Forms and Downloads

Board for Licensing Contractors
Section 1. Contractor License - Application For New (Initial); Reinstatement; or Additional Licenses

In order to obtain a Contractor's license (required for projects $25,000 or more), the following is the "Application" and "Exam" information to download and print or you may call our office at 1-800-544-7693 and we will be happy to mail you an application package: 

The above items are needed to obtain a contractor's license. The forms listed below provide additional information to specific inquires. Many of these forms are included as part of the "Contractor's License Application" instructions section.

Supplemental Forms & Information

Deadline: Contractor's license applications must be received by the Board office prior to the deadline date which is the 20th of the month prior, to the Board meeting. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for mail delivery. More Board meeting information is available at the"Calendar" on the website.

Additional Licensing Resources

Types of Contractors (Prime, Subcontractors and Construction Managers)
See the "Contractor Classification Outline" to review all of the various types of contractors regulated. See also the "Contractor" section of the website and "Bidding" requirements.

NOTE: If you currently are licensed with a Tennessee Contractor's License and wish to make changes to your existing license, see the "Revision" information in "Section 3".

Section 2. Contractor - Renewal & Retirement 

For more information relative to renewals, you may contact our office by email at: Contractor.Renewal@tn.gov  -or-  Fax: (615) 532-2868 -or- Call our office at (615) 532-3985 or (615) 532-3994.

RENEWAL RESOURCES FOR CONTRACTORS

  • Online Renewal
    The "Online Renewal" process for "Contractors" currently only allows a means to pay online and answer questions on the renewal form.  It does NOT provide an option to attach required documents to complete the renewal process. Contractor licensees must mail, fax or email the outstanding required documents (proof of insurance, financial statements, and/or responses to questions requiring attachments, such as disclosures of felony, complaints, etc). Therefore, online renewals will be incomplete for these licensees until information is supplied to the Board.  Please return outstanding documents with a copy of your confirmation of online payment to assist in quickly matching up to your online renewal to complete processing by:  Email at: Contractor.Renewal@tn.gov  -or-  Fax: (615) 532-2868; or by mail.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  There is not a means to retire a license online at this time.

    To renew online, you must first set up an account and will need to have a “Indv/Org #” located on your notice of renewal.  If you cannot locate this number, you may contact the Contractors Board or the Customer Service Center (be sure to include your license number).  If you have more than one (1) license with the Department of Commerce and Insurance, you may add these to your account.  If you need more instructions or a balance sheet, it is available in the paper renewal form at: 

    https://tn.gov/assets/entities/commerce/attachments/ContractorsRenewalWeb.pdf

    Online Renewal Process
    1. Go to: https://core.tn.gov
    2. Register for an account and set password
      • You will be asked for your
        Indv/Org #, License ID#, Email, and Zip Code
      After completing the online renewal questions and paying the fee, you will have the opportunity to attach the required supporting documents as follows:
    3. Financial statement;
    4. Certificate of Insurance for General Liability;
    5. Workers’ Compensation Information (Certificate of Insurance, or Construction Service Provider exemption, unless claiming the Handyman exemption); and
    6. Corporations and LLC must provide proof of active status with the Secretary of State which is available at: https://tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/FilingSearch.aspx
    Click here to view a video demonstration on how to create an account.

    Click here to view a video demonstration on how to renew license online (after your account has been created).
  • Paper Renewal
  • Retirement

SUPPLEMENTAL RENEWAL INFORMATION

WARNING: A contractor does not have a grace period to continue to contract once the license expires. The law requires renewals to be submitted to the Board 30 days prior to the expiration date in order to prevent working on an expired license, which is considered a violation of law. Renewals submitted without all the required information to renew, cannot be issued and an extension to contract on an expired license cannot be granted. In addition, a license with a "Retired" status is not legal to operate and the same as "unlicensed".

Renewal Due Date: Contractor licenses are renewed biennially and issued for two (2) years. The expiration date is on the last date of the month, in which the license was originally issued. You may check your expiration date online at: License Search and Verification. Renewals should be submitted to the Board's office 30 days prior to the expiration date. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for mail delivery. A license cannot be renewed if has been expired for 12 months; must apply for a reinstatement utilizing the initial contractor's license application.

Renewal Process: Board office conducts an audit, which includes: 1) checking the financial statement to ensure the working capital and net worth supports the current monetary limit; 2) checking for proof of insurance and making sure coverage includes Tennessee; 3) Corporate status is confirmed; and 4) check to see that the "Contractor's Affidavit" was completed, signed and notarized. If submitting online, attesting does not require a notary.  Any renewal lacking information will be sent a letter notifying the contractor to respond within 30 days. For those not responding within 12 months of the expiration date, the renewal form is placed in archives for storage.  The Board office cannot fees in their office and must be provided to the Cashier.  Send all mail (including express and over-night) to: Department of Commerce and Insurance; 4th Floor Davy Crockett Tower, 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-1150.

Pending Renewals: Renewals received which lack the required financial supporting documentation, our staff will notify the contractor after the audit with options.  It is your responsibility to follow-up to ensure the renewal has been issued.  For more clarification to these options or access to the forms needed to complete the renewal, go to: "Renewal-Financial Options". In order for Contractors to retain renewal rights, they must respond in writing with the required information within 12 months of expiration date or place license in"Retirement".  Always allow 30 days for processing!

