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Even if a state doesn't require a license, you should verify whether you have to
be registered with the state in order to do business in that state.
though this information is reliable, you should always
verify licensing requirements with your state and local (city and county)
States That Require a Roofing
States That Don't Require a
Alaska - Specialty license required
Alabama - Specialty license required
Arizona - C42 license required
Arkansas - Requires license to perform
commercial roofing. Not sure if residential roofing requires a license.
Residential licenses are available for Residential Builder and Residential
Remodeler. Arkansas has license exam reciprocity with Tennessee,
Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.
California - Class C specialty license required
District of Columbia - Home Improvement
Contractor license is required for projects over $300. Not sure if this
entails roofing or not but the safe assumption is yes, it does.
Florida - Division 2 license required.
Illinois - Most construction contractors don't
need to be licensed in Illinois.
Roofing contractors are the exception.
Massachusetts - Crew supervisors, even a crew
of one, must be licensed. There are also registration requirements for one-
to four-unit, owner occupied buildings.
Michigan - Residential Builder license or
Maintenance and Alteration Contractor license required.
Minnesota - The Minnesota Department of
Commerce licenses residential builders and remodelers. Residential: you must
have a license and pass the residential roofer trade exam.
Mississippi - Commercial: required. Residential
Building license require to build any residence which is three stories or
less in height if the cost of the project is more than $50,000. A
Residential Remodeler's license is required to remodel any residence if the
cost of the project is more than $10,000. If you don't reside in Mississippi
and you have a license from a state whose licensing requirements are equal
to those in Mississippi, you don't need a Mississippi license.
Nevada - Classification C-15 license required
New Mexico - Construction Contractor's license
North Carolina - Specialty contractor's license
North Dakota - License required for any project
of $2,000 or more.
Oregon - License and bonding required
Rhode Island - Rhode Island law requires anyone
who is in the business of home construction, alteration, remodeling or
repair to residences of from 1 thru 4 dwelling units, to be registered with
the State of Rhode Island Building Contractor's Registration Board. To find
out if a residential contractor or commercial roofer is licensed by the
Rhode Island Contractors' Registration Board call (401) 222-1268
South Carolina - Specialty contractor's license
Tennessee - You must have a residential or
commercial or industrial contractor's license, or any combination of the
Utah - In Utah you need a license from the
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. You can have a general
roofing license or any of six roofing sub-categories.
Virginia - Roofing license required
West Virginia - A license is required to do
Wisconsin - State Credentials are required for
building contractors. Not sure if this includes roofing contractors but many
roofing contractors have State Credentials.
Colorado - General construction contractors are
not licensed by the state.
Connecticut - License is not required but
contractors must be either certified for home improvement or new home
construction. Large projects require that a contractor be registered. OUT OF
STATE corporations must get a
Certificate of Authority for Out-of-State Corporation from the
Connecticut Secretary of State
Delaware - Contractors bidding on jobs over
$50,000 must apply for a license.
District of Columbia
Georgia - Roofing license is not required. OUT
OF STATE corporations must register with the
Georgia Secretary of State in order to business in the state. NOTE:
Legislation was passed in 2005 that requires general contractor's licensing,
but roofing falls under the specialty exemption.
Idaho - Contractors doing private, residential
or commercial work are not require to have any license in Idaho. Contractors
doing public work construction are required to have a license.
Indiana - A license is not required to do
roofing in Indiana.
Iowa - License not required to do roofing but
you must be registered with the state to do business in Iowa.
Kansas - The state does not require licensing,
but requirements should be verified at the local level.
Kentucky - A license is not required to do
roofing in Kentucky.
Maine - A license is not required to do roofing
Maryland - A license is not required to do
roofing in Maryland.
Missouri - Missouri does not license
Montana - All construction contractors and
subcontractors with employees must register with the Department of Labor and
Industry. Registration is optional for contractors without employees.
Nebraska - All contractors doing business in
counties with a population of 100,000 or more need a license to do business.
If a Nebraska non-resident contractor does work in Nebraska, he must be
New Hampshire - A license is not required to do
roofing in Maine.
New Jersey - Home repair contractors are
required to be licensed if they offer the ability to finance the work to be
New York - Contruction work is regulated at the
Ohio - The state of Ohio doesn't license
construction contractors. Licensing is regulated at the local level.
Oklahoma - The state of Oklahoma doesn't
license resident construction contractors. There are special requirements
for non-resident contractors.
Pennsylvania - Construction Contractors are not
licensed in Pennsylvania. License or permit may be required at the local
South Dakota - A license is not required to do
roofing in South Dakota.
Texas - A license is not required to do roofing
Vermont - A license is not required to do
roofing in Vermont.
Washington - License not required -
Registration as a specialty contractor required. Bond must be posted with
Wyoming - All contractors, except electrical,
are licensed at the local (city or county) level.
*Information was updated August of 2010