Licensing Requirements For Concrete Contractors In Georgia

Do you live in Georgia and want to become a licensed contractor? If so, then we want to offer some guidance and explain what the process entails. However, you will need to meet the requirements issued by State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors. This can certainly be a lengthy process, but we also want to assure you that it’s well worth it. If you want to grow your business and expand your influence in the state of Georgia, then obtaining your contractor’s license is an absolute must.

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.



Georgia has a few general requirements that apply to any contractor looking to obtain their license. To file for a license in Georgie, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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


Insurance is something that you are certainly going to need if you plan on contracting for commercial and residential clients in Georgia. For the state to approve you for a license, you must provide proof of insurance. The amount of insurance you purchase will depend on the classification of your license as well as the kind of work you are going to perform.
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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.”

What does this mean, exactly? Contracting in its essence requires adherence to state and federal laws. Without the proper licensing, there is no legal groundwork to enforce the contract. Let’s say you provide contracting services and the customer decides that they are not going to pay you. How are you going to receive compensation? Legally, this is going to put you in a tough spot. Furthermore, you may need to obtain a building permit, and you can’t do this without a license.



  • 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.
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Your Business

You will also need to obtain a business license if you plan on becoming a service provider. The requirements will vary depending on your business structure. You will need to determine if you’re the sole proprietor or if you are establishing a partnership, corporation, or LLC. You can always
consult a certified accountant or business lawyer to help decide the business structure that works best for you.

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.

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