New Jersey Contractor Licenses

 

You must register to be in the business of building new homes in New Jersey. You must also warrant each new home you build and provide warranty follow-up services. Registration is required do business as a home repair contractor. Plumbers, electricians and home improvement contractors are licensed in New Jersey.

Contractor License Lookup in New Jersey

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in New Jersey? To find out if a new homebuilder contractor is licensed, call 609-984-7910. To find out if a plumber is licensed in New Jersey, call (973) 504-6420. To find out if an electrician is licensed in New Jersey, call (973) 504-6410. Click here to search for a licensed plumber or electrician online. Click http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/consumeraffairs/search/searchentry.pl?searchprofession=1301 to search for a home improvement contractor. For a list of licensed asbestos contractors, call (609) 633-2159. For a list of licensed lead abatement contractors, click http://www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/code_services/xls.clc.shtml.


To register as a new home builder, get an application from:

Department of Community Affairs
Division of Codes and Standards
Bureau of Homeowner Protection
New Home Warranty Program
PO Box 805
Trenton, NJ 08625-0805
(609) 530-8800
http://www.nj.gov/dca/

The application will ask you for information about:

  • principal officers of your company
  • any bankruptcy proceedings your company has been involved in
  • any consumer fraud proceedings your company has been involved in

Registration fee: It will cost you $200 nonrefundable to register. Registration is good for two years.


Home Repair Contractor’s License

A home repair contractor is any person engaged in the business of selling goods or services pursuant to a home repair contract. Licensing is only required for individuals who offer the ability to finance the work to be done. For more information, contact:

Department of Banking and Insurance
Division of Banking
Office of Consumer Finance
P.O. Box 040
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-5340
http://www.state.nj.us/dobi/index.html

A home repair contractor must carry workmen’s compensation and public liability insurance.

Home repair contractor’s license fee: It will cost you $300 to register. Registration is good for two years.


Home Improvement Contractor’s License

A home improvement contractor is any person engaged in the business of selling goods or making home improvements. For more information, contact:

Office of the Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
Office of Consumer Protection
Regulated Business Section
124 Halsey Street, 7th Floor
P.O. Box 46016
Newark, NJ 07101
(888) 656-6225
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/HIC/

Any remodeling, altering, painting, repairing, renovating, restoring, moving, demolishing, or modernizing of a residential structure is considered home improvement work. This includes work on the following:

driveways garages
sidewalks finished basements and basement waterproofing
swimming pools fire protection devices
terraces security protection devices
patios central heating and air conditioning equipment
landscaping water softeners
fences heaters
porches purifiers
windows solar heating or water systems
doors insulation installation
cabinets roofing and siding
kitchens aluminum siding
bathrooms wall-to-wall carpeting
attached or inlaid floor coverings

Home improvement contractor’s license fee: It will cost you $90 to register. Registration is good for one year.


Asbestos Abatement

A permit is required to do asbestos abatement work in New Jersey. For an application, contact:

Department of Health and Senior Services
Division of Consumer and Environmental Health Services
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-7837
http://www.state.nj.us/health/iep/cap.shtml

You will have to pass an exam to get certified. Contact the Division for details.


Lead Abatement

A permit is required to do lead abatement work in New Jersey. For an application, contact:

Department of Health and Senior Services
Division of Consumer and Environmental Health Services
P.O. Box 360
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 984-2193
http://www.state.nj.us/health/iep/cap.shtml 

The department issues the following permits:

  • Project Planner/Designer
  • Inspector/Risk Assessor
  • Worker
  • Supervisor

Candidates for each classification must complete of a certified training course and pass an examination administered by the department.

Lead abatement permit fees: The Project Planner/Designer permit is $200, the Worker permit is $80 and the Supervisor permit is $150. All permits are good for two years.


Electrical Contractor’s License

You need a license to do electrical work in New Jersey. To apply for an electrical contractor’s license, contact:

Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
124 Halsey St., 6th Floor
P.O. Box 45006
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6410
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nonmedical/electrical.htm

The Board does require you to pass an exam to get a license. To take the exam you must be over the age of 21, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and one of the following:

  • five years experience working with tools to install, alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power
  • completion of a four-year Board-approved apprenticeship program and one year of Board-approved work experience
  • completion of 8,000 hours of experience working with tools to install, alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power and 576 hours related classroom instruction
  • a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and two years of Board-approved work experience

The Board will review your application and if you’re eligible they’ll send you information on the exam they require. Prometric gives the exam. For information on the exam or scheduling, you can contact Prometric at:

Prometric
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, MN 55108
(800) 626-0750
http://www.prometric.com/newjersey

The electrical contractor exam has three parts — one on business and law, one on the trade, and one on alarm systems. The business and law exam is open book with 50 multiple choice questions. It lasts two hours.

Electrician’s license fees: It will cost you $100 to file an application for a license. The business and law exam will cost you $50, the trade exam is $90, and the alarm systems exam is $85. All fees are nonrefundable. You’ll also have to pay $5 to rent the NEC book at the exam.

The Board issues licenses every three years. Your license will cost you $50 to $150, depending on when you get it during the three year period.

Before doing any business in New Jersey you must post a bond to the state for $1,000. You must also carry $300,000 property damage and bodily injury insurance and $300,000 combined property damage and bodily injury insurance.

