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    NEW!  Effective January 1, 2014, Roofing "Subcontractors" must be licensed.  See PC 355

    License Renewals



    Licensees may renew the following licenses online: Limited Licensed Electricians; and Limited Licensed Plumbers! In addition, the paper renewal may be printed from the "Forms and Downloads" Always allow 30 days for processing! 


    • "PARTIAL" ONLINE RENEWALS (Contractor and Home Imp)

    Contractor and Home Improvement Contractors may partially renew by making the renewal payment and responding to the renewal questions.  However, outstanding requirements such as the financial statement, proof of insurance, bonds, etc., cannot be uploaded and must be sent by mail, fax or email in order to complete the renewal process. Licensees will continue to be sent a renewal 90 days prior to expiration date.  Always allow 30 days for processing!


    You may continue to utilize the Board's renewal form or financial balance sheet from the "Forms and Downloads" or see the "Contractor or Home Improvement or Limited Licensed Electrician or Limited Licensed Plumber for direct links to paper renewals.  Always allow 30 days for processing!



    License Requirements

    A Tennessee contractor's license is required first prior to bidding, contracting or offering a price to perform work! (...more info)

    A 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;
    • Subcontractor – 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 below for other license requirements, including those for projects less than $25,000 for Home Improvement; Electrical; HVAC and Plumbing or FAQ's.

    *Roofing subcontractors must be licensed as a contractor, effective January 1, 2014, in addition to performing work currently as a prime.


    2013 Legislative Changes

    • Liens - PC 469: A contractor exceeding their monetary limit designated on their license by more than 10%, does not have the right to secure a lien.  This includes both commercial and residential projects.  (Eff. 7/1/2013).
    • Roofing Subcontractors PC 355:  Roofing subcontractors required to be licensed as a contractor. (Eff. 1/1/2014)

    See more updates at "Laws and Rules"


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Licensee/Applicant Resources




Carolyn Lazenby, Executive Director
Carolyn Lazenby,
Executive Director



Contact Info


Board for Licensing Contractors

4th Floor, Davy Crockett Tower

500 James Robertson Pkwy.

Nashville, TN 37243-1150


Email Us


Office: 615-741-8307

Toll Free: 800-544-7693

Fax: 615-532-2868


Cashier's Office

500 James Robertson Pkwy

11th Floor

(Unable to accept credit or debit cards, except for "Online Renewals")



NOTE:  The Board office is now located on the 4th Floor of the Davy Crockett Tower, located on 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN  37243.

(Eff. May 8, 2013)



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The mission of the Board for Licensing Contractors is to assure quality and fair construction practices exist in all phases of the industry in order to protect the safety and welfare of the public. The Board was originally established in 1931, and today remains a bridge between the consumers and contractors of Tennessee. Licensing offers the consumers a mechanism to voice their concerns.