Are you interested in getting your contractor’s license in Utah? Whether you’re a general contractor, handyman, or an electrician, this guide will walk you through every step of the process.
If you've tried to get your contractor's license in Utah before, you know it's an involved process. From the pre-license courses to the contractor's exam, there's a lot to figure out. Unlike other states, acquiring your contractor's license in Utah is a bit more complicated, so it's essential to know exactly what steps you need to take to get the license you need.
Don't stress; we've done all the research for you and put it into this helpful guide! That's right. Everything you need to know about getting your contractor's license in Utah is right here in this guide.
On that note, let's get started.
Getting your contractor's license is especially important in Utah for many reasons. The leading reason is that it's a Class A misdemeanor to not have a current contractor's license. In other words, if you operate without a license, you'll be subject to fees and penalties. And no one wants that.
Another reason to get your contractor's license is that it's great for business. Clients want to work with contractors they can trust—and that is skilled enough to meet the state's licensure requirements.
The state of Utah defines a general contractor as, "qualified by education, training, experience, and knowledge to perform or superintend construction of structures for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind or any [...] up to four units may perform the mechanical work and hire a licensed plumber or electrician as an employee."
So who needs a license? Utah Code 58-55-301 goes on to say, "A person engaged in the construction trades licensed under this chapter, as a contractor regulated under this chapter, as an alarm business or company, or as an alarm company agent, shall become licensed under this chapter before engaging in that trade or contracting activity in this state unless specifically exempted from licensure under Section 58-1-307 or 58-55-305.
Essentially, anyone who wants to do repairs, construction, alteration, or demolition of any kind of building will need a license.
The State of Utah recognizes 23 types of contractors, including:
For the full list of contractor types, refer to Utah Code 58-55-301 on the Utah State Legislature website.
Before you can start applying for your contractor’s license, you need to verify that you meet all the requirements. Let's take a look at them in detail.
If you have employees, there are a few additional requirements to meet:
You may need to show proof of business insurance to get your license.
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In addition to the requirements, there are a few other components to the application process you need to know. Let's take a look at each in more detail.
The UT B-100 General Building Contractor exam:
The UTAH Construction Business and Law exam:
The Utah contractor's license application is on the pricier side. Below is a breakdown of the fees required for every application:
The Utah contractor’s application has quite a few components to it. You'll be asked to provide basic information like your legal business name, address, and phone number. You'll also have to provide information like a financial responsibility statement, affidavit of experience, proof of general liability insurance, and more.
To make the application process as smooth as possible, make sure you collect each required item before you go to apply. That way, you know you have all the necessary documents to submit a complete application.
If you have more questions about contractor licensing, the process, or the requirements, leave a comment below! We're happy to assist. Don't forget to request an insurance quote so you can be sure you're getting the right coverage at the right price.
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