Minnesota Contractor Licenses


The state of Minnesota does not recognize a general contractor license. They do however issue contractor licenses for specialized professions and disciplines. This includes Residential Roofers and Remodelers, Electricians, plumbers, boiler contractors, and high-pressure piping.

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The state has its own take on codes and regulations when it comes to contractor licenses. As a replacement for the previous ICEC program, they have adapted the CCRP or Construction Contractor Registration Program. A program where an individual or a company is required to register their business trades and services with the Department of Labor and Industry, when and if building construction is involved, either commercial or residential.

An individual or a company may be exempt from registering with the CCRC program, if and when the construction work requires a separate trade specific registration, permit, certificate or a license. Rather than applying for a contractor registration, the individual or company may apply for their licenses or other requirements instead. You can find all licensing forms here.

That being said, Minnesota is not particularly forgiving when it comes to their codes and regulations towards contractor licensing. An unlicensed contractor who fail to register, while currently engaged in contractual trades and services is considered to be in violation of that law; thus, monetary penalties may apply and/or incarceration may be enforced.

To make sure you don’t make the same mistakes others regrettably have done, learn how to register and apply for a license. Make sure the contracting business you’re involved with does or does not require a license. Find out if the company you’re working for already has the necessary permits, licenses and certifications.

Who Needs a Contractor License in Minnesota?

There are various classifications of professions and/or disciplines that requires a license in the state of Minnesota. If you find your line of contracting trade and services listed below, you will need a license before engaging in business within the state area.

Note: Make sure to consult with your local department where other licenses, permits or certifications may be required.

Who are Exempted from a Contractor’s License in Minnesota

Minnesota state may be a little strict in enforcing their codes and regulations, but they do offer exemptions in special circumstances.

  • Contractors are exempted when and if the construction job already requires a separate license of its own. This includes electrical work, plumbing, and other disciplines that you can find here.
  • Employees who are under the employment of a licensed company or contractor are exempted from getting their licenses.
  • Homeowners are exempted when doing home improvement, repairs or any building alterations as long as it’s done without the intention of reselling.
  • Professionals with a degree in architecture and/or engineering that is closely related to the field of practice.
  • Contractors who do not require more than one skill set which you can find here, but with the exemption of roofers.
  • Trading companies that don’t involve themselves in installations or on-hand constructions. These are the suppliers who are purely there to deliver the needed materials.

For any questions or clarifications, you can call them at: (651)-284-5034 or email them at: dli.license@state.mn.us.

Why do You Need a Contractor License in Minnesota

Aside from compliance with the codes and regulations of Minnesota, there are other reasons why you should apply or register for a license. Searching for a contractual job will be a lot easier for a licensed contractor compared to an unlicensed one. Not to mention, the pay will be higher too. It will also help both you and your client with any insurance and liability issues.

Another reason will be the credibility you bring to the job. Most of your clients will trust a contractor more easily if they provide them with a license. That being said, as a licensed contractor in Minnesota, clients will at least know you are indeed capable of doing the job, thus giving you a boost to your contracting career.

How to Apply for a Contractor’s License in Minnesota

Applying for a contractor’s license in Minnesota is not as easy as its surrounding states. But as long as you live up to all the requirements, it’s just a matter of simple few clicks here and there. You can apply for a certificate, registration and licenses online on their official website.

Note: Expect fees when applying for a license, registration or certificate. The prices may vary depending on the profession.

Residential Contractors, Roofers and Remodelers License

For residential contractors and remodelers, a license will be required for an individual or a company who is engaged in a contractual business that requires at least 2 skill sets. That is with the exemption of residential roofers. Although it is but a single skill set, they are required by the federal state government to have a remodelern license or residential building contractor license. The list of skill sets can be found here.

Now, as a homeowner, it does not entirely exempt you from having your own license. You will still need a license if and when home improvement or any alterations are made to your own home residence, with reselling or speculation in mind.

