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NEW! Online Renewals  (See more information below for each license profession)



Applications forms and information may be downloaded for: Contractors (New/Renewal/Revisions); Home Improvement; Limited Licensed Electricians (LLE); Limited Licensed Plumbers (LLP); and Pre-licensed Course Providers. Forms have been arranged in sections:


Browse sections below to obtain the following forms:


Sections 1 - 4: License Information and Requirements (Projects $25,000 and Up)

  • Section 1 - Contractors (New, Additional, Mergers, New Ownership, Reorganization or Reinstatement)
  • Section 2 - Contractors Renewal
  • Section 3 - Contractors Revisions (Changes in Name, Mode of Operation, Upgrades-Class/Limit)
  • Section 4 - Limited Restricted Residential License (BC-A/r - $125,000 and less)

Section 5: License Information for Projects Less than $25,000 & Other Programs

  • 1 - Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE) - New, Reinstatement and Renewal
  • 2 - Limited Licensed Plumber (LLP) - New, Reinstatement and Renewal
  • 3 - Home Improvement License - New, Reinstatement and Renewal
  • 4 - HVAC Information - No state license for HVAC projects less than $25,000
  • 5 - Prelicensed Course Providers - Application and List of Providers
  • 6 - Medical Gas Providers - Application and List of Providers


Section 6: Consumer and Public Resources

Complaint Forms and Public Records Requests




Section 1. Contractor License - New Application for New (Initial); Reinstatement; or Additional Licenses

In order to obtain a Contractor's license (required for projects $25,000 or more), the following is the "Application" and "Exam" information to download and print or you may call our office at 1-800-544-7693 and we will be happy to mail you an application package:

The above items are needed to obtain a contractor's license. The forms listed below provide additional information to specific inquires. Many of these forms are included as part of the "Contractor's License Application" instructions section.


Supplemental Forms & Information



Deadline: Contractor's license applications must be received by the Board office prior to the deadline date which is the 20th of the month prior, to the Board meeting. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for mail delivery. More Board meeting information is available at the "Calendar" on the website.




Types of Contractors (Prime, Subcontractors and Construction Managers)

See the "Contractor Classification Outline to review all of the various types of contractors regulated. See also the "Contractor" section of the website and "Bidding" requirements.


NOTE: If you currently are licensed with a Tennessee Contractor's License and wish to make changes to your existing license, see the "Revision" information in "Section 3".




Section 2. Contractor - Renewal & Retirement

For more information relative to renewals, you may contact our office by email at:  -or-  Fax: (615) 532-2868 -or- Call our office at (615) 532-3985 or (615) 532-3994.


Renewal Resources for Contractors


  • Online Renewal (Allows "partial" Renewal - Allow 30 days for Processing)

    The "Online Renewal" process for "Contractors" currently only allows a means to pay online and answer questions on the renewal form.  It does NOT provide an option to attach required documents to complete the renewal process. Contractor licensees must mail, fax or email the outstanding required documents (proof of insurance, financial statements, and/or responses to questions requiring attachments, such as disclosures of felony, complaints, etc). Therefore, online renewals will be incomplete for these licensees until information is supplied to the Board.  Please return outstanding documents with a copy of your confirmation of online payment to assist in quickly matching up to your online renewal to complete processing by:  Email at:  -or-  Fax: (615) 532-2868; or by mail.  We apologize for this inconvenience.  There is not a means to retire a license online at this time.

  • Paper Renewal
  • Retirement Form (New or Renewal)

Supplemental Renewal Information


WARNING: A contractor does not have a grace period to continue to contract once the license expires. The law requires renewals to be submitted to the Board 30 days prior to the expiration date in order to prevent working on an expired license, which is considered a violation of law. Renewals submitted without all the required information to renew, cannot be issued and an extension to contract on an expired license cannot be granted. In addition, a license with a "Retired" status is not legal to operate and the same as "unlicensed".


Renewal Due Date: Contractor licenses are renewed biennially and issued for two (2) years. The expiration date is on the last date of the month, in which the license was originally issued. You may check your expiration date online at: License Search and Verification. Renewals should be submitted to the Board's office 30 days prior to the expiration date. Please allow 5 to 7 business days for mail delivery. A license cannot be renewed if has been expired for 12 months; must apply for a reinstatement utilizing the initial contractor's license application.