Section 3. Contractor Revisions Amendments/Changes To Existing License

LICENSE REVISION REQUESTS (Most Require Board Review - Deadline date to provide to the Board office is the last day of the month prior to the next Board meeting)

  1. Add Classification Request Form (Add classifications onto existing license)
  2. Increase Monetary Limit (Raise limit on license)
  3. Mode of Operation Change - Transfer
  4. Name Change Application (Change name on license)
  5. Qualifying Agent (QA) Add / Change Request (Add or remove a Qualifying Agent)

OTHER - LICENSE CHANGES/UPDATES - SUPPLEMENTAL FORMS & INFORMATION

Deadline Date for License Revision Requests:

Last day of the month prior to the next Board meeting (requests requiring Board approval). See "Public Meetings Calendar" for dates.

Board Approval required for the following revisions: Adding a Classification; Increase Monetary Limit; Name Change; and Mode of Operation Change (transfers). An interview is not required, unless, there are complaints or felony convictions.

These four (4) types of license revision requests must be approved by the Board at their regularly scheduled meetings. Staff must receive in the Board office prior to the deadline date (last day of the month prior to the Board meeting) in order to have in time to process (review, audit, copy for members, add to meeting books, etc.). Please allow 5 to 7 days for mail delivery when submitting prior to the deadline date. Those needing a license revised prior to the Board's next meeting may qualify as a "Hardship" (request for early/emergency review) if the owner of the project needs and supplies the request.

Section 4. BC-A/R Limited Residential Restricted License - *$125,000 Limit Or Less

A contractor may obtain a limited residential restricted (BC-A/r) contractor's license, up to $125,000 without passing license exams, by taking a course approved by the Board with one of the following state community colleges listed below.  All other licensing requirements, with the exception of the exams, must be met, which includes a reviewed financial statement prepared by a CPA; proof of insurance; list of experience; and a reference from a past client, employer or codes official.   In addition, an interview with the Board is required. This restricted license does NOT allow exceeding the monetary limit; there is not a 10% tolerance; cannot joint venture with other contractors to combine monetary limits; and cannot split contracts into phases to circumvent the law.  The total cost of the project includes land, materials, labor, as well as profit.  Therefore, a limited licensee cannot perform projects larger than the monetary limit placed on their license.  Upon receipt of the completed application, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the Board at their next regularly scheduled Board meeting (see Public Meetings Calendar). 

Rule increased from *$70,000 to $125,000, effective 2/20/2014 to allow contractors to apply for a license up to this amount.  BC-A/r contractors may apply for an increase to their license limit by completing the Increase Request revision form and supplying the required reviewed financial statement, prepared by a CPA, that supports the amount requested and list of experience (all instructions are included in the revision form).  Upon receipt of the increase request, it will be presented to the next regularly scheduled Board meeting; no interview is required for revison requests. To obtain an increase more than $125,000, this would require passing the exams.  Do NOT exceed monetary limit on license prior to obtaining approval and a revised license by the Board.  
 

BC-A/r Providers

Nashville State Community College
Jack Wallace - (615) 353-3333

Chattanooga State Community College
Brenda Ingram - (423) 697-3100

Pellissippi State Community College
Angela Branson - (865) 694-6400

Section 5. Home Improvement/Limited Licensed Electricians & Plumbers

Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE) Projects less than $25,000

Limited License Plumber (LLP) Projects less than $25,000

Home Improvement License Projects $3,000 to $24,999

Medical Gas

License Resources

Section 6. Consumer and Public Requests
  • Complaint Filing
  • Request for Copies of Insurance or Home Improvement License Bond
  • Request for Public Record Files
    • Requests for public records from the Board's office may include: 1) License files; 2) Complaint files (does not include Legal case complaint files); 3) Documents from License files, such as: Certificate of Insurance (Contractors and Home Improvement); Surety Bond or IRLOC (Home Improvement); License Application, Renewal Forms, Revision Requests (Contractors and Home Improvement); etc.,
    • Confidential Records - Financial statements and indemnities are not considered public records. .
    • Documents with social security numbers are redacted

Deadline Dates:

Contractor's License - Must be received by the 20th of the month prior to the Board meeting. This includes new, reinstatements, second or additional license requests, and mergers/reorganziations applicants for a new contractor's license to be issued.

Renewals - Due 30 days prior to the expiration date (to prevent working on an expired license). If fee is submitted prior to the expiration, your renewal status will remain active, however, you cannot contract or perform work where a license is required, until the expiration date is updated showing the license was approved and issued. Licenses with a delinquent status are typically those who owe a late fee.

Contractor Revisions - Contractor's requests to revise or upgrade their license are due by the last day of the month prior to the Board meeting. If Board meets in January, the deadline would be December 31st. Revision requests for Board approval include: Add Classifications; Increase Monetary Limit; Change Mode of Operation; and Name Changes.

Home Improvement Licenses- Must be received by the 20th of the month prior to the Board meeting to ensure it is reviewed at the next meeting.

The only applications with a deadline for receipt, are those which require Board approval and are presented at their regular meetings listed on the "Public Meetings Calendar". "Contractors" and "Home Improvement" are the only license applicants requiring Board approval, unless, there have been complaints, felony convictions; or reinstatements of LLE or LLP to waive the exam. Pre-License Exam Course Provider applications are also approved by the Board. A personal interview is not required unless notified to appear.

A deadline date is required due to the timely review process it takes by staff to ensure the file is in correct order and complete to present at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. (Rule 0680-1-.02) Those who cannot make the deadline or need the license prior to the next Board meeting, may provide a "Hardship" request if it meets the criteria as a hardship to an owner/consumer.