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Georgia Residential-Light Commercial License

get georgia contractors licenseA Residential Light Commercial Contractor is one who performs any work or activity covered under the Residential/Basic contractor AND work or activity related to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures, and their related accessory buildings and structures. These buildings/structures must be less than 4 stories high and less than 25,000 square feet in aggregate interior floor space. Buildings/structures are constructed of wood or light gauge meal frame, brick veneer, prefabricated, or manufactured type of construction, or are pre-engineered steel buildings not exceeding 50,000 square feet of interior floor space There are exemptions to this scope please consult Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board web site for complete list.


Georgia Residential-Light Commercial License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseApplicants must complete the Bank Credit Reference form (in the License application packet). Account must be in the name used when applying. For example: If you want your license name to be JOHN SMITH CONSTRUCTION, then your bank account title must be in the nameI JOHN SMITH CONSTRUCTION. If the account has not been open for at least 24 months, you must have a line of credit for $25,000.00. If you have more than 3 employees you must have Workers Compensation Insurance. $500,000.00 In GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE is also REQUIRED. If applicant is applying as an individual, such proof shall be on behalf of the individual. If applicant is applying as a qualifying agent, such proof shall relate to the business organization. Applicants using education as your experience must enclose an official transcript, diploma, or certification from accredited college, university or technical school in a sealed envelope. Applicants can qualify through formal education or through practical experience, or a combination of the two. (1) Applicant has received a 4-year degree from an accredited college or university in the field of engineering, architecture, construction management, building construction, or other field acceptable to the division and has at least 1-year proven experience working as or in the employment of a residential contractor, general contractor, or other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the division or (2) Applicant has a combination acceptable to the division or academic credits from any accredited college-level courses and proven practical experience working as or in the employment of a residential contractor, general contractor, or other proven experience deemed substantially similar by the division equaling at least 4-years in the aggregate. or (3) Applicant has a total of at least 4-years of proven active experience working in a construction industry related field, at least 2 of which shall have been as or in the employment of a residential contractor, or other proven experience deemed acceptable by the division. or (4) Applicant must have had significant responsibility for the successful performance and completion of at least 2 projects falling within the residence-light commercial scope in the 4 years immediately preceding application. Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and must complete and sign authorization for background check, including criminal history. On the application you must list one (1) residential project with address and completion date as well as one (1) commercial project with address and completion date. For each project an affidavit by an Architect, Engineer or Home Owner (for the Residential job) that worked on each project is required. More info here.


Georgia Residential-Light Commercial Fees


contractors license feesThe fee for the exam is $72. A nonrefundable fee of $200.00 must be submitted with application. The fees for the exams vary according to each trade. This amount sometimes includes both the non-refundable application processing fee and covers one or two-year fee. Applicants having more than 3 employees must have Workers Compensation Insurance. More info here.


Georgia Residential-Light Commercial Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationPre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination. All eligibilities are valid for 1-year from the date that the application is received by the Board. If you do not pass the examination within the 1-year period, you must reapply with the Board. You must pass both the Business and Law and the Trade examinations within the 1-year period. If you fail one examination, and pass the other examination, you will only need to retake the failed examination. If you fail the examination twice within the 1-year eligibility period your application becomes void. You will need to reapply to the Board, for both examinations, regardless if you had passed one during the 1-year period. You may reapply after the original 1-year eligibility period expires. The fee for the exam is $72. The Georgia Residential Light Commercial Contractor Exam has 90 questions and a time limit of 230 minutes. A 70% is required to pass. Business and Law exam has 50 questions and 120 minutes limit. More info here.

Residential-Light Commercial Exam Content


Sitework, Footings, and Foundation
Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement
General Code and Construction Knowledge
Associated Trades
OSHA Safety

Total Number of Test Questions: 90

Time Allowed: 230 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. International Building Code, 2006, ICC.


2. International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2006, ICC.


3. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), with latest available amendments, U.S. Government Printing Office.


4. Carpentry & Building Construction, 2010, John Feirer, Gilbert Hutchings and Mark Feirer.


5. The Guide to Good Practice for Handing, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Truses, 2013, Wood Truss Council of America.


6. The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 3rd Edition, 2005, American Society of Concrete Contractors.


7. Georgia Accessibility Code, 120-3-20, Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner.


8. Modern Masonry: Brick, Block, Stone, 8th Edition, 2015, Clois E. Kicklighter.


9. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts.


10. Gypsum Construction Handbook, 2014, USG.


11. Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 2nd Edition, 2006, Steel Joist Institute.


12. SDI Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2nd Edition, 2006, Steel Deck Institute.


13. International Energy Conservation Code, 2009, ICC.


14. Georgia State Amendments to the State Minimum Standard Codes, Georgia Department of Community Affairs.


NOTE: If you are not currently a licensed contractor then you are required to take and pass BOTH the standard LAW exam and TRADE specific exam.

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Georgia Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe State of Georgia has reciprocity with Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. However, you must have held the same classification of license in these states for at least three years to qualify for reciprocity. More info here.