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Read the 2014 Legislative Update for the Board for Licensing Contractors here. [pdf]

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A Tennessee contractor's license is required first prior to bidding, contracting or offering a price to perform work! (...more info)

Contractor's license is required for projects $25,000 or more, when acting as one of the following: 

  • Prime Contractor - Bidding or contracting directly with the “owner” of the project for all types of classifications;
  • Subcontractors – Contracting directly with any contractor (not to the owner) to perform the following:
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, HVAC, and *Roofing;
    • Masonry subs for projects $100,000 and up (includes all materials, equipment, and labor).
  • Construction Management – When the value of the project is $25,000 or more.

See "Licensee/Applicant Resources" section for other license requirements, including those for projects less than $25,000 for Home ImprovementElectricalHVAC and Plumbing or FAQs.

*Roofing subcontractors must be licensed as a contractor, effective January 1, 2014, in addition to performing work currently as a prime.


  • 2014 Updates
    • Roofing Subcontractors - Effective January 1, 2014, roofing "subcontractors" must be licensed as a contractor for projects $25,000 or more.
    • Bidding Procedures - Effective July 1, 2014
    • License Name - Effective February 24, 2014 - Cannot obtain a license in a similar name of another licensee.
    • Rules - Revised (Eff. 2/20/2014)
  • 2013 Updates
    • 2013 Legislation - Important changes relative to roofing subcontractors; exceeding monetary limit violations affects liens; and subs payment; six month hold; employee misclassification penalties and proposed rules.
  • 2012 Updates