by selecting the license type you are applying for.
- Choose your desired Specialty Contractor License.
- Submit a completed Contractor Application Form.
- Complete an approved 25-hour pre-licensure course from one of the three Utah-approved providers:
- Attain a General Liability Insurance Certificate with the minimum required coverage of $100,000 for each incident and $300,000 in total that covers and where DOPL is listed as certificate holder.
- Register your business entity with the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code.
- Obtain a Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Acquire the following if the applicant has employees:
- Obtain the following if the applicant does NOT have employees:
Building Inspector Licenses
The department offers the Combination Inspector and Limited Inspector licenses. These trades do not require an examination, but to obtain them, applicants must have a certificate that needs some testing.
- The candidates for Combination Inspector need to present a copy of a certificate issued by the International Code Council (ICC). For Limited Inspector, the candidates can present a certificate from ICC, American Welding Society AWS, or the International Association of Electrical Inspectors IAEI.
- Apply online or send the application form to:
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
PO BOX 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
- If approved, expect your license to arrive in 4 to 6-weeks.
- For further information please contact the Building Inspector Licensing Board
Contact Information for General Contracting Candidates in Utah
HBA Plaza 38 West 13775 South
Suite 120 Draper, UT 84020
23309 North 17th Drive, Building 1,
Suite 110 Phoenix, Arizona 85027
Useful Links for General Contracting
General & Specialty Contractor License Application Form
Workers Compensation Coverage Waiver
Associated Builders and Contractors Inc (ABC)
Utah Home Builders Association (UHBA)
Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC)