Board of Contractors

State Licensing

Classifications

  1. Building contractors in Virginia are required to possess A, B, or C Class Contractor’s Licenses issued by the Commonwealth. The licensing restrictions provide a minimum standard meant to protect consumers, and DPOR of Virginia should be one of the first calls you make when researching your contractor. 


  1. BulletC-Licensees are restricted to performing contracted work under $7,500.

  2. BulletB-Licensees are limited to contracts under $120,000; and A-Licensees are can build just about anything.  B & A Licensees are required to pass exams regarding their technical construction knowledge and business knowledge. B-Licensees must also prove a net worth of at least $15,000. 

  3. BulletA-Licensees do not have restrictions on the value of residential contract, and must pass advanced exams of building code knowledge & business knowledge, and must prove a minimum net worth $45,000. Specialty contractors, such as plumbers, HVAC, electricians, etc., have additional licensing requirements specific to their trades.

The Commonwealth maintains a fund to reimburse homeowners who experience improper construction, or who have been cheated at the hands of licensees, but only within the guidelines of the license restrictions. For example:  Obviously, B & C-Licensees have no business building homes; but some of the unscrupulous will offer to break a contract into several smaller contracts.  This can’t be done without the homeowner’s knowledge,  and the Commonwealth will not want to refund a homeowner who participated in such an illegal activity in order to save money.

Of course, it is more expensive to hire a properly licensed and insured contractor to do the work - the licensing standards are expensive to comply with, and the insurance can cost as much as 10% of the total payroll of the company.  But, like the insurance, the licensing restrictions are meant to protect the consumer from disaster.

Contractor Licensing oversight is a function of The Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation in Richmond, VA. You can call them to check licensing status on their website:  http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/

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