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Georgia Contractor License Classifications

Just like in other US states, the state of Georgia has some requirements for contractors. Whether you are a general or residential contractor, the state will ask you to go through the established licensing process. It is the very first step towards being able to perform contractor works in the state legally.

In addition, the Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors organizes the contractor licensing process. Therefore, an applicant must submit all license application and related forms to the respective body.

Georgia Contractor License Classifications

Georgia has two main contractor license categories for contractors: general and residential. To understand what each category entails and represents, continue reading.

General Contractor License

This license does not have or call for any limitations (for example, financial) connected with the type of contractor work. Therefore, a general contractor can fix, form, model, or perform general contracting obligations on residential or commercial properties. Moreover, a contractor can choose who to contract for, what job to undertake, submit a bid or a proposal.

The license, in short, allows doing contractor work on private and private, commercial, institutional, industrial buildings/structures.

To sum up, a general contractor license makes it possible to perform any work, which requires state licensure. A general contractor license, however, does not allow performing electrical, plumbing, conditioned air, low voltage, or utility contracting. For such cases, a specialty trade license is necessary to allow this type of contractor work performed.

Limited Tier General Contractor License

This license, in short, permits all the above-mentioned rights and areas of contracting work. However, the type of allowed work has its limitations and it should not exceed $500,000.

Residential Basic Contractor License

To clarify, this license is for doing contractor work or activity in one-family and two-family homes. It is also for performing work in townhouses, which have less than three stories.

Residential Light Commercial Contractor License

To clarify, this license is for doing residential basic contractor work or activity, which relates to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures. Those structures must have no more than four stories in height and the aggregate interior floor space should not exceed 25.000 square feet.

Limited Service Specialty Contractor License

There are some contractors, who perform limited, specialty contractor work for different kinds of work. Each specialty trade license has its own requirements, duties and responsibilities, thereby allowing limited work.

To make it more clear, an individual does not necessarily have to be a licensed residential or general contractor in order to perform a specialty service. On the contrary, having only a valid permit, as well as corresponding with the legal requirements of the given specialty trade is enough. Hence, there is a need to adhere to national, state, and local codes and ordinances.

Above Ground Storage Tanks Limited-Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for performing work on bolted steel tanks and tanks erected on site.

Boiler Limited-Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for performing electrical, foundation and plumbing work for structures of less than $10.000.

Bridge Construction Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for performing carpentry, electrical lightning, pilings and foundation work.

Cell Tower Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for performing demolition, plumbing, electrical, signage, HVAC and other work.

Heavy Equipment Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for using heavy equipment and concrete burial vault installments.

Concrete Work Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for rebar, layouts, shoring and setting forms.

Environmental Remediation Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for demolition, removing hazardous materials and landfills.

Cooling Tower Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for demolitions, mechanical equipment, as well as for repairing and electrical work.

Drywall, Insulation, Studs and Acoustical Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for studs, putting new doors and windows, wood blocking and more.

Industrial Specialty Work Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for water distribution, air and gas piping to mechanical equipment, mechanical and process equipment and much more.

Outdoor Environment Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for erosion control, excavation, masonry, and fencing. It is also useful for pools, arbors, yard storm drains and related equipment.

Railroad Related Construction Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for repair service, engineering, layout and drafting contracts.

Site Work Service Specialty Contractor License

This license, in short, is for city roads, grassing, shoring, curb, gutters, lift stations, and more.

Plumbing Contractor License

If an individual wants to perform plumbing work, then a plumbing license is more than necessary. You may select to obtain one of the following types of licenses:

  • Master plumber license (Class I)
  • Journeyman plumber license
  • Master plumber license (Class II)

Class I master plumber license

To clarify, this license is for single-family homes and gives the opportunity to provide plumbing services to them.

Class II master plumber license

To clarify, this license does not have any restrictions and the licensee can provide plumbing services for any person or building.

Journeyman plumber license

To clarify, this license is for installing, repairing or fixing systems, which pertain to plumbing. The license also requires operating under the surveillance of a licensed master plumber.

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