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North Carolina Residential Contractors License

get north carolina contractors licenseThe Residential classification covers all types of construction activity pertaining to the construction of residential units that are required to conform to the residential code adopted by the Building Code Council. It covers all site-work, driveways and sidewalks ancillary to the residential structure and the work done as part of such residential units under the specialty classifications of Insulation, Masonry, and Swimming Pools.


North Carolina Residential Contractors License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseThis license is divided into three types: Limited, Intermediate, and Unlimited. The Limited License has a financial limit per project of up to $500,000. In order to qualify, the applicant must be financially stable and show that they exceed their total liabilities by $17,000. If this is not possible, a surety bond must be obtained in the amount of $250,000. The Intermediate License has a financial limit of up to $1,000,000 per project. In order to qualify, the applicant must be financially stable and show that they exceed their total liabilities by $75,000. The Unlimited License is not restricted to the value of the project. In order to qualify the applicant must be financially stable and show that they exceed their total liabilities by $150,000. More info here.


North Carolina Residential Contractors Fees


contractors license feesThe fee for the exam is $60 and a score of at least 70% is required to pass the exam. Licensing fees may differ according to each classification. It costs $50 nonrefundable for each contractors exam you apply for. The Limited license is $75; an Intermediate license is $100; an Unlimited license is $125. The application fee includes the first year's license fee. All licenses expire on December 31 each year.


North Carolina Residential Contractors Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationPlease note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Residential Building exam. The residential contractors exam has has approximately 90 questions and a time limit of 210 minutes. All applicants must score at least 70% in order to pass. The examination is open book and pre-approval from the Board is required before taking the exam. More info here.

Residential Exam Content


Site Work, Footings and Foundations
Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement
Associated Construction Trades
Estimating, Plan Reading and General Residential Code Requirements
OSHA Safety
Licensing and Business and Law
Special Construction Zones (wind and coastal) and Erosion and Sedimentation Control

Total Number of Test Questions: 90

Time Allowed: 210 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry, 2005, North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Bureau of Education, Training and Technical Assistance (available from North Carolina Department of Labor - order code 600).


2. Contractor's Guide to Business, Law and Project Management – North Carolina General Contractors Edition, 7th Edition, NASCLA.


3. North Carolina State Residential (One- and Two-Family Dwelling) Code, 2012, North Carolina Department of Insurance (available from International Code Council).


4. North Carolina State Building Code: Administrative Code and policies, 2012, ICC.



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North Carolina Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityCurrently the State of North Carolina Licensing Board has waiver agreements with South Carolina and Tennessee, which means that exams can be waived, however all of the required license fees must be still paid according to the state's requirements. More info here.