If you are performing work over $1,000 or that requires pulling building permits then you will need a contractor license.
Anything under $1,000 that can be considered casual or minor in nature does not require a Contractor License in Arizona.
For jobs under $5,000 you can apply for the: R-62 Minor Home Improvements Contractor License.
R-62MINOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS description:
For projects of $5,000 or less including labor and materials, this classification allows the licensee to perform remodeling, repairs, and improvements to existing structures or appurtenances.
The minor home improvement contractor shall not perform structural work to any existing structures or appurtenances, including load bearing masonry or concrete work (with the exception of on-grade flat work), and load bearing carpentry work (with the exception of patio or porch covers).
Any work related to electrical, plumbing, air conditioning systems, and boilers must be subcontracted to an appropriately licensed contractor.
To get a contractor license you must meet the following basic requirements:
You Must also have
Step #1: Make sure you have acceptable experience
A Journeyman is someone who has demonstrated a level of mastery in their trade.
When you apply to the the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, they may request to see the documentation of your experience.
It is important that you have some way to prove your claim of being a journeyman.
Acceptable construction experience documentation includes:
Step #2 Pass the test
To get a license in Arizona you will need to pass a two-part exam.
You can apply for a test date here
Some contractor licenses in Arizona do not require that you pass a trade exam.
The following licenses only require you to pass the Arizona business management exam:
To see the full list of contractor license classifications in Arizona click here
Step #3 Complete ROC Application and Pay Fees
After you receive your passing scores. Fill out one of theses applications
and send it to:
The State of Arizona Registrar of Contractors
1700 West Washington Street, Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85007
|NEW LICENSE APPLICATION|
|CLASSIFICATION||APPLICATION FEE||LICENSE FEE||RECOVERY FUND ASSESSMENT*||TOTAL**|
|General Commercial (A,B)||$200||$580||$0||$780|
|Specialty Commercial (C)||$100||$480||$0||$580|
|General Residential (B)||$180||$320||$370||$870|
|Specialty Residential (R)||$80||$270||$370||$720|
Step #6: Form a Business Entity
You will notice on the applications that they ask you to choose a business entity.
Arizona LAW requires all contractors to have a business entity set up before applying for a license.
You must first choose a name and then you can choose the type of entity you want.
Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for the Arizona license, check out this free guide!
Once you have chosen an entity, simply follow these steps:
Step #7: Pass a Criminal Background Check
All applicants in Arizona have to pass a criminal background check.
Step #8 Get Bonded
All Contractors in Arizona are required to have an active construction bond in place for a license can be activated.
The amount for your contractor bond depends on the classification you are applying for.
|LICENSE TYPE||CONTEMPLATED GROSS VOLUME (PER LICENSE)||BOND AMOUNT|
|Residential General Contractors||Less than $750,000||$9,000|
|$750,000 or more||$15,000|
|Residential Specialty Contractors||Less than $375,000||$4,250|
|$375,000 or more||$7,500|
|Commercial General Contractors (Includes General Engineering Contractors)||$150,000 or less||$5,000|
|In excess of $150,000 but not more than $500,000||$15,000|
|In excess of $500,000 but not more than one million||$25,000|
|In excess of one million but not more than five million||$50,000|
|In excess of five million but not more than ten million||$75,000|
|Over ten million||$100,000|
|Commercial Specialty Contractors||$150,000 or less||$2,500|
|In excess of $150,000 but not more than $500,000||$7,000|
|In excess of $500,000 but not more than one million||$17,500|
|In excess of one million but not more than five million||$25,000|
|In excess of five million but not more than ten million||$37,500|
|Over ten million||$50,000|
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Yes, depending on the state. Arizona, Utah and Nevada all have reciprocity agreements with California.
Contractor License reciprocity is an agreement between the Contractor licensing boards of two different states.
It can mean that they have similar building standards, allowing contractors to work freely between states.
In the context of licensing, it means that a contractor who is licensed in one state, may not need to retake an exam to get licensed in another state.
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