Become A Contractor

The Board for Contractors issues licenses in one of three classes: Class A, Class B and Class C. In most cases, the type of license you should apply for is based on the value or contract price of the projects your business will be bidding on or engaged in.

The Board for Contractors’ Regulations contains information you will need to obtain your contractor’s license. The law that governs your profession is found in the Code of Virginia, as amended, in Title 54.1, Chapter 11. That law permits the Board for Contractors, through the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, to issue regulations that tell you more about what is expected of you in your profession.

Contractor licenses consist of two parts, the class of the license, which determines what, if any restrictions are placed on the size of contracts/projects that may be performed and the classification/specialty, which determines what type of work the licensed contractor is allowed to perform.

Class A contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $120,000 or more, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is $750,000 or more.

Class B contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $7,500 or more, but less than $120,000, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is $150,000 or more, but less than $750,000.

Class C contractors perform or manage construction, removal, repair, or improvements when (i) the total value referred to in a single contract or project is over $1,000 but no more than $7,500, or (ii) the total value of all such construction, removal, repair, or improvements undertaken by such person within any twelve-month period is no more than $150,000.

Application forms and additional information can be found at the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.