Residential Contractors and Remodelers Skill Set

 

Skill Set

Job Description

Excavation

Trenching

Site grading

Grading

Excavation

Masonry/Concrete

Masonry walls, veneer, and fireplaces

Waterproofing and water resistance

Slabs and poured-in-place footings

Drainage systems

Poured walls

Carpentry

Windows, skylights and doors

Finish and rough carpentry

Drywall installations

Porches and decks

Wood foundations

Interior Finishing

Wood floors and floor coverings

Cabinet and countertop installation

Exterior and interior painting

Marble, quarry tiles and ceramic

Installation of prefabricated stairs and ornamental guardrail

Insulation and vapor barriers

Wallpapering

Exterior Finishing

Trim, soffit, and fascia

Siding

Painting

Stucco and exterior plaster

Rain carrying systems, down spouts and gutters included

Drywall and Plaster

Finishing

Interior plaster

Painting

Taping

Installation

Wallpapering

Roofing

Roof insulation and weatherproofing

Roof support system repairs (new construction not applicable)

Roof sheathing

Roof coverings

General Installation Specialties

Spas, hot tubs and pools

Wood stoves and fireplaces

Seal coating and asphalt paving

Stucco and exterior plaster

Garage doors and openers

Prefabricated stairs and ornamental guardrails

License Requirements for Residential Building Contractors and Remodelers

  • Application fee of $440 when annual gross receipts do not exceed $1 million, $540 when annual gross receipts ranges between $1 million and $5 million, and $640 when annual gross receipts exceeds $5 million.
  • If the legal name of the applicant is different from the business name, a Certificate of Assumed Name from the office of Minnesota Secretary of State is required. Registration form can be found here.
  • A complete disclosure of who is involved in the construction job, including but not limited to owners, directors, shareholders, employees, and management officers. A Criminal Background Check form from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will also be required from each of the qualifying individuals who are part of the construction job.
  • A company must designate a “qualifying person” and present his/her Designated Qualifying Person Form in the application form.
  • A Certificate of Insurance to which the liability insurance policy is at least $300,000 per occurrence with a coverage of at least $10,000 in property damages.
  • If the applicant is exempt from any insurance, codes or regulations, they must present a Certificate of exemption or compliance from their respective departments.
  • A copy of Articles of Organization or Incorporation which will be signed by all involved parties to be filed and stamped by the office of Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Complete the application by following all necessary steps provided on this page.
  • If the Construction Codes and Licensing Division under the Department of Labor and Industry in Minnesota has notified the applicant to schedule their exam, they can do so by clicking here.

License Requirements for Residential Roofers in Minnesota

  • Application fee of $120 and a license fee of $165.
  • Applicant must provide a Criminal Background Check form from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
  • Applicant must present a copy of Articles of Organization or Incorporation which will be signed by all involved parties to be filed and stamped by the office of Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Applicant must hold a $15,000 surety bond with the power of attorney.
  • If the legal name of the applicant is different from the business name, a Certificate of Assumed Name from the office of Minnesota Secretary of State is required. Registration form can be found here.
  • A Certificate of Insurance to which the liability insurance policy is at least $300,000 per occurrence with a coverage of at least $10,000 in property damages.
  • Any applicant with possible exemptions such as unemployment insurance requirements, liability insurance and compensation insurance must have a written explanation or Certificate of Exemption.
  • A company must designate a “qualifying person” and present his/her Designated Qualifying Person Form in the application form.
  • If all requirements have been met, the applicant must file an application for licensure at DLI’s official page.
  • If an applicant has been given the green light for scheduling an exam, they can register here.

Examination Guide for Residential Building Contractors, Remodelers and Roofers

  • Examinee will be provided with the current codes and statues, together with a calculator. No other items may be allowed, including smart phones and other electronic devices.
  • All questions in the examination will be in multiple choice format.
  • All examinations will contain 110 questions and a limited time of 4 hours.
  • Applicants can learn more about the examination’s scoring, difficulty and other relevant information here.

