Alabama has several designated state agencies that govern the various areas of construction activity:
Residential construction above $10,000 falls under the jurisdiction of the Alabama Home Builders Board
There are currently three license types:
"A residential home builder who holds a current and valid residential home builders license without limitation may engage in the business of residential home building regardless of the scope of the construction"
"A residential home builder who holds a current and valid residential home builders license with limitation may only engage in the business of residential home building in the scope of repair, improvement, and re-improvement"
"Residential Roofing. The term “residential roofing” as used in these rules shall mean installing products or repairing surfaces on the external upper covering of a residence or structure that seals, waterproofs, or weatherproofs the residence or the structure, when the cost of the undertaking exceeds$2,500"
In the state of Alabama any contractor taking on a project over $50,000 must register with the Alabama Board of General Contractors.
If your project is under the $50,000 mark than you fall under the jurisdiction of the Alabama Home Builders License Board
"Builders who construct or offer to construct more than four (4) residences on a single lot, including site-built homes, condominiums, duplexes, or multi-unit residential buildings consisting of more than four (4) residential units are subject to the jurisdiction of the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors"
You must meet the following requirements:
You must also:
Completed Applications and fees can be sent to:
Home Builders License Board
445 Herron St
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
All contractors must pass the Alabama home builders license law test. The exam will be:
The law & business test covers the following topics:
The Residential construction skills exam covers:
Alabama currently uses the NASCLA Law & Project Management for Residential Construction Exam.
NASCLA stands for the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies. NASCLA a non-profit organization whose purpose to establish license uniformity for state agencies that regulate the construction industry.
For more information, check out this complete guide to NASCLA
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There are certain individuals who are exempt from licensing requirements, they are:
Anyone who is employed by a person holding either a general contractor license or builders license
Employees of Government Entities -
No residential home builders license is required for employees of the United States, the State of Alabama, or any municipality, county, or other political
General Contractors -
Those holding an Alabama general contractor license are exempt from the jurisdiction of the home builders board
Real Estate Agents, Architects, and Engineers -
No residential home builders license is required for real estate licensees, licensed engineers, and licensed architects when operating within the scope of their respective licenses on behalf of clients
Owners of property when acting as their own contractor and providing all material supervision themselves, when building or improving one-family or two-family residences on such property for the occupancy or use of such owners and not offered for sale. Homeowners claiming this exemption may not sell their property within 1 year of project completion
If you are applying for an Alabama home builders license as anything other than an individual sole proprietorship, you will need to establish yourself as a business entity.
This can be set up through the Alabama Secretary of State
You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a deeper look at the advantages and disadvantages of each business entity, check out this free guide!
Alabama requires all construction companies with 1 or more employees to hold workers compensation insurance.
This also includes LLC's. However, If you apply as a sole proprietorship and have no employees you may be exempt.
Contractors must be insured through a commercial provider, self insured carrier or through the Alabama Department of Labor
The Alabama Home Builders License Board's number one responsibility is protecting the consumer public.
The agency exists not only to enforce rules on construction contractors, but also to ensure that homeowners are not being over charged by unlicensed contractors.
If you are looking to verify a builders license in the state of Alabama, you can check a license here
Once your builders license is active, you will be responsible for renewing it on an annual basis between October 1st and December 31st.
You can learn more about the renewal process below
If you are entering the construction industry without any experience, you should absolutely explore starting out in an apprenticeship!
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation and position yourself to earn an excellent living in a short time frame is by investing in your education.
Apprenticeships can provide you with valuable training in a variety of different trades including: Electrical, Plumbing, Concrete, Landscaping, Painting, HVAC, Roofing, Carpentry and much more!
If you are one day looking to get the Alabama General Contractors license, you must demonstrate skillsets beyond just your specific trade.
Check out our online course library:
If you are new to construction industry and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.
Each state may have different requirements and standards for what is considered a journeyman, check your state laws.
To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
If you are looking to prepare for your Alabama home builders license test, taking contractor classes could be a huge help.
Schools typically provide
Many tradesman find themselves a bit confused when faced with questions about construction accounting, balance sheets, workers compensation, employee rights, job site safety and Alabama home builders license law.
These topics can be learned quickly. Studying consistently on the weeks leading up to your exam day will help you greatly.
Practice exams and study guides breaking down everything you need to know can be found here.
For anyone looking to become a licensed general contractor, learning how to read blueprints is critical...
Blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill especially for those looking to get into engineering or architecture.
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Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.
That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average.
In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
Safety is taken very seriously by construction authorities in Alabama.
Whether it be HVAC, roofing, painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical or any other trade.
If your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business.
For employment with a licensed general contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of Alabama OSHA Training
If you plan on taking on projects over $50,000 you would then qualify for an Alabama contractors license. If you want to work out of state, you may qualify for reciprocity:
If you have had a license for three (3) consecutive years, which is still in good standing, with any of the following Boards, you may qualify for reciprocity:
The Qualifying Party for Alabama must be the same as the Qualifying Party for the reciprocal state.
Applications for Reciprocity in Alabama must be on file, with a completed Out of State License Verification form. Applicants must also meet all of the basic licensing requirements
Learn more about Contractor License Reciprocity
Applying to the Alabama Home Builders License Board can be a huge first step up in starting your own business.
The construction industry is very lucrative. There will be more and more opportunities for skilled tradesman in the future.
The key is to use the information you have now and take action from beginning to end.
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