how to get a Contractor license in utah

How To Get a Utah Contractor License!

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To get a Contractor License, you'll need to meet the minimum requirements set by the Utah Department of Commerce Division Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Who Needs a Contractor License in Utah?

  • Anyone Performing construction, alteration, demolition or repair of residential or commercial property
  • Anyone Charging money for construction services that fall under Utah's Contractor License Classification List
  • Contracting without a license in Utah is  Class A misdemeanor 

 The State of Utah Defines a General Contractor as anyone that engages in the: 

“Construction of structures for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind or any of the components of that construction except plumbing, electrical work, mechanical work, work related to the operating integrity of an elevator, and manufactured housing installation” – Utah Code (84-55-102)

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Utah Contractor License Requirements

  • 18 Years of age
  • Valid Driver's License or USA Identification
  • Social Security Number
  • Completion of 25 Hour Pre-License Course
  • Proof of General Liability Insurance – Contractors in Utah are required to hold a minimum of $300,000 in total coverage. 
  • Registered Business Entity – Sole Proprietorship, LLC, S-Corporation, or Partnership (what is the difference?)

Utah Contractor License Classifications

E100 General Engineering
B100 General Building
B200 Modular Unit Installation
R100 Residential and Small Commercial
R200 Factory Built Housing
S200 General Electrical
S210 General Plumbing
S220 Carpentry
S230 Siding
S240 Glass and Glazing
S250 Insulation
S260 General Concrete
S270 General Drywall and Plastering
S280 General Roofing
S290 General Masonry
S300 General Painting
S310 Excavation and Grading
S320 Steel Erection

S330 Landscaping
S340 Sheet Metal
S360 Refrigeration
S370 Fire Suppression Systems
S380 Swimming Pool and Spa
S390 Sewer and Water Pipeline
S400 Asphalt Paving
S410 Pipeline and Conduit
S420 General Fencing, Ornamental Iron and Guardrail
S430 Metal Firebox and Fuel Burning Stove Installer
S440 Sign Installation
S450 Mechanical Insulation
S460 Wrecking and Demolition
S470 Petroleum System
S480 Piers and Foundations
S490 Wood Flooring
S500 Sports & Playground Installation
S600 General Stucco


R101 Nonstructural Remodeling and Repair
S201 Residential Electrical
S202 Solar Photovoltaic
S211 Boiler Installation
S212 Irrigation Sprinkling
S213 Industrial Piping
S214 Water Conditioning Equipment
S215 Solar Thermal Systems
S216 Residential Sewer and Septic Tank
S217 Residential Plumbing
S221 Cabinet, Millwork, Countertop Installation
S222 Overhead and Garage Door Opener
S231 Rain gutter Installation
S261 Concrete Form Setting and Shoring
S262 Gunnite and Pressure Grouting
S263 Cementations Coating Systems, Resurfacing & Sealing

S272 Ceiling Grid Systems, Ceiling Tile, and Panel Systems
S273 Lightweight Metal and Non – bearing Wall Partitions
S291 Stone Masonry
S292 Terrazzo
S293 Marble, Tile, and Ceramic
S294 Cultured Marble
S321 Steel Reinforcing
S322 Metal Building Erection
S323 Structural Stud Erection
S351 Refrigerated Air Conditioning
S352 Evaporative Cooling
S353 Warm Air Heating
S421 Residential Fencing
S441 Non-Electrical Outdoor Advertising Sign
S491 Laminate Floor

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Utah Contractor Pre-License Course

Before you can take the Utah Contractor license exam you will need to complete a 25-hour pre-license course covering Utah Construction LAW.

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The course covers the following topics:

  • Construction Accounting Skills
  • Business Management
  • Labor LAW 
  • Safety

It is important to remember this is a LAW and business management-focused class, that will not teach you any trade or technical skills.

Where can I take the pre-license course?

The course is offered in the following locations by AGC (Associated General Contractors) and the UHBA (Utah Home Builders Association):

  • Course Fee: $310.00
  • Textbook Fee (Optional) $70.00 for NSCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Utah 3rd Edition.
  • Cancellation fee is:  $25.00
  • “No-Show” fee is $50.00
  • Three Days 8:30am – 5pm

Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGC)
Phone: 801-894-9111
2207 South 1070 West Salt
Lake City, UT. 84119

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of South Utah Office
Phone: 435-628-134
6230 North 1680 East
Suite B-1
St. George, Utah 84790

Salt Lake Office of the Home Builders Association
Phone: 801-352-8266
Email: utahhba@outlook.com
9069 South 1300 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

Southern Utah Office of the Home Builders Association
Phone: 801-352-8266
Email: utahhba@outlook.com
9069 South 1300 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

Cache Valley Office of the Home Builders Association
Phone: 801-352-8266
Email: utahhba@outlook.com
9069 South 1300 West
West Jordan, UT 84088

How Do I Take the Utah Contractor License Exam?

Once you have completed your 25 Hour Pre-License Course. You are then required to pass the Utah LAW and Business Examination. 