Other Home Building Construction-Related Licenses Being Issued in Minnesota

Dealing with manufactured homes is quite different from home residences. That is why separate licenses for the installment and services was issued. Minnesota is offering a Manufactured Home Installer and Manufactured Home Manufacturer License. You can learn more about these licenses by going to their page here.

Helpful Resources and Contacts:

If you want to read more about Residential Contractors, Remodelers, and Roofers, you can go ahead and click here.

You can ask your questions by calling the DLI Licensing Department at (651)-284-5069 or email them at dli.license@state.mn.us.

Electrical Contractors License

There are classifications of electrical contractor jobs administered in the state of Minnesota. Depending on your qualifications and work experience, you can apply for either one of these available disciplines for licensing by the federal state government.

Electrical Installer Class B

Class B Electrical Installer is an electrician who is trained and experienced in the installation of electrical equipment and apparatus on certain public and even private locations. They will also contribute to the best possible layout for the said equipment on these locations. To be a licensed Electrical Install Class B, they must have a good grasp of the technical knowledge revolving around electrical-related jobs.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months’ work experience that can be accumulated from work experiences or training programs that are listed below.

  • Electrical wiring and installation of electrical equipment and apparatus. Up to 12 months maximum credit.
  • Repairs and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Electrical line work. Up to 3 months maximum credit.
  • Elevator installation. Up to 3 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of technology systems and circuits. Up to 3 months maximum credit.

Fees:

  • Application and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $20 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years.

Table Representation:

Electrical Installer Class B (12 months)

Work Experiences and Education

Minimum Months

Maximum Months

Installation and Wiring

0

12

Maintenance and Repairs

0

6

Line work

0

3

Elevator Installation

0

3

Wiring and Maintenance for Technology Systems and Circuits

0

3

Electrical Lineman

A licensed Electrical Lineman will have the duty to maintain electrical distribution system and transmissions. They must have the proper knowledge, training and experience to be able to do so.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 month’s work experience that can be accumulated from work experiences or training programs that are listed below.

  • Electrical wiring and installation of electrical equipment and apparatus. Up to 12 months maximum credit.
  • Repairs and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus. Up to 12 months maximum credit.
  • Electrical line work. Up to 48 months maximum credit and a minimum of 24 months minimum credit.
  • Elevator installation. Up to 3 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of technology systems and circuits. Up to 6 months maximum credit.

Fees:

  • Application and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $20 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years.

Table Representation:

Electrical Lineman (48 Months)

Work Experiences and Education

Minimum Months

Maximum Months

Installation and Wiring

0

12

Maintenance and Repairs

0

12

Line work

24

48

Elevator Installation

0

3

Wiring and Maintenance for Technology Systems and Circuits

0

6

Maintenance Electrician

Maintenance electricians are responsible for any repairs or maintenance work involving electrical equipment, apparatus and even wiring. To qualify, one must provide the necessary requirements that are listed below.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 month’s work experience that can be accumulated from work experiences or training programs that are listed below.

  • Electrical wiring and installation of electrical equipment and apparatus. Up to 24 months maximum credit.
  • Repairs and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus. Up to 48 months maximum credit and a minimum of 24 months of experience.
  • Electrical line work. Up to 3 months maximum credit,
  • Elevator installation. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of technology systems and circuits. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of process control systems and circuits. Up to 12 months maximum credit.
  • A credit of 12-month work experience can be given to an applicant who has completed a 2-year board-approved technical course post high-school.

Fees:

  • Application and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $20 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years.

Table Representation:

Maintenance Electrician (48 Months)

Work Experiences and Education

Minimum Credit

Maximum Credit

Installation and Wiring

0

24

Maintenance and Repairs

24

48

Line work

0

3

Elevator Installation

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance for Technology Systems and Circuits

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance of Process Control Systems and Circuits

0

12

Post Highschool Technical Course

0

12

Class A Journeyman Electrician

A Class A Journeyman Electrician is one who can both perform and supervise any work that involves most of the electrical duties, with the exemption of layouts and planning. Duties includes linework, installations, maintenance and repairs of electrical equipment, apparatus and wirings.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 month’s work experience that can be accumulated from work experience or training programs that are listed below.

