Overview & Benefits
Obtaining a Contractor's License in Illinois
Are you trying to get your contractor’s license in Illinois? If so, you might be overwhelmed by how much work is to come. There’s a lot that goes into the process. Even when you do your research, it’s hard to find the right answers when there’s so much information online.
That’s why we’ve compiled everything you need to know about obtaining your contractor’s license in Illinois in this guide. Here, we’ll go over the requirements and everything else you need to know to get licensed!
If you need specific guidance, contact Contractor Training Center today! We will help you figure out exactly what you need to do to get your license.
In Illinois, you do not need a general contractor’s license at the state level. However, this does not mean you can get away with not having a license.
Your city or county will require you to have your general contractor’s license. Exact requirements vary depending on where you live. Be sure to check with your local governing body to know what is expected of you.
What If You’re a Roofer or Plumber? While the state does not regulate general contractor’s licenses, it does regulate permits for roofing and plumbing. If you’re a roofer or plumber, you must get your license through the state.
The Benefits of Having a Contractor’s License in Illinois
It might seem like you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get your license. You have to figure out how to apply, pass exams, pay fees, etc.
This is enough to deter some contractors from applying at all. They might think they can get away with not having their license.
However, it’s in your best interest to get your license. Some of the most compelling reasons to do so include:
It’s the Law
As we’ve already mentioned, your city or county will require you to have your general contractor’s license. And, if you’re a roofer or plumber, you will have to get your permit through the state.
If you fail to comply with local and state laws, you may face legal repercussions.
It Builds Your Credibility
Getting your license doesn’t just ensure you comply with the law; it also builds your credibility.
Before hiring you, clients will likely check your credentials. They’ll want to make sure you know you have experience and the necessary certification. If they see that you don’t have your license, they won’t want to hire you.
A license shows that you are professional and responsible. So, when clients see that you have yours, they will be eager to hire you.
It Opens Doors
New contractors start by taking on smaller projects. This helps them gain experience and build a name for themselves.
Once you have your license, you’ll be able to take on bigger projects. Clients will love that you can offer more services. Plus, bigger projects translate to more pay.
It Protects Your Business
Most licenses require you to get coverage like general liability insurance, workers’ compensation, etc. Even though coverage like this is good to have, you might not have sought it out had it not been required of you.
By getting your license, you are protecting your business. You’ll be covered if your equipment is damaged, an employee becomes injured, etc.