Contractor Licensing

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State law requires licenses for these types of contractors doing work anywhere in the state:

  • All electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire alarm, and fire sprinkler contractors
  • General contractors for projects costing $30,000 or more

Subcontractors 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 mechanical work is involved. Homeowners may perform work and be listed as the contractor(s) for their primary residence if they do not intend to sell the property within the next year. 

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.