Renewal Process: Board office conducts an audit, which includes: 1) checking the financial statement to ensure the working capital and net worth supports the current monetary limit; 2) checking for proof of insurance and making sure coverage includes Tennessee; 3) Corporate status is confirmed; and 4) check to see that the "Contractor's Affidavit" was completed, signed and notarized. If submitting online, attesting does not require a notary.  Any renewal lacking information will be sent a letter notifying the contractor to respond within 30 days. For those not responding within 12 months of the expiration date, the renewal form is placed in archives for storage.  The Board office cannot fees in their office and must be provided to the Cashier.  Send all mail (including express and over-night) to: Department of Commerce and Insurance; 4th Floor Davy Crockett Tower, 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243-1150.

Pending Renewals: Renewals received which lack the required financial supporting documentation, our staff will notify the contractor after the audit with options.  It is your responsibility to follow-up to ensure the renewal has been issued.  For more clarification to these options or access to the forms needed to complete the renewal, go to: "Renewal-Financial Options". In order for Contractors to retain renewal rights, they must respond in writing with the required information within 12 months of expiration date or place license in "Retirement".  Always allow 30 days for processing!


SECTION 3. Contractor RevisonsAmendments/Changes to Existing License

LICENSE REVISION REQUESTS (Most Require Board Review - Deadline date to provide to the Board office is the last day of the month prior to the next Board meeting)

  1. Add Classification Request Form (Add classifications onto existing license)


2. Increase Monetary Limit (Raise limit on license)


3. Mode of Operation Change - Transfer

4. Name Change Application (Change name on license)

5. Qualifying Agent (QA) Add / Change Request (Add or remove a Qualifying Agent)


Deadline Date for License Revision Requests:

Last day of the month prior to the next Board meeting (requests requiring Board approval). See "Public Meetings Calendar" for dates.


Board Approval required for the following revisions: Adding a Classification; Increase Monetary Limit; Name Change; and Mode of Operation Change (transfers). An interview is not required, unless, there are complaints or felony convictions.


These four (4) types of license revision requests must be approved by the Board at their regularly scheduled meetings. Staff must receive in the Board office prior to the deadline date (last day of the month prior to the Board meeting) in order to have in time to process (review, audit, copy for members, add to meeting books, etc.). Please allow 5 to 7 days for mail delivery when submitting prior to the deadline date. Those needing a license revised prior to the Board's next meeting may qualify as a "Hardship" (request for early/emergency review) if the owner of the project needs and supplies the request.



SECTION 4. BC-A/r Limited Residential Restricted License - *$125,000 Limit or Less

A contractor may obtain a limited residential restricted (BC-A/r) contractor's license, up to $125,000 without passing license exams, by taking a course approved by the Board with one of the following state community colleges listed below.  All other licensing requirements, with the exception of the exams, must be met, which includes a reviewed financial statement prepared by a CPA; proof of insurance; list of experience; and a reference from a past client, employer or codes official.   In addition, an interview with the Board is required. This restricted license does NOT allow exceeding the monetary limit; there is not a 10% tolerance; cannot joint venture with other contractors to combine monetary limits; and cannot split contracts into phases to circumvent the law.  The total cost of the project includes land, materials, labor, as well as profit.  Therefore, a limited licensee cannot perform projects larger than the monetary limit placed on their license.  Upon receipt of the completed application, the applicant will be scheduled for an interview with the Board at their next regularly scheduled Board meeting (see Public Meetings Calendar). 


NEW! Rule increased from *$70,000 to $125,000, effective 2/20/2014 to allow contractors to apply for a license up to this amount.  BC-A/r contractors may apply for an increase to their license limit by completing the Increase Request revison form and supplying the required reviewed finanical statement, prepared by a CPA, that supports the amount requested and list of experience (all instructions are included in the revison form).  Upon receipt of the increase request, it will be presented to the next regularly scheduled Board meeting; no interview is required for revison requests. To obtain an increase more than $125,000, this would require passing the exams.  Do NOT exceed monetary limit on license prior to obtaining approval and a revised license by the Board. 


BC-A/r Providers


Nashville State Community College

Jack Wallace - (615) 353-3447


Chattanooga State Community College

Roy Brackett - (423) 697-3100


Pellissippi State Community College

Angela Branson - (865) 539-7167


SECTION 5. License Professions - Other (Projects Less than $25,000; etc.)

