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Louisiana Residential Contractors License

get louisiana contractors licenseA Residential contractor is one who constructs a fixed building or structure for sale for use by another as a residence when the cost of the undertaking exceeds $50,000. This license allows new construction, remodeling and repair of residential structures no more than three stories in height. It shall not include the manufactured housing industry or those persons engaged in building residential structures that are mounted on metal chassis and wheels. The only time that the construction of a duplex, tri-plex, or four-plex is covered is when it is a single contract for one unit. To build multiple units, apartment buildings, or subdivisions you need to have a Building Contractor License. It is not needed for individuals who build no more than one residence for their own use per year.


Louisiana Residential Contractors License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseThere are no specific experience requirements in Louisiana. However financial requirements do exist: The applicant must provide the board with a financial statement, current and within 12 months of the date of filing, prepared by an auditor and signed before a notary public, proving the current assets of the applicant, which will be used by the board to determine financial responsibility of the applicant to perform in the State of Louisiana, which is $50,000 or more. Such assets shall include a net worth of at least $10,000. Contractors usually have to post a bond equal to 5% of the contract price for any lump sum or cost-plus contract. The minimum bond amount is $1,000. A Residential Building Contractor's license is required for residences three stories or less in height if the cost of the project is more than $50,000. More info here.


Louisiana Residential Contractors Fees


contractors license feesThe total cost for licensing and examination is $265 ($100 for license classification, $25 transaction fee, $60 per person Business and Law study guide fee and $100 examination/verification fee). The exam costs $100 for each classification you take an exam in. You also have to pay the Board $60 for study material for the business and law part of the exam. A license costs $100 for any one classification and $95 for each additional classification. The maximum you can pay for a license in multiple classifications is $300. All licenses are good for one year and expire on December 31st each year. The Licensing Board investigates all out-of-state contractors before licensing them. You must pay a $400 surcharge to cover the costs of this investigation. You also must wait around 60 days from the date of your application while the Board completes the investigation prior to continuing the process.


Louisiana Residential Contractors Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationThe Board requires you to pass two exams in order to get a contractors license. The contractors exam has a business and law section and a trade section.The Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board gives the exam. The Contractors Exam for trade section has 80 multiple-choice, equally weighted questions with a 4-hour time limit. The same is true for the Business and Law Exam. 70% of the questions must be answered correctly for a passing score. A candidate may request three dates upon which he or she will be available to take the examination. An attempt will be made to accommodate the candidate. New applicants for licensure will be given priority in scheduling. Examinations will not be scheduled unless you submit your application along with all of the required documentation. More info here.

Residential Contractors Exam Content


Rough Carpentry
Interior and Exterior Finish
Concrete and Rebar
Associated Trades
Excavation and Site Work
Plans and Specifications

Total Number of Test Questions: 80

Time Allowed: 240 minutes


Books Are NOT Allowed Into The Exam


1. Carpentry and Building Construction; Feirer, Mark D. and Feirer John L; Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; New York; 2003/2004.

2. Modern Masonry; Kicklighter, Clois E.; Goodheart-Willcox Company, Inc.; Tinley Park, IL; 1997.

3. The Contractor’s Guide to Quality Concrete Construction; American Society of Concrete Contractors, and American Concrete Institute; Farmington Hills, MI; 2000.

4. Roofing Construction & Estimating; Atcheson, Daniel; Craftsman Book Company; Carlsbad, CA; 1997.

5. Gypsum Construction Handbook, Sixth Edition; R. S. Means Co., Inc.; Kingston, MA; 2009.


6. International Residential Code For One and Two-Family Dwellings; International Code Council; Birmingham, AL; 2006.

7. International Building Code; International Code Council; Birmingham, AL; 2006.

8. Building Your High-Performance Home: Gulf Region Homeowners Guide; Reichel, Claudette Hanks, Ed. D., et. al.; Louisiana State University Agricultural Center; Baton Rouge, LA; 2009.
This publication is available in hard copy from: or from:

9. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 29, Part 1926, 2011.


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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Louisiana Residential Contractors Exam Study Kit $249


complete home study kit saleOur home study materials are available in either books with CD-ROMs version or online downloadable version. Our CD-ROM software is developed using the computer-assisted testing software, which means that no internet or prior computer experience is required. Both CD-ROM and instant online download versions are identical and cover everything you need to study and pass your contractors exam. The complete home study kit includes: both Business and Law & Residential study manual with over 500 pages of trade, math examples, estimating, formulas, safety, blueprint reading, and other study content. Plus hundreds of exam practice questions with detailed explanations to all Business and Law and Residential exam practice questions. All orders also receive a complete contractors application review, 30-day online exam support, and 24/7 online applicant support.


Louisiana Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityThe following states have reciprocity with the states of Louisiana: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Utah as well as the North Carolina Electrical Examiners' Board. The Business and Law examination cannot be waived for out-of-state contractors. However, reciprocity is not automatic, applications will be considered on an individual basis. The contractor must be applying for a license in a classification that appears on that state's reciprocal classifications list.