South Carolina Contractors' Licensing Board
Determining if a License is Required and What Type
Please read the following information to determine if a contractor's license is required by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
*General and Mechanical Contractors License *
· A General or Mechanical Contractors license is required for anyone performing “commercial” construction over $5000 in the regulated classifications listed in Title 40, Chapter 11, Section 40-11-410, An Act to Regulate the Practice of General and Mechanical Contracting in S.C.
To be eligible to obtain the license, you must pass a technical exam (when required), a business management/law exam and be able to document 2 years of experience within the last 5 years for the classification(s) of work in which you are applying.
Please see How to Apply for a License for additional documentation needed for licensure.
*South Carolina Residential Builders Commission*
For single and two family residences and apartment buildings up to 16 units and three stories in height, licenses and registrations are required for certain trades.
All residential licenses require passing an examination and include:
* Electrical; and,
Registrations do not require passing an examination and include.
* Vinyl / Aluminum Siding;
* Floor Covering;
* Masonry / Concrete;
* Carpentry; and,
For further information concerning residential licenses and registrations, call 803 896 4696 or go to: www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/ResidentialBuilders.
*Municipal Association of South Carolina*
The Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) is a trade certification program - not a licensing agency of the State. MASC offers various trade certifications in the construction industry. The MASC trade certification cards do not serve as a license to perform any type of construction for residential work over $200 or for commercial work over $5000. Contact (803) 799-9574 for information.
If you passed the Master Plumber or Master Electrician exam through the MASC after January 1, 1990, you will not be required to take a technical or business management/law examination to obtain a South Carolina Mechanical Contractors License. See How to Apply for a License, "Applying for a License Through Reciprocity".
Please also refer to An Act to Regulate the Practice of General and Mechanical Contracting in S.C., Section 40-11-410, to determine what type of work requires licensure. Also, see Deregulated and Exempt Classifications of Work(pdf)