State law requires licenses for these types of contractors doing work anywhere in the state:
- All electrical, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning contractors
- General contractors for projects costing more than $30,000
(Subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning must have licenses regardless of the cost of their work.)
General contractors for projects under $30,000 are not required to have a license. Homeowners who use an unlicensed general contractor must hire the subcontractors themselves when electrical, plumbing, or heating and air conditioning work is involved.
Ensuring Your Contractor Has a License If Required
Ask those performing work to provide their N.C. Contractor's License number and verify it through these state licensing boards:
Why It's a Good Idea to Hire Licensed Contractors
- N.C. licensed contractors are professionals who have passed technical exams and have proven that they have the financial means to support their business.
- Should you experience a substantial problem with a licensed contractor, the Licensing Board for that trade will investigate the complaint and if found valid, take appropriate action against the contractor.