Concrete Contractors: How To Earn Your License In Pennsylvania

Right now you are working as a handyman, but you want to take the next step in your career and become a concrete contractor. However, before you can begin doing business with clients, you’ll need your contractor’s license. We want to help you navigate the entire process so that everything will go as smoothly as possible. Let’s go ahead and get started!

Who Needs A

License In Pennysylvania

Pennsylvania handles the licensing process differently than other states. You will need to apply for licensure through your local county or municipal agencies – the state itself doesn’t regulate any of the rules or requirements. The specifications will vary according to where you live and the type of license you need to obtain.
We should mention that there are several requirements that are common among every jurisdiction. They include:

  • Every contractor is required by law to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
  • Every contractor must have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance as well as tax identification numbers and more

You don’t need a license to provide work as a handyman in Pennsylvania. However, if you want to work on projects that exceed $5,000 in cost, then you will need to register with the Attorney General’s Office. They characterize contracting services like home improvement projects that involve repairs, remodeling, and installation services.

How To Obtain

Your License

Municipalities are responsible for approving and distributing your license. The registration process itself is fairly simple. All you need to do is go online and create an account, fill out your application, pay the $50 non-refundable application fee, and register with the Attorney General’s office. It’s faster to
complete your registration online. The state will issue you a registration number and temporary certificate after you submit your application.

Here is some additional information that you will need to submit to the state of Pennsylvania:

  • The structure of your business (e.g., sole proprietorship, LLC, corporation, etc.)
  • The address/location of your business
  • Personal information, such as a Social Security Number or your driver’s license number

The state will issue you a contractor number if this is your first time applying. You will receive the same number if you registering again sometime down the line. Your contractor number will appear in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s database. This will allow your clients to verify your credibility.



As we mentioned earlier, you will need to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office and you can complete everything online. Applicants must supply the following information when completing their license:

  • Basic information on your identity, including your full name, date of birth, address, phone number, a copy of a state-issued identification card, and your Social Security Number
  • Basic business information, such as the name of your company, address, and federal tax identification number
  • For corporations and partnerships, you will need to submit information on each partner, manager, or other officers in the company
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Fill Out and Submit

Your Application

The state doesn’t oversee the licensing process, so you will need to contact your local county or municipal regulators to learn what they require from you. However, you can expect that every jurisdiction will require you to have the following:

  • Proof of general liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Your insurance plan should cover up to $500,000 per occurrence.
  • Proof of a contractor’s bond
  • A business tax number
  • A submission fee for applications

Tax Registration

And Business License

Depending on your business structure, you will need to register with multiple state agencies. This includes the Pennsylvania Department of State, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. We recommend that you contact each agency to determine the steps you need to take to obtain your business license.

Any business that operates in the state of Pennsylvania will also need to register for one or more tax-specific identification numbers. This is done for the purpose of income tax withholding, sales and use tax (seller’s permit), and unemployment insurance tax. We encourage you to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to learn more about your tax obligations.

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We understand the process can be a little intimidating, but if you take things one step at a time, you will have your license in no time. Before long you will have clearance from your local county or municipal regulators to provide services as a concrete contractor. Having your license will also allow you to take on higher-paying jobs and grow your business. So what are you waiting for? Your new career as a concrete contractor is easily obtainable and earning your license will change your life for the better.
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