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Obtaining a Contractor's License in Kentucky

Applying for your Kentucky contractor's license is a big step forward when working in the building industry. It opens a door filled with possibilities and will allow you to take your contracting business to the next level.  

In KY, any plumbing, elevator, electrical, and HVAC contractor needs to be licensed in the state of Kentucky. This type of license is offered at the state level, while the city/county governs general contractor licenses.  

The process of obtaining a license can be overwhelming and daunting. You want to be sure you fill out the right forms, apply for the correct license, and prepare for the exam by using the right prep materials and practice exams. 

At Contractor Training Center, we assist you in obtaining your license every step of the way. Our goal is to teach you everything you need to know so you can pass the exam with flying colors!

There are a few requirements that must be met before you can perform work in Kentucky. If you work in any of the following industries, you must have a license issued by the state: 

  • Fire protection
  • Electrical
  • Elevator
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Boilers  

Any contractor offering the above services needs to be licensed. Electricians need to be certified by the state of KY as well as locally licensed. These types of contractors are required to take and pass an exam before applying for the license.  

If interested in a general contractor's license, check out your city/county's specific regulations. General contractors undergo a different process than electrical, HVAC, or plumbing contractors.

Why You Should Get a Contractor's License in Kentucky

There are so many reasons to obtain a license in the state of Kentucky. If we had to narrow down the benefits of having a KY contractors license to the top 3, we would choose the following: 

  1. Makes you and your business look credible  
  2. Helps you score more jobs with higher pay  
  3. Works as a safeguard for your business and employees  
Gives You Credibility

A license will improve your credibility among clients. More people are willing to give work to a licensed contractor than a handyman. Nowadays, clients are cautious in hiring someone who doesn't have the necessary training and certifications. Save yourself the trouble and get licensed!

Helps you score more jobs with higher pay  

Having a license will increase your earning potential. It will open doors to larger projects with higher revenues. Not to mention that you cannot perform any electrical, HVAC, elevator, or plumbing jobs without a license. Having one mitigates any legal trouble.

It is essential, especially if you have employees on board. Taking precautions is so necessary since you never know what could happen. A license means you'll carry general liability and insurance like worker's compensation in the case of an injury, accident, or loss. 

If you're serious about being a reliable contractor, get started on this exciting process. Reach out to us to learn more about what steps to take to earn your license in the state of Kentucky.

What to Expect

Get a strong start in building your career

At Contractor Training Center, you can expect nothing less than quality results. We are here to answer any questions you have about your specific needs and look forward to guiding you through this entire process. 

Requirements vary depending on the type of permit you need and the county you live in. Consider the jurisdiction you wish to conduct work in and contact them for more information on exam requirements for licensure.  

A typical exam is the "231 Kentucky Business and Law," and if you're required to take it, we offer everything you need to pass with flying colors. We offer a preparation course, reference materials, and a practice exam. A one-stop-shop, look no further than our services!

Exam Preparation

What you'll need to prepare for the exam

A significant first step to preparing for the contractor's exam is getting in touch with Contractor Training Center. We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding this tedious process. If you're preparing for an exam, our instructors are ready to teach you everything you need to know! Through the use of prep materials and practice exams, we get you one step closer to obtaining your license.  

Decide What Type Of License Your Business Needs

The very first step is deciding what type of license you need for your business. This could be an electrical, elevator, HVAC, plumbing, or general contractor's license. 

The steps differ depending on which license you need. Below we will outline the appropriate measures you need to take depending on your line of work. 

All licenses require an application. Necessary forms can are on the Kentucky Department of Housing, Building, and Construction's website. Here is a brief breakdown of each license to get you started:

Electrical License

For an electrical contractor license, submit a completed application that includes the following: 

  • Copy of your passing test results 
  • Copy of a notarized letter from the person you've worked under (employer, electrical inspector, etc.) that proves you have experience. Make sure the letter describes the work you've done.
  • Application fee (nonrefundable)
  • Passport size photo in color
  • Copy of your birth certificate or driver's license 
  • Mail your completed application to: 

    Public Protection Cabinet
    Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
    Electrical Division
    101 Sea. Hero Road, Suite 100
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412

