In Arkansas to work as a general contractor, you need to obtain the Arkansas general contractor license. Continue reading for detailed information and for a step-by-step guide that will help you quickly and easily get your license.
Some of you may work as a contractor without a license and wonder why you need to get it. Having a contractor license gives you a lot of benefits and opportunities.
Now as we have talked about the benefit it’s time to talk about the licensure process in Arkansas.
There are two different categories of the general contractor’s license in Arkansas commercial contractor license and residential contractor license. For each license type, there are different requirements. So, let’s talk about each separately.
You will belong to this category if you are doing construction projects in Arkansas that include non-family residential buildings or property. And it doesn’t matter if it is a small office or a large building complex.
Also, the project’s worth must be at least $50,000 and this amount includes any type of cost connected with the project.
So, if you have decided to get a commercial contractor’s license, you need to complete these steps.
Note: Before filling the Arkansas Commercial New Application Form make sure to read it.
You need the Residential Contractor’s License if you are planning to do any type of work on a single-family residence. The work can be building a home or adding an extension.
According to Arkansas law, any property includes a maximum of four separate single units. Any building that includes more than four separate units is a commercial project.
If your project’s worth is more than $2,000 you need to get a residential license. This amount includes subcontractors, materials, and any other costs.
If you want to get a residential contractor’s license, you need to complete these steps:
Note: Every person in Arkansas has eligibility to build one house per year, and for this, you don’t need a residential contractor’s license. But you cannot sell or rent out the houses.
One more thing if you have a commercial license, there is no need to get a residential one for working on a single-family residence, your commercial one covers it.
There are other contractor classifications in Arkansas, two more of them are:
With this license, you can work on a commercial project that
You can also work on residential properties.
You need this license if you are planning to remodel or repair a house, and the residential project’s worth is more than $2,000.
Note: The requirements for these two are the same as for the general ones.
In order to prove that you are ready for a residential or commercial contractor’s license, you need to take and pass the Arkansas Business and Law exam. It’s a national exam and you have two hours to complete a 50-question test. You will take the exam at the nearest testing center.
To register for your contractor’s license exam, do these steps:
If you have more questions about the licensure process visit the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board website.