License Requirements

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.