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Colorado does not currently have a state wide contractor license.There are only two trades which are regulated at the state level:
For other licenses, the laws differ depending on the county.
However, several Contractor Licenses are offered in Denver through the Department of Community Planning and Development.
All Contractors in Denver must hold a Supervisor's Certificate which represents your trade proficiency.
Your application for licensing will be rejected if you do not hold a supervisor's certificate.
Licensing in Denver is separated into 6 categories:
To get licensed under the construction classification, you must submit the following documentation and pass the ICC Exam for your specific trade:
To get licensed for a classification under the demolition specialty, you must complete the following documentation and pass the ICC exam for your trade:
To get licensed for a classification under the mechanical specialty, you must complete the following documentation and pass the ICC exam for your trade:
Licenses that fall under the D-Specialty Classification require only 2 years experience and do not include an examination.
To get licensed you must complete the following documentation:
Right of way license (ROW) types allow work on public right of way. They are the only contractor licenses that require bonds in Denver.
There is no exam required to obtain these classifications, but you will need to provide 5 years of verifiable trade experience.
The classifications available are:
Cement Sidewalk Contractor - Work relating to laying sidewalks and driveways, making of curb cuts, laying of curb and/gutter, installing minor drainage structures within or connected to the public ways and places, in the right-of-way or other public property of the City
Sewer Contractor - Work relating to the opening, uncovering, or laying of public or private sanitary or storm sewers in the right-of-way or other public property of the City
Excavation Contractor - Work relating to excavation in public, street or alley or other public property of the City.
General Contractor - Work relating to sewer layer, sewer contractor, sidewalk contractor, structural contractor, paving contractor, excavator contractor and special contractor in the right-of-way or other public property of the City under this license.
Paving Contractor - Work relating to street and/or alley paving to include the work of laying of gravel base course, asphalt or concrete paving, laying of concrete curb and/or gutter, concrete sidewalks, driveways, and installation of drainage structures and other items of work incidental to said street or alley paving in the right-of-way or other public property of the City.
Special Contractor - Work relating constructing or installing traffic control devices, fencing, lighting projects, water lines, sprinkling systems
Structural Contractor - Work relating to constructing bridges, viaducts, public buildings and any and all other public and private structures in the right-of-way or other public property of the City.
To hold a license in Colorado, you will need to meet the following basic requirements:
You must also have:
The definition of a journeyman may vary depending on the region you are in, however, typically a journeyman level tradesman:
You will need to provide:
The process of applying for a Contractor License in Denver is as follows:
You can apply Online
In person at:
Contractor Licensing desk on the 2nd floor of the Webb Municipal Building
201 W. Colfax Ave.,Denver, CO 80202
By mail at:
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 205,
Denver, CO 80202.
|Fee for General Contractor Class A||$250.00|
|Fee for Building Contractor Class B||$250.00|
|Fee for Residential Contractor Class C||$250.00|
|Fee for Specialty Class D||$250.00|
|Fee for all Mechanical License Types||$250.00|
PLUMBING LICENSE - Renewed every two years
|Fee for Plumbing A License||$160.00|
ELECTRICAL LICENSE - Renewed every three years
Fee for Electrical License
CERTIFICATES - Renewed every three years
|Change of Name (Personal) on License or Certificate|
Laws may differ throughout the state, however in Denver payment or performance bonds are required for projects with construction improvements made within the public right-of-way that total more than $20,000.00. You may also use a letter of credit.
You may submit completed Bonding forms to:
2000 W 3rd Ave
Denver, CO 80223
Colorado allows those applying for the Contractor License to choose if they would like to set themselves up as a business entity.
If you already have a registered business entity and you would like to apply for a license in Denver, than you must include the following documentation about your business along with your application.
Typically, there are 4 common business structures among construction professionals:
For a complete look at the differences between these business structures, check this guide.
For more information about getting a business license in Colorado and the nature of your business you can contact any of the following agencies:
Colorado requires all business that have employees to carry worker's compensation insurance, regardless of their construction trade.
Worker's Compensation requirements for Colorado contractor license applicants can be found on the website of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
For consumers or homeowners looking to search an active Colorado contractor license, you may access information on the Department of Regulatory Agencies search portal
Whether you are looking to become a journeyman in Colorado or begin a career in the construction industry, you will want to begin by mastering a trade.
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program.
These types of schools can provide you with valuable training in a trade.
Denver contractor license requirements, like the other classifications require a skillset beyond just trade knowledge.
If you are new to the world of construction and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.
Each state has different requirements and standards for certifications. To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
For those looking to do pursue a career in construction or get the Colorado General Contractor license, reading construction blueprints is fundamental.
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 for those looking to get the contractor license.
See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
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 a huge part of managing a construction site. General Contractors should know everything about safely supervising a project.
If you or 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 in Colorado, you may be asked to complete some level of Osha Safety Training.
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
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