Kentucky Contractor Licenses

Plumbing, electrical and HVAC contractors must be licensed in Kentucky. To find out if an electrician is licensed click https://hbc.ky.gov/licensing/electrical/license_lookup.asp.

Contractor License Lookup in Kentucky

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in Kentucky?

To find out if a plumbing contractor is licensed, call (502) 564-3580.


Electrician’s Licenses

To operate an electrical business in Kentucky you need a license. To apply, contact:

Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction
Division of Fire Protection
Electrical Licensing
101 Sea Hero Drive, Ste 100
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-0364
http://ohbc.ky.gov/fp/els/

Forms are available online at http://ohbc.ky.gov/fp/els/elsformspubs.htm.

Electrical Contractor
In order to contract with the public to perform electrical work. Only licensed electrical contractors may pull electrical permits. To qualify for the license you need:

  • Two years verifiable experience as an electrical contractor in Kentucky.
  • Proof of $500,000 General liability insurance
  • Proof of Worker’s Compensation insurance
  • Completed application form
  • $200 application fee
  • Passport sized photo
  • Pass the required International Code Council exam

Master Electrician
Each electrical contractor must employ at least one master electrician. Master electricians are responsible for all electrical work performed under their supervision. To qualify for the license you need:

  • Six years verifiable experience as an electrician in Kentucky
  • Completed application form
  • $100 application fee
  • Passport sized photo
  • Pass the required International Code Council exam

Electrician
All electrical work must be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed electrician or master electrician. In order to work Unsupervised, an electrical worker must be licensed as at least an electrician. To qualify for the license you need:

  • Four years verifiable experience as an electrician in Kentucky
  • Completed application form
  • $50 application fee
  • Passport sized photo
  • Pass the required International Code Council exam

In order to contract with the public and pull permits, your business must be licensed as an electrical contractor. Each electrical contractor must employ at least one master electrician. Therefore, if you are running a one-person electrical business, you must obtain both an electrical contractor and a master electrician license.

You will need to pass the International Code Council exam.

International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
(877) 783-3926
http://www2.iccsafe.org

Exams are administered by LaserGrade, LP. Contact them to find the nearest testing center.

LaserGrade, LP
(800) 211-2754
http://www.lasergrade.com

Electrician’s fees: It will cost $200 to apply for the contractor license, $100 for the master license and $50 for the electrician license.

 


Plumber’s Licenses

To operate a plumbing business in Kentucky you need a master plumber license. To install plumbing you need a journeyman license. A journeyman plumber applicant must document two years of experience as an apprentice plumber working under the supervision of a licensed plumber. A master plumber applicant must have possessed a valid journeyman license for two years before taking the exam. To get an application for a plumbing license, contact:

Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction
Division of Plumbing
1047 US Highway 127 S, Suite 1
Frankfort, KY 40601-4337
(502) 564-3580
Fax: (502) 564-0690
http://ohbc.ky.gov/plb/plblic.htm

Forms are available online at http://ohbc.ky.gov/plb/plbfap.htm.

Plumber’s license fees: You need to be a U.S. citizen or have applied for your first papers to get a license. You also have to pass an exam. The master exam, which lasts three hours, is based on written questions and chart analysis. It will cost you $150 to apply and $250 for the license. You need to have a journeyman’s license to take the master exam.

The journeyman exam has written questions, chart work, and a practical section. The chart work will ask you to complete a drawing of a layout. The written and chart sections of the exam together last two and one-half hours. The practical section lasts two and one-half hours. The journeyman exam will cost you $50.

The exams use the Kentucky State Plumbing Law, Regulation and Code book. You can get the book from the Division.

Kentucky doesn’t have a reciprocal agreement with any other state.


HVAC Contractor’s Licenses

You need a license to do HVAC work in Kentucky. For an application, contact:

Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction
Division of Fire Protection
Electrical Licensing
101 Sea Hero Drive, Ste 100
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-0364
http://ohbc.ky.gov/

The Division issues master, journeyman, limited journeyman duct and limited journeyman installer licenses. To obtain a master license, you must pass an exam (including a business and law portion) and have two years mechanical experience. You must also provide show proof of insurance showing general liability insurance coverage from a Kentucky authorized company in the minimum amount of $800,000 general aggregate ($500,000 for general liability and $300,000 for property damage). The journeyman and limited journeyman license applicants must have two years experience, pass an exam and work under the supervision of a master contractor. The Division also registers apprentices. Upon registration, apprentices can start receiving credit for experience gained under the supervision of a master contractor.

You will need to pass the International Code Council exam.

International Code Council
900 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
(877) 783-3926
http://www2.iccsafe.org

Exams are administered by LaserGrade, LP. Contact them to find the nearest testing center.

LaserGrade, LP
(800) 211-2754
http://www.lasergrade.com

HVAC license fees: It will cost you $250 to apply for a master’s license and $50 for the exam. It will cost you $50 to apply for the journeyman’s license and $40 for the exam.


Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on transportation and highway work in Kentucky you need to get a certificate of eligibility. To get an application, contact:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Contract Procurement
Frankfort, KY 40622
(502) 564-3500
Fax: (502) 564-8961
http://www.transportation.ky.gov/default2.html

Some of the details you’ll be asked for are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You’ll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Principal types of work:

Grade and drain
Signs
Portland cement concrete paving
Lighting
Bituminous concrete paving
Landscaping 
Bridge projects
not more than 70 ft clear span
not more than 100 ft clear span
100 ft clear span and over
over navigable streams
demolition of major bridges

Incidental types of work:

Clearing and grubbing Culverts
Ditching and shouldering Bridge repair
Bridge approaches Bridge deck repair
Guardrails Bridge painting
Fencing Steel erection
Seeding and sodding Tieing steel reinforcement
Dense graded aggregate base construction Furnish and drive piling
Cement concrete base construction Dredging
Soil cement base construction Hydraulic embankment construction
Plant mix bank gravel base construction Storm drainage and storm sewer
Curb and gutter Slurry seal
Sidewalk Buildings and related construction
Entrance pavement Demolition
Paved ditch

The certificate of eligibility is good until 120 days after the end of your company’s fiscal year.


Out-of-State Corporations

An out-of-state corporation needs a Certificate of Authority from the Kentucky Secretary of State to do business in the state. There is a $40 filing fee. For information, contact:

Corporate Division
Secretary of State
Room 15 Capitol Building
700 Capitol Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2848
http://sos.ky.gov/

The certificate of Authority application is available online at http://sos.ky.gov/business/filings/forms/.

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