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Electrical Contractor Licensing in Idaho

Any person or business performing electrical work in the State of Idaho is required to hold a license.  Licenses are issued by the Idaho Division of Building Safety.  The Division ensures that anyone performing or offering to perform electrical work within the state is both capable and qualified.

As part of the licensing process, contractors are required to meet the Division’s requirements for age, education and work experience; and employ or work under the employment of an experienced individual.  Additionally, contractors are required to (more…)

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Reciprocal General Contractor Licensing in Idaho

The State of Idaho does not have reciprocity for General Contractors licensed in other states.  This is because the licensing and permitting of General Contractors in Idaho is handled at the local-level rather than the state-level.

Out-of-state contractors who want to work on construction projects in the State of Idaho must check the local laws and ordinances of the city, county or town where they plan to conduct business.  In most cases, contractors are required to obtain a trade license or building permit.  Some cities also require a qualifying exam or construction plan-review.

*Out-of-state contractors who want to work on projects owned by the State must (more…)

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Idaho General Contractor Regulations – By City

General Contractors are not regulated at the state-level in Idaho.  The only contractors who are required to obtain a license from the State of Idaho are those performing electrical, plumbing, HVAC, public works and manufactured housing work.  All other private sector commercial and residential contractors are regulated on the local-level.  Before a General Contractor begins work on a construction project, it is important that they check with their local city or county rules and ordinances.

Some cities in the State of Idaho require General Contractors to obtain a license and pass a qualifying examination.  Others have work experience requirements.  Some cities simply require contractors to submit project plans and obtain the proper building permits for their work.  Below are the licensing and permit requirements for some of the larger cities in the State of Idaho. (more…)