Recommended Reading for the Electrical Contractor’s Exams


Business and Law Exam

New Jersey Electrical Reference Manual, Experior Assessments, 1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108

Trade Exam

NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

Alternating Current Fundamentals, Duff and Herman, Delmar Publishers, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

Direct Current Fundamentals, Loper and Tedsen, Delmar Publishers, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

Electric Motor Control, Walter N. Alerich, Delmar Publishers, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022

American Electricians Handbook, Croft/Summers, McGraw-Hill Inc., Box 543, Blacklick, OH 43004-0543

Alarm Systems Exam

NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

NFPA 72- National Fire Alarm Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269

Security, A Guide to Security System Design and Equipment Selection and Installation, Neil Cumming, Butterworth Heinemann, 225 Wildwood Ave., Woburn, MA 01801

You can get these books from:

Builders’ Book Depot
1033 East Jefferson, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434
http://www.buildersbookdepot.com/


Plumbing Contractor’s License

You need a license to do plumbing work in New Jersey. To apply for a master plumber license, contact:

Department of Law and Public Safety
Division of Consumer Affairs
Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers
124 Halsey St., 6th Floor
P.O. Box 45008
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6420
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nonmedical/plumbers.htm

The Board does require you to pass an exam to get a license. To take the exam you must be over the age of 21 and have one of the following:

  • has completed a four year apprenticeship program and one year of Board-approved work experience
  • a bachelor’s degree in mechanical, plumbing, or sanitary engineering and one year of Board-approved work experience

The Board will review your application and if you’re eligible they’ll send you information on the exam they require. Prometric gives the exam. For information on the exam or scheduling, you can contact Prometric at:

Prometric
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, MN 55108
(800) 626-0750
http://www.prometric.com/newjersey

Plumber’s license fees: It will cost you $100 nonrefundable to file an application for a license. The business and law exam will cost you $50 nonrefundable, the trade exam is $90 nonrefundable, and the practical exam is $110 nonrefundable.

The Board issues licenses every two years. Your license will cost you $80 to $160, depending on when you get it during the two-year period.

Before doing any business in New Jersey, you must post a bond to the state for $3,000.

Recommended Reading for the Plumbing Contractor’s Exams


Business and Law Exam:

New Jersey Plumber’s Reference Manual, Experior Assessments, 1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108

Trade Exam:

National Standard Plumbing Code, NAPHCC

Excavation & Grading Handbook, Nicholas E. Capachi, Craftsman Book Company, 6058 Corte del Cedro, P.O. Box 6500, Carlsbad, CA 92018 http://craftsman-book.com

The Pipefitter’s Handbook, Lindsey

Print Reading for Construction, W.C. Brown

You can get these books from:

Builders’ Book Depot
1033 East Jefferson, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(800) 284-3434
http://www.buildersbookdepot.com/


Well Driller’s License

Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Water Supply Administration
Bureau of Water Systems and Well Permitting
P.O. Box 426
Trenton, NJ 08628
(609) 984-6831
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/watersupply/advisoryboard.htm

Experience:

Master well driller- Journeyman license for two years and have a minimum of five years experience.

Journeyman well driller- Three years experience.

You will have to pass a practical examination. Exams are given in April and October and cover the following topics:

  • laws
  • health measures
  • tools and equipment
  • well testing and basic geological formations

Master and journeyman well driller’s license: The application fee is $50. A license is $75 and is good for three years.

Recommended Reading for the Water Well Driller’s Exam


Ground Water & Wells, Driscoll, Smythe Companies of Austin, Attn: Book Orders, 508 10th Street N.E., Austin, MN 55912, http://www.ngwa.org

Ground Water Hydrology for Water Well Contractors, National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

Water Well Drillers Beginning Training Manual, National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

NGWA Supervisors Safety Manual, National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

Procedures for Well Drilling Operations (CD), National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

Manual on the Selection and Installation of Thermoplastic Water Well Casing, National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

Water Well Handbook, 7th Edition, National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

Basic Water Systems: A Pump and Training Manual, National Ground Water Association, 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081, http://www.ngwa.org

ASTM Standard D1586-99, Standard Test Method for Penetration Test and Split-Barrel Sampling of Soils, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 http://www.astm.org

ASTM Standard D1587-00, Standard Practice for Thin-Walled Tube Sampling of Soils for Geotechnical Purposes, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 http://www.astm.org

ASTM Standard D5092-90, Standard Practice for Design and Installation of Ground Water Monitoring Wells in Aquifers”, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 http://www.astm.org

ASTM Standard F480-00, Standard Specification for Thermoplastic Well Casing Pipe and Couplings Made in Standard Dimension Ratios, SCH 40 and SCH 80, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428 http://www.astm.org

NJDEP Field Sampling Procedures Manual, Maps and Publications Sales Office, NJDEP, PO Box 438, Trenton, NJ 08625

Water Systems Handbook, Water Systems Council, National Programs Office, 1101 30th Street N.W., Suite 500, Washington DC, 20007, http://www.watersystemscouncil.org


Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on New Jersey Department of Transportation projects you have to be prequalified by the Department. To get an application for prequalification contact:

New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600
(609) 530-2103
Fax: (609) 530-2238
http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/

The application is available online at http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/procurement/ConstrServ/prequalrequire.shtm.

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


Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations working in New Jersey must be registered with the State. For information, contact:

Department of Treasury
Division of Revenue
Business Services
225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 292-9292
Fax: (609) 984-6851
http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/

You must have a certificate authorizing you to do business in New Jersey. The Public Records Filing for New Business Entities can be used for this purpose. The form and instructions can be found in the New Jersey Complete Registration Package.

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