  • Electrical wiring and installation of electrical equipment and apparatus. Up to 48 months maximum credit and a minimum of 24 months experience.
  • Repairs and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus. Up to 24 months maximum credit.
  • Electrical line work. Up to 3 months maximum credit,
  • Elevator installation. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of technology systems and circuits. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of process control systems and circuits. Up to 12 months maximum credit.
  • A credit of 12-month work experience can be given to an applicant who has completed a 2-year board-approved technical course post high-school.

Fees:

  • Application fee and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $30 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Table Representation:

Class A Journeyman Electrician (48 Months)

Work Experiences and Education

Minimum Credit

Maximum Credit

Installation and Wiring

24

48

Maintenance and Repairs

0

24

Line work

0

3

Elevator Installation

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance for Technology Systems and Circuits

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance of Process Control Systems and Circuits

0

12

Post Highschool Technical Course

0

12

Master Electrician

A Master Electrician can be assigned to supervise, or even perform any electrical work that may be required of him/her. Considering the significance and responsibilities involved in their tasks, they have much stricter requirements that would involve mastery of the disciplines in the electrical field of work.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 60 month’s work experience that can be accumulated from work experiences or training programs that are listed below.

  • Planning of wiring and equipment installations with the consideration of power, light and heat. Up to 12 months maximum credit and a minimum of 2 months experience.
  • Layout of wiring and equipment installations with the consideration of power, light and heat. Up to 12 months maximum credit and a minimum of 2 months experience.
  • Supervision of wiring and equipment installations with the consideration of power, light and heat. Up to 12 months maximum credit and a minimum of 2 months experience.
  • Electrical wiring and installation of electrical equipment and apparatus. Up to 48 months maximum credit and a minimum of 12 months experience.
  • Repairs and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus. Up to 24 months maximum credit.
  • Electrical line work. Up to 3 months maximum credit,
  • Elevator installation. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of technology systems and circuits. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of process control systems and circuits. Up to 12 months maximum credit.

Fees:

  • Application fee and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $60 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Table Representation:

Master Electrician Class A (60 Months)

Work Experiences and Education

Minimum Credit

Maximum Credit

Installation and Wiring Planning

2

12

Installation and Wiring Layouts

2

12

Installation and Wiring Supervision

2

12

Installation and Wiring

12

48

Maintenance and Repairs

0

24

Line work

0

3

Elevator Installation

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance for Technology Systems and Circuits

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance of Process Control Systems and Circuits

0

12

Power Limited Technician

Similar to Master Electricians, a Power Limited Technician also can be given the responsibility to facilitate and supervise any wiring installations, repairs and maintenance, including other electrical equipment and apparatus. All the while able to perform the said tasks on their own.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 36 month’s work experience that can be accumulated from work experiences or training programs that are listed below.

  • Planning of wiring and equipment installations with the consideration of power, light and heat. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Layout for wiring and equipment installations with the consideration of power, light and heat. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Supervision of wiring and equipment installations with the consideration of power, light and heat. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Electrical wiring and installation of electrical equipment and apparatus. Up to 36 months maximum credit and a minimum of 12 months experience.
  • Repairs and maintenance of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatus. Up to 24 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of technology systems and circuits. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • Maintenance and wiring of process control systems and circuits. Up to 6 months maximum credit.
  • A credit of 2,000 hours or 12-month work experience can be given to an applicant who has completed a 2-year board-approved technical course or any electrical course post high-school.

