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2024 Vermont General Contractor License Requirements

Find the Vermont general contractor licensing requirements for 2024 and let Houzz Pro help you navigate the confusing waters of becoming a general contractor.

Allison Monea

Are you looking to get a Vermont contractor license in 2024? If so, we'll provide an overview of the steps you need to take  in order to ensure that you have all of the required documents and licenses to become a certified Vermont general contractor in 2024.

Who Needs a Vermont Contractor’s License?

Unlike some other states, Vermont does not issue an overall general contractor's license. However, certain specialty trades such as electrical and plumbing contractors are obliged to fulfill specific licensing prerequisites. 

How To Get An Electrical Licensing in Vermont 

Becoming an electrical contractor in Vermont involves a comprehensive process overseen by the Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety. To obtain a master-level electrician license, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Meet The Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a Vermont electrical journeyman license for a minimum of two years.
  • Alternatively, showcase a master-level license from Maine or New Hampshire for reciprocity.
  • If you possess a master-level license from another state, consider applying for a universal reciprocity license by presenting a certified letter from the issuing state.

2. Gather Documentation 

During the application process for an electrical license, collate essential documents and information, including:

  • Legal identification particulars.
  • Pertinent employment details.
  • References validating your qualifications.
  • Educational background information.
  • Record of experience.

3.. Complete Affidavits and Compliance Questions:

Complete the Affidavit of Applicant, ensuring that your application is both signed and notarized. Additionally, address any compliance inquiries related to your background and child support. Your employer also plays a pivotal role in this process. They are required to fulfill an Employer Affidavit of Experience, validating and confirming your work experience.

4. Submit Your Application

Compile all the necessary documents and information and submit your application to the Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety along with a $150  application fee,valid for three years.

How To Get Plumbing Licensing in Vermont 

If you're interested in pursuing a plumbing license in Vermont, the Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety oversees the regulation of all plumbing licenses in the state. And before starting the process, it's crucial to note that all plumbing work in Vermont must be carried out under the supervision of a master plumber. With this in mind, here's a step-by-step guide on how to obtain a master plumbing license:

1. Meet The Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Hold a Vermont journeyman license for 12 months minimum.
  • Possess an out-of-state journeyman license for 12 months, with schooling and experience proof.
  • Have an out-of-state license matching Vermont's master license, supported by education and experience evidence.

2.  Gather Documentation

As part of your application for a plumbing license, gather the required documents and information: 

  • Legal identification details.
  •  Employment information relevant to licensing requirements. 
  • References that verify your qualifications. 
  • Information about your education and experience.

3. Complete Affidavits

Fill out the Affidavit of Applicant, including a signed and notarized application. Address compliance inquiries about your background and child support. Your employer will also play a role in the process. They will need to complete an Employer Affidavit of Experience, confirming your work experience.

4. Submit Application

Compile all the necessary documents and information and submit your application to the Department of Public Safety Division of Fire Safety along with a $120 application fee

How To Get a Vermont Contractor’s License At The Local Level

It's important to note that some local cities and counties have their own specific licensing requirements. Let's take a look at some of the most populated cities in Vermont and their contractor licensing requirements.

Burlington, VT

In Burlington, contractors don't have any specific hoops to jump through for licensing. The city of Burlington does have a permit portal where applicants can apply for a permit online, making the process convenient and streamlined.

South Burlington, VT

In South Burlington, contractors aren't required to carry any special city-issued licenses. Instead, all permit applications go through the South Burlington Fire Department. This department oversees the permitting process and ensures that all construction work meets the necessary safety standards.

Rutland, VT

Rutland doesn't have clearly laid out building permit requirements on their website. To get accurate and up-to-date information, it's best to contact the Rutland Building Department directly. They will be able to provide you with the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining a contractor's license in Rutland.

Penalties for Unlicensed Contractors in Vermont

When it comes to penalties for unlicensed contractors in Vermont, it's important to note that they are handled on a local basis. Each city or county in Vermont may have its own regulations and enforcement measures in place. However, there are some general penalties that unlicensed contractors may face. If you perform electrical or plumbing work without the proper license in Vermont, you could be subject to fines.

Leveraging your license on Houzz

Now that you know how to get a Vermont contractor’s license, it’s time to start thinking about how you can promote your license to potential clients. Everyone who’s anyone knows the value of a blue checkmark on social media. That’s what the green Verified License Badge is for businesses on Houzz Pro. With one glance, this Badge helps you:

Let homeowners know that your business is licensed by state industry experts. Stand out from the competition while homeowners consider who to hire. Add credibility to your company name, providing peace of mind to future clients

Here are the steps you can take to add a verified license to your Houzz profile. If you haven’t created a free profile on Houzz, sign up today and get ready to make a bigger impact with your business’ online presence.

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Allison Monea is an Associate Content Writer at Houzz. A lover of art, design and her local Seattle scene.

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