Licensing Requirements For Concrete Contractors In Georgia
Basic Classifications For A
Georgia Contractor’s License
The state of Georgia maintains four classifications for general contractors. They all deal with the kind of work you are performing and the scale of the projects. Here is a breakdown of those classifications:
- Residential-Basic Contractor – These are contractors that work on one- or two-family residences. This also includes single-family townhouses that fall under three stories in height.
- Residential-Light Commercial Contractor – These are contractors who perform work that is similar to the Basic Contractor. However, they can also provide service for multi-family and multi-use light commercial buildings and structures.
- General Contractor – Your options are virtually limitless in terms of the type of work performed or agreed upon.
General Contractor Limited Tier – You can perform the same work as a general contractor, but your projects can’t exceed $500,000 in labor and material costs.
- You must 21 years of age or older
- You must pass a criminal background check
- You will need to take and pass a written exam
- You will then submit your application and pay the $200 submission fee
Penalties and Fines
We understand that the process of obtaining a license is a little daunting, but we promise that it’s worth it. Having a license is going to protect you from potential legal penalties and fines. Georgia prohibits anyone from providing residential or commercial contracting services without a license. If the state doesn’t recognize you as a licensed contractor, then they will deem any work you perform as “unenforceable in law or in equity.”
- You must provide proof of workers’ compensation. This includes a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance and you are required to carry one by state law. You can contact Georgia’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation for more information.
- You must have around one to four years of experience in concrete contracting services. You must fill out the Employment/Projects Affidavit and submit it with the application. The relevant forms can be found in the application packet.
- Completing accredited training courses will also count towards your work experience.
- Complete the Consent Form. This is included in the application and it grants the Board to perform a criminal background check. Submit this form with your application.
As you launch your career as a concrete contractor and start your business, just remember how crucial it is to obtain the proper licensing. The best path forward is to receive the approval of the state of Georgia, especially if you plan on growing and expanding your concrete construction business.