  • 60 Questions
  • Minimum passing score 70%
  • 2 Hours to complete
  • Test is open book and taken on a computer

The test includes questions on the following topics:

  • Business Organizations
  • Licensing
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Contract Management
  • Project Management
  • Labor Laws
  • Financial Management
  • Risk Management
  • Tax Laws
  • Safety
  • Subject Area
  • Lien Laws

Licensing Costs

Utah Contractor license costs are:

$210.00 – Fee for 1st classification

$175.00 – Fee for each additional classification

$70.00 — Business registration fee (non-refundable) paid to the State of Utah Department of Commerce 

All fees are non-refundable and should be paid in check to the Utah Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Applications and Fees can be hand-delivered to

Division of Occupational and Professional LicensingHeber M Wells Building, 1st Floor Lobby160 E 300 SSalt Lake City, UT 84111

or by mail

Division of Occupational and Professional LicensingP.O. Box 146741Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741

Exam Locations

  • The test is administered by a third party testing solutions company called PSI. You can apply here
  • Remember to bring two forms of ID and show up to the exam (30 minutes early).
  • Examination fee is $75.00

The testing sites are:

  • North Salt Lake City

25 North 400 West, Suite 7

North Salt Lake City, UT 84054

  • North Orem (Provo)

581 West 1600 North, Suite C

North Orem, UT 84057

  • Hurricane (St. George)

473 N. Old Highway 91, Suite 6

Hurricane, UT 84737

  • Grand Junction

743 Horizon Court, #203

Grand Junction, CO 81506

  • Sunset (Ogden)

2465 N Main Street #11C

Sunset, UT 84015

Once your test is completed, you can send your license packet by mail to:

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

P.O. Box 146741Salt Lake City,

Utah 84114-6741

Or by delivery:

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

160 East 300 South1st Floor, Main Lobby

Salt Lake City, Utah 84

Utah Contractor License Application Guide

The Utah Contractor License Application has multiple steps. The following is a brief explanation of each section and what kind of information you will need to provide.

Applicant Information – Basic information including your name, entity information, mailing address, and phone number for your business.

Affidavit and Release – This section certifies that you are qualified to perform construction work. You will need to state that you are not a threat to the public and that everything you write in the application is correct.

Business Organization – Here you will identify which type of business entity you have chosen to operate your construction company through. (Sole Proprietorship, LLC, S-Corp, etc.)

Qualifying Questionnaire – Section covers a series of Yes or No questions about financial history and criminal background.

Financial Responsibility – This section includes submitting any information about judgments, liens, outstanding child support, and your Credit Report Authorization.

Qualifier Information and Classification – Qualifier for the business must provide: 

  • Legal name, mailing address, email, and phone number, as well as their 
  • Position (either owner of at least 20 % ownership stake, or W-2 Employee in Management Position)
  • SSN, U.S. Driver License, and Date of Birth

Applicant information – Basic application information

Ownership and Employee Listing – If there are additional owners or employees, here you will provide their information

General Liability Insurance – In Utah, all contractors must hold general liability insurance, here you will provide information about your construction insurance policy.

Fees & Instructions – Fees must be paid to the Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

How to start a Construction Company in Utah

A Utah state contractor's license can only be issued to legal business entities. You will have to form a legal entity through the: Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code. 

You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want.

Typically, construction companies choose either:

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  • Sole Proprietor – License held through an individual
  • Partnership – License held through a partnership
  • LLC – License held through a company that exists as its own entity
  • S-Corporation – License held through a corporate entity

For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for a contractor license, check out this free guide!

Utah State Business License Registration

Once you have set up your business entity, you must then register for a business license before you can begin doing business in the state of Utah.

The process is pretty simple, you can register here

Within this process you will register with the following state agencies: 

  • Utah State Tax Commission
  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality
  • Utah Department of Commerce
  • Utah Department of Commerce
  • Utah Labor Commission

To search a  current construction business operating in Utah, you can use the Utah Contractor License Lookup and Verification

Workers Compensation 

Utah requires all employers to hold worker's compensation insurance.

If you are applying for a Contractor license in Utah and have works or employees engaging in construction duties, you will disclose this on your application. 

You will need to include:

  • Name of your provider
  • Policy Number
  • Expiration on your renewal form

Check out the Utah Insurance Department website, For a deeper look at Utah's Insurance and Workers Compensation requirements.

Utah Contractor License Reciprocity

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Arizona, South Carolina, Nevada, Louisiana, and California all have reciprocity agreements with California. 

Contractor License reciprocity is an agreement between the Contractor licensing boards of two different states. Depending on your trade and your years of experience you may qualify to have the trade examination waived. To see if your classifications are eligible for reciprocity, check out this list.

This article will cover everything you need to know about California contractor license reciprocity!

Construction Apprenticeships in Utah

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Whether you are looking to become a journeyman in Utah 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.

Utah General Contractor license requirements, like the other classifications, require a skill set 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!

Blueprint Reading Skills

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For those looking to do pursue a career in construction or get the Utah 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 a contractor license.

See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!

Utah OSHA Regulations

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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 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 Utah, you may be asked to complete some level of Utah OSHA Safety Training.

Get Started!

Getting the Utah contractor license can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business or become an RMO for a construction company!

The Construction industry is highly lucrative.

The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.

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