Elevator License

To obtain your elevator contractor license, you will need to fill out the application form and attach the following: 

  • Proof of liability insurance
  • A letter that explains your work experience
  • Information about your business including the number of employees you have
  • Information on the mechanic you work with including their license number
  • Criminal background check
  • Application fee 
  • You will need to send your completed application to: 

    Public Protection Cabinet
    Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
    Division of Building Codes Enforcement Elevator Section
    101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412

HVAC License

The process of obtaining your HVAC license is similar to the elevator license process. Fill out the application form and include the following:

  • Proof of business liability insurance
  • Information on your work experience
  • Application fee 
  • Send the completed application fee to: 

    Public Protection Cabinet
    Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
    Division of HVAC
    101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412

Plumbing License

If you are interested in becoming a licensed plumber in the state of Kentucky, fill out the application, and attach the following: 

  • Information on work experience
  • Application fee
  • Exam fee of $150 
  • Once completed, mail the application to: 

    Public Protection Cabinet
    Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
    Division of Plumbing
    101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-5412 

It's essential to read the application carefully and attach all necessary documents. If not, you will only double the time it takes to obtain your permit. Your request will be denied, and you'll need to re-submit everything with the appropriate forms.

License Requirements

Steps to obtaining your license

The process of obtaining a license in KY is different when compared to other states. Kentucky requires all electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and elevator contractors to have a permit before conducting any work. This is not optional. 

However, for a general contractor's license, the process is different. The measures you need to take depend on the county/city you plan on performing work in. Either way, having a license makes you more credible in the eyes of your clients and increases your earning potential. 

Ready to obtain your license? Follow these steps, and you'll have it in no time!

If you are a general contractor, the process of obtaining your license depends on the city and county you live in. Keep in mind that every city handles this process a bit differently when it comes down to a general license. For the most part, the steps are the same. The differences fall under the forms you need to attach along with your application. It also depends on whether or not you're required to take and pass an examination.  

Many jurisdictions also require you to show proof of experience and undergo training before becoming licensed.  

We've outlined the necessary steps below:  

1. Decide on the type of license you need

Yes, you need a general contractor's license; however, many counties need you to be more specific. You're probably already familiar with the different times and can pin-point precisely the type of license you're hoping to get. 

For instance, do you need a Building A, Building B, or specialty license? The process varies depending on the type of building permit you need to carry out work on someone else's property.  

2. Complete the Application  

Fill out the application form and include all the necessary documents. This may include information about your business, the application fee, certificate of insurance, proof of workers comp and general liability insurance, etc. 

The forms that need to be attached are different in every county, so be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions at all on the application, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. 

3. Submit Application 

Finally, you'll want to submit your application to the corresponding department. This information will be on the form. In a few weeks, you will receive a letter with information on whether you've been approved or not. If you haven't, the letter will include what measures you can take going forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the licensing process

Which Exam Should You Take?

Depending on the type of license you need, and where you live, you may be required to take an examination such as the "Kentucky Business and Law Exam." Requirements vary from county to county. To know the exact exam, you need to take, contact the jurisdiction where you plan on conducting work.  

For most contractors, reading the "Kentucky Contractors Business and Law Reference Manual" is a good starting point. At Contractor Training Center we help guide you through the preparation process to ensure you pass the first time around! Get in touch with us today to learn more.

Is it required to have experience, education, or pass an exam to have a contractor's license in KY?

You need to check-in with your local county and municipality regulations for this. Every city is different in terms of requirements to get licensed.

Does KY require contractor continued education?

Like we previously mentioned, this depends on the county you live in. Check with your local regulations regarding this.

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license acceptable in KY?

No, it is not accepted.

How do I register my construction company in KY?

You can register your company with the

Kentucky Secretary of State
700 Capital Avenue Suite 152, State Capitol
Frankfort, KY 40601 


Phone number: 502-564-3490

What books do I need, and where can i get them?

You will need to prepare for the exam using the "Kentucky Contractors Business and Law Reference Manual."You can order this book right here from our site.

How do I know my KY company name is available to register?

If you're set on a company name, you must make sure it's available. Use the entity search tool on the state website to see if it's possible.

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