Pennsylvania Contractor Licenses

Construction Contractors are not licensed in Pennsylvania. However the Department of Transportation has certain requirements for public works contractors.

You will need a certificate or license to perform asbestos abatement work in Pennsylvania.


Asbestos

An individual or firm needs certification if he is involved in any asbestos abatement activity where there is asbestos-containing friable material.

Department of Labor and Industry
PO Box 60246
Harrisburg, PA 17106
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/site/default.asp

Certification Fees:

Worker – $ 25.00
Supervisor – $ 50.00
Project Designer – $150.00
Building Inspector – $150.00
Management Planner – $150.00
Contractor (Individual) – $250.00


Lead

An individual or firm needs certification if he is involved in any lead abatement activity.

Department of Labor and Industry
PO Box 60246
Harrisburg, PA 17106
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/site/default.asp

You will need to take a course and obtain a training certificate. The training certificate is valid for three years.

Certification fees vary depending on expiration of your training certificate.

If there are less than six months until expiration of your certificate, fees will be as follows:

  • Worker – $ 25.00
  • Supervisor – $ 37.50
  • Project Designer – $100.00
  • Building Inspector – $100.00
  • Risk Assessor – $100.00

If there are more than six months until expiration of your certificate, fees will be as follows:

  • Worker – $ 50.00
  • Supervisor – $ 75.00
  • Project Designer – $200.00
  • Building Inspector – $200.00
  • Risk Assessor – $200.00

Public Works

To bid on public works projects in Pennsylvania you need to get your name on the Department of General Services Contractors List. To do this, ask for a Contractor’s Questionnaire form from:

Department of General Services
18th and Herr Streets, Room 103
Harrisburg, PA 17125
(717) 783-7610
http://www.dgs.state.pa.us/

The form is available online at http://www.dgs.state.pa.us/dgs/cwp/view.asp?a=3&Q=115174.

The questionnaire will ask you about what types of work you want to do, the value of projects you may bid on, minority status of your business, and which counties of Pennsylvania you want to work in.

You’ll need to pay $75 to file the questionnaire. It’s good for one year.


Department of Transportation (DOT)

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

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Prequalification Office
Forum Place, 7th Floor
555 Walnut St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101-1900
(717) 787-7032
http://www.dot.state.pa.us/

The application requests information about your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. The Department will also check if you have any tax liabilities, suspensions from any state agency, or deficient performance on any previous state contract.

You’ll also be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Earthwork:

  • Clearing, grubbing
  • Excavating, grading
  • Building demolition

Base course:

  • P.C.C. base course
  • Flexible base course

Pavement:

  • Bituminous
  • Bituminous patching, manual repair
  • Rigid pavement
  • Rigid patching, repair

Incidental construction:

  • Drainage, water main, storm sewer
  • Curbs, sidewalks, inlets, manholes
  • Guide rail, steel median barrier, fences
  • Slabjacking, subsealing

Roadside development:

Traffic accommodations, control:

  • Pavement markings
  • Sign placement
  • Highway/sign lighting, signal control
  • Sign structures

Structures:

  • Cement concrete structures
  • Repair, rehabilitation of structures
  • Erection
  • Pile driving
  • Metal plate, concrete box culverts, short span bridges
  • Modified concrete deck overlays
  • Bridge removal
  • Steeling painting

Miscellaneous:

Prequalification is good for 18 months from the date of the balance sheet you send in with your prequalification application.


Out of State Corporations

Corporations formed in other states must apply to the Corporation Bureau for a Certificate of Authority to do business in Pennsylvania.

Department of State
Corporation Bureau
Commonwealth Avenue & North Street
308 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-1057
http://www.dos.state.pa.us/dos/site/default.asp

To access the Certificate of Authority application online, click here.

There will be a $250 filing fee for the Certificate of Authority.

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