Fees:

  • Application fee and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $20 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Table Representation:

Power Limited Technician (36 Months)

Work Experiences and Education

Minimum Credit

Maximum Credit

Installation and Wiring Planning

0

6

Installation and Wiring Layouts

0

6

Installation and Wiring Supervision

0

6

Installation and Wiring

12

36

Wiring and Maintenance for Technology Systems and Circuits

0

6

Wiring and Maintenance of Process Control Systems and Circuits

0

6

Post Highschool Electrical Training or Technical Course

0

12

Electrical Contractor Examination Guide

  • Questions will be in multiple-choice format.
  • Difficulty of examination will depend on the classifications of electrical disciplines. Ranking from 1 to 5 where 1 is ranked as the easiest.
  • Journeyman and Master Electrician will both have 100 questions.
  • Maintenance Electrician will have 70 questions.
  • Lineman Electrician will have 50 questions.
  • Class B Electrical Installer will have 25 questions.
  • Examinees will be given 5 hours and 30 minutes to complete the exam.
  • The passing rate of all examinations is at 70%
  • More information about electrical license examination can be found here.

Other Electrical-Related Contractor Licenses Being Issued in Minnesota

If you didn’t find the electrical discipline you were hoping to find from the list above, you might find them here. You will find electrical licenses that fall under Elevator / Limited Elevator Contractor, Journeyworker Elevator Constructor, Technology Systems Contractor, Satellite System Installer and Electrical and Power Limited Registration.

Helpful Resources and Contacts:

For more information about electrical licensing, you can go to this page.

Apply for electrical license, permits or specialties in Minnesota by clicking here. Make sure you pick applicable disciplines and options to continue.

If you have any questions, you can call the State’s Department of Labor and Industry Electrical Contractor Department at (651)-284-5026 or you can email them at dli.electricity@state.mn.us

Plumbing Contractors

Much like electrical contractor licenses, there are classifications of plumbing jobs where a license is required to work within the state of Minnesota.

Journeyman Plumber

A Journeyman Plumber is one who is qualified to perform any plumbing services including but not limited to storm sewer systems, sanitary sewer and other water services that is within the property or its close proximity. The said services may either be performed within the interior or exterior of the property area. One should remember that they must be under the supervision or direction of a licensed Master Plumber.

Requirements:

  • The applicant must have undergone 4 years of apprenticeship, in which a year must consist of 1,750 hours of plumbing work experience totaling 7,000 hours. Registration can be found here.
  • Apprenticeship work experience must include at least 2,000 hours of water distribution system installation, 2,000 hours of waste, drain and vent system installation, and 1,000 hours of fixture installation.
  • Apprenticeship requirement may be disregarded if an applicant has at least 2 years of plumbing experience as a Restricted Master Plumber or Restricted Journeyman Plumber. You can find out more about the Restricted Plumbing License by clicking here.
  • The applicant must undergo a state-approved continuing education for a total of 16 hours, where 12 hours must be relative to the state’s Plumbing Code and 4 hours of plumbing-related technical topics.
  • The applicant must provide a Code Compliance Bond of $25,000. Registration can be found here.

Fees:

  • Application fee and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $30 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Master Plumber

A Master Plumber in Minnesota is responsible for the supervision or planning of any plumbing works including but not limited to installations and maintenance of storm sewer systems, sanitary sewer or any other water services that may be required. They must have a good understanding of the codes and regulations sanctioned by the state government. They may also perform any of the said plumbing works without any supervision.

Requirements:

  • The applicant must at least have 5 years of experience working as a plumber with a Journeyman Plumber License. A year must have at least 1,750 hours of plumbing work experience, totaling 8,750 hours for the duration of 5 years.
  • If a Journeyman Plumber License is not available, a Restricted Master Plumber License is accepted, together with a 5-year plumbing contractor experience within Minnesota. Restricted Plumbing Licenses can be found here.
  • The applicant must undergo a state-approved continuing education program for a total of 16 hours, where 12 hours must be relative to the state’s Plumbing Code and 4 hours of plumbing-related technical topics.
  • The applicant must provide a Code Compliance Bond of $25,000. Registration can be found here.

Fees:

  • Application fee and examination fee of $50.
  • Base license fee of $60 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Plumbing Contractor

A Plumbing Contractor mostly falls under the “Business Category” of plumbing works. They are responsible for offering plumbing-related contract jobs within the state. That would also mean they will be held responsible for any insurance permits or bonds that the state may require.