  1. Limited Licensed Electrician
  2. Limited License Plumber
  3. Home Improvement
  4. HVAC
  5. Prelicensed Exam Course Providers
  6. Medical Gas


1. Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE)
  • Projects less than $25,000

Steps to Applying for an LLE License (Electrical Licensing Website)


  • A limited licensed electrician (LLE) may not use the appellation term "contractor" unless they hold a contractor's license.
  • A LLE cannot be utilized in local governments with their own license as a master or journeyman.
  • Projects cannot be split into phases; cannot have more than one contract on a single project.
  • A contractor's license with a CE classification is required for electrical projects $25,000 or more.
  • For information relative to obtaining an LLE license, contact Linda Ford at (615) 253-2144 or by email at:

LLE Application (Limited Licensed Electrician)

Address Change Request Form

Business Tax License - Local Govenment Contacts

CEU - Continuing Education is not required

City/County Contact Information

Duplicate License Certificate - Request Form

Education - Continuing Education is NOT required

Electrical Installation Law (Division of Fire Prevention, TCA 68-102)

Electrical Installation Rules (Division of Fire Prevention)

Electrical - LLE Licensing Rules (Contractors Board)

Exam Information for Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE)

Fire Marshal's Office (Division of Fire Prevention oversees inspections)

FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

Insurance - General Information

>>Note: Proof of insurance is not required for LLE "licensing", however, if you have an employee or work on a project as a sub, you may be required to have coverage according to the labor law.

Law, Rules and Regulations

LLE Renewal Form

LLE Website

OneStop Business License Resource

Reinstatement of Expired LLE (Expired 90 days or more)


Valuable Resources

Workers Compensation Exemption Registration (Construction Services Provider)


>>Note: Proof of insurance is not required for LLE "licensing", however, if you have an employee, you are required by law to provide coverage.  In addition, the employer or owner(s) of the electrical business may be required to cover themselves or obtain an exemption as a "Construction Services Provider".



2. Limited Licensed Plumber (LLP)
  • Projects less than $25,000


Steps to Applying for an LLP Licenses (Plumber Resource Website)


Application for LLP

Address Change Request Form

Business Tax License - Contact Information

Disclosures - Convictions and Complaints

Duplicate License Certificate - Request Form

Education - Continuing Education is NOT required

Exam Information

Insurance Requirements

Law, Rules and Regulations - Website

OneStop Business License Resource


Rules & Regulations

Valuable Resources

Workers Compensation Exemption Registration (Construction Services Provider)


  • Note: Proof of insurance is not required for LLP "licensing", however, if you have an employee or work on a project other than working directly for the owner (as a sub), you may be required to have coverage or register for an exemption according to the labor law.

3. Home Improvement License
  • Projects $3,000 to $24,999

NOTE: The following counties have adopted the Home Improvement license law: Bradley, Davidson, Hamilton, Haywood, Knox, Marion, Robertson, Rutherford and Shelby (Eff. 9/24/10 )

Steps to Applying for a Home Improvement License Effective August, 2010, all HI applications must be reviewed and approved by the Board at their regular Board meeting (see "Public Meetings Calendar" for schedule). A personal interview is not required, unless, there are descrepancies with the application; felony conviction; or complaint concerns.


Home Improvement License Forms

4. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)

Check with your local municipality and codes office. There is not a specific state license HVAC license for projects less than $25,000; a contractor's license with CMC-C classification is required for HVAC projects $25,000 or more. A Home Improvement license may be required in the above counties, where there is not a separate HVAC trade license required.

Local jurisdiction may have their own permit, licensing and inspections. Projects $25,000 or more must obtain a Contractor's license (see section 1) with the CMC or CMC-C classification, as a prime or subcontractor.


Effective July 1, 2008, HVAC contractors bidding Geothermal projects may need to list their TDEC license classification on the outside of the bid envelope. (Well Driller Information)



5. Contractor Pre-License Course Providers

Pre-License Course Provider Website


6. Medical Gas




SECTION 6. Consumer and public Requests

Consumer Resources





Deadline Dates:

Contractor's License - Must be received by the 20th of the month prior to the Board meeting. This includes new, reinstatements, second or additional license requests, and mergers/reorganziations applicants for a new contractor's license to be issued.


Renewals - Due 30 days prior to the expiration date (to prevent working on an expired license). If fee is submitted prior to the expiration, your renewal status will remain active, however, you cannot contract or perform work where a license is required, until the expiration date is updated showing the license was approved and issued. Licenses with a deliquent status are typically those who owe a late fee.


Contractor Revisions - Contractor's requests to revise or upgrade their license are due by the last day of the month prior to the Board meeting. If Board meets in January, the deadline would be December 31st. Revision requests for Board approval include: Add Classifications; Increase Monetary Limit; Change Mode of Operation; and Name Changes.


Home Improvement Licenses- Must be received by the 20th of the month prior to the Board meeting to ensure it is reviewed at the next meeting.


The only applications with a deadline for receipt, are those which require Board approval and are presented at their regular meetings listed on the "Public Meetings Calendar". "Contractors" and "Home Improvement