Requirements:

  • The applicant must hold an Assumed Name Verification from the Secretary of State of Minnesota.
  • Full disclosure of individuals and/or business entity involved in the business.
  • The applicant must hold a signed, sealed and notarized Business License Surety Bond. A Power of Attorney Form will also be required.
  • The applicant must present a Certificate of Liability Insurance.
  • The applicant Must present a Worker’s Compensation Certification of Compliance Form.
  • The company or business entity must designate a qualifying person with the ranks of at least a Master Plumber or Restricted Master Plumber who will be responsible of all plumbing works.

Fees:

  • Application fee and examination fee of $128.
  • Base license fee of $120 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Certified Pipelayer

The duties of a Certified Pipelayer have a lot of similarities with the duties of Journeyman Plumbers. They are able to perform work on storm sewer pipes, drain and sanitary sewer pipes and water service pipes, except they are only allowed to perform these duties outside of buildings or properties. To put it simply, they are qualified to work only on the exterior plumbing systems.

Requirements:

  • The applicant must complete a training course related to pipe-laying. More information can be found here.
  • The applicant must apply for a Pipelaying Bond in the state of Minnesota before engaging in work within the state’s jurisdiction. You can apply at DLI’s official page here.

Fees:

  • $50 application fee for Pipelaying bond.
  • Base license fee of $20 + other applicable board fees for a term of 2 years. More information can be found here.

Other Plumbing-Related Licenses Being Issued in Minnesota

There are other plumbing-related licenses being issued in the state of Minnesota, and these includes Unlicensed High Pressure Pipefitters, High Pressure Pipefitter Contractors, Journeyworker High Pressure Pipefitter and Master High Pressure Pipefitter. If your trade of profession falls under these disciplines, you can learn more by browsing this page here.

Helpful Resources and Contacts:

You can learn more about plumbing licensing, codes and regulations here.

You can apply for these licenses from the state’s Department of Labor and Industry official application page here.

You can ask your questions by calling them at (651)-284-5063 or emailing them at dli.plumbing@state.mn.us.

Boiler Contractor Licenses

As with other contractor disciplines, individuals or business entities will need a license when engaging in boiler-related contractor jobs within the state of Minnesota. There are different classifications of Boiler Contractor Licenses, and depending on the individual’s training experience and/or education, they can apply to either one of them.

Boiler Contractor Classifications

Classifications of Boiler Contractors

License

Required Experience

No. of Exam Questions

License Fee (2-year term)

Application Fee

Special

N/A

50

$20

$50

Boat Master

15 hours

40

$75

$50

1-A

24 months Turbine

36 months Boiler

130

$35

$50

1-B

36 months Boiler

100

$35

$50

1-C

36 months Boiler

100

$35

$50

2-A

12 months Turbine

12 months Boiler

80

$35

$50

2-B

12 months Boiler

60

$35

$50

2-C

12 months Boiler

50

$35

$50

CH-A

60 months Boiler

24 months Turbine

140

$75

$50

CH-B

60 months Boiler

115

$75

$50

CH-C

60 months Boiler

115

$75

$50

Historical

25 hours

80

$75

$50

Click here for a more detailed information including classes of boilers involved, horse power, and more.

Helpful Resources and Contacts:

To apply for a Boiler Engineer License, click here.

Here are some useful resources/book that you can learn from.

You can call the Boiler Division under the Department of Labor and Industry at (651)-284-5031 or email them at dli.license@state.mn.us.

Lead Licensing

If and when your construction job involves lead material, a contractor will be required to hold an MDH-issued license before they can legally continue working with the said material. This is to ensure the amount of lead used in any construction work will comply with the codes and regulations of Minnesota and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Lead Worker

Applying for a Lead Worker License will require an application fee of $50 and a certificate or diploma for passing a training course. The applicant won’t be required to have experience or other lead-related credentials.

Lead Supervisor

Applying for a Lead Supervisor License will require that the applicant has at least 1 year of experience as a lead worker or 2 years in General Construction or Environmental Remediation. A year of experience in the program Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention will also qualify the applicant for Lead Supervisor. An application fee of $50 is also required.

Lead Inspector

Lead Inspector licensing does not have any education or credential requirement, but an independent exam instead where you need at least 70% to pass. An application fee of $50 is required.

Lead Risk Assessor

The Lead Risk Assessor category is one of the few disciplines related to lead that has a number of requirements. The applicant will have to provide a bachelor’s degree that involve working with lead. They must also have at least 1 year of work experience with asbestos abatement, regulated lead work and other environmental remediation program. If a bachelor’s degree is not available, an Associate’s degree in addition to 2-years experience working with lead regulation and/or asbestos abatement is acceptable. If any of the degrees mentioned are not available, 3 years of work experience is acceptable.

As per credential requirements, the applicant must provide an Industrial Hygienist Certificate, Safety Professional Certificate, Public Health Sanitarian Registration, Professional Engineer Registration and Architect Registration.

An application fee of $100 is required and applicant must pass an examination with at least 70% correct answers.

Lead Project Designer

As a Lead Project Designer, applicant must have at least 2 years of experience in lead regulation, asbestos-related work, or other environmental remediation program. If a bachelor’s degree is provided, only a year of experience in the mentioned fields is required. Otherwise, the state also qualifies an applicant with 4-years of building construction and/or design experience related to lead.

For credential requirements, an applicant must provide an Industrial Hygienist Certificate, Safety Professional Certificate, Public Health Sanitarian Registration, Professional Engineer Registration and Architect Registration.

Similar to Risk Assessors, the application fee costs $100, but will not be required to take an independent examination.

Helpful Resources and Contacts:

You can find all the information you need here.

The application form can be found here.

You can look for an already registered license here.

Minnesota Department of Health
Asbestos and Lead Compliance Unit
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

(651)-201-4620

health.asbestos-lead@state.mn.us

Asbestos Certification

It’s not only the use of lead that is regulated in construction work in the state of Minnesota, or the whole of United States for that matter. The use of asbestos in any construction work will also often require a certificate for the good of the general public. An applicant may find disciplines that require this certificate below.

Asbestos Worker

The applicant must have work experience in the field of general commercial construction trades with a minimum of 1,000 hours; OR 2 years of apprenticeship for general commercial construction trades; OR a certificate of completion with a minimum of 18 months from a Technical/Vocational Training Program that’s related to the field; OR completed the Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the related field; OR 24 months of post-secondary education that involves industrial hygiene, construction management, industrial technology safety, or physical science.

An application fee of $50 is required when requirements have been met.

Asbestos Site Supervisor

The applicant must have work experience in any asbestos-related work, including general commercial construction trades, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials control, and safety with a minimum of 2,000 hours; OR Applicant holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, life, or physical science with an additional work experience of 500 hours in related-field of work; OR Have a master’s degree in industrial hygiene or safety or environmental health; OR a completed apprenticeship program in the related-field.

There is an application fee of $50.

Asbestos Inspector

The applicant must have work experience in asbestos-related work, safety, building inspection, hazardous materials control, or industrial hygiene with a minimum of 500 hours; OR hold a bachelor degree in a related field plus 40 hours of inspection work with the supervision of an already state-certified Asbestos Inspector; OR a completed apprenticeship program in the related-field; OR Hold a state-issued building official license; OR have a certificate, registration or license in CSP, CIH, architect or PE.

The application fee is at $100.

Asbestos Management Planner

The applicant must have work experience with asbestos-related work, safety, building inspection, hazardous materials control, or industrial hygiene amounting to no less than 1000 hours; OR a bachelor degree in engineering, architecture, life or physical science plus work experience of at least 500 hours; OR hold a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, safety, or environmental health plus a work experience in the related field of 250 hours; OR hold a state-issued building official license; OR have a certificate, registration or license in CSP, CIH, architect or PE.

The application fee is at $100.

Asbestos Project Designer

The applicant must have at least 4,000 hours of work experience in any construction job that involves asbestos or activities that requires asbestos management; OR have a certificate, registration or license in CSP, CIH, architect or PE.

The application fee is at $100.

Helpful Resources and Contacts:

A more detailed information about the licensing can be found here.

You can register for an application here.

Minnesota Department of Health
Asbestos and Lead Compliance Unit
P.O. Box 64497
St. Paul, MN 55164-0497

(651)-201-4620

health.asbestos-lead@state.mn.us

Minnesota Contractors License Board

The existence of boards and councils in a state government is important. They are responsible for adopting and implementing any codes, amendments or regulations that involve licensing and registrations. Listed below are the boards and councils that you might find useful throughout your career.

Minnesota Board of Electricity

Find out more about the activities of the board by clicking here.

Plumbing Board of Minnesota

Find out more about the activities of the board by clicking here.

Minnesota Construction Codes Advisory Council

Find out more about the activities of the board by clicking here.

Minnesota Apprenticeship Advisory Board

Find out more about the activities of the board by clicking here.

You can contact the listed boards by phone: (651)-284-5912; or by email: dli.ccldboards@state.mn.us.

License Renewal

Contractor license renewal in the state of Minnesota is fairly easy. There are requirements of course, but it will mostly depend on the applicant’s profession or trade. Continue to the online renewal site here.

Applicants can get the renewal form from the official webpage here.

For any questions or inquiries, call them at (651)-284-5031 or email them at dli.license@state.mn.us.

Minnesota Contractor License Search and Lookup

If you are an applicant or a prospect client of a contractor and would like to search for a license, you can do so by clicking here.

The page will verify all that you need to know about a contractor. Information you can find here are personal and business licenses, registrations, bonds, and certifications. Simply choose a license class, discipline and classification you need to find and enter the license number, first name or last name at the search bar. Do note that the search bar does not accept any special characters, including but not limited to “*”, “$”, or “#”.

License Reciprocity

Minnesota recognizes license reciprocity, but only to a limited number of states. These are states that have the same or at least have a lot of similarities when it comes to licensing regulations.

Class A Journeyman Electrician License Reciprocity: Apply Here.

Class A Master Electrical License Reciprocity: Apply Here.

  • Iowa
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska

Journeyman and Master Plumber: Apply Here.

  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

For other inquiries or questions, you can call them at (651)-284-5031 or email them at dli.license@state.mn.us.

Biggest Cities and Their Respective Regulations

Minneapolis Licenses

Minneapolis is the biggest city in Minnesota. With an increasing population, construction jobs are getting more and more in demand. That is why the city issues construction licenses, permits and certifications of their own. Among the many licenses the city has to offer are:

You can find all the licenses that are being issued by the city of Minneapolis here.

You can contact them at:

City of Minneapolis

Licenses and Consumer Services

350 South 5th Street – Room 1

Minneapolis, MN 55415–1391

(612)-673-2080

Saint Paul Licenses

The city of Saint Paul, while recognizing state-issued licenses, have their own licenses that the city alone can provide. From animal licenses to building trade licenses, a contractor must register for a license before they are legally allowed to do construction jobs within the city.

You can find all the licenses that are being issued by city of Saint Paul here.

You can contact them at:

City of Saint Paul

Department of Safety & Inspections

375 Jackson Street, Suite 220

Saint Paul, MN 55101

(651)-266-2989

Rochester Licenses

Rochester relies heavily on the state-level regulations with few exceptions. A few licenses the city offers are:

You can find all the licenses that are being issued in the city of Rochester here.

For any questions or inquiries, you can contact them at:

City of Rochester

Office of the City Clerk

licenses@rochestermn.gov

(507)-328-2900

Duluth

The city of Duluth is one of the biggest cities in Minnesota that offers all kinds of permits and licenses. As with codes and regulations, one must register for a license before he or she can do business within the city limits.

You can find all the licenses and permits the city has to offer by clicking here.

You can contact them at:

City of Duluth

411, West First Street

Duluth, MN 55802

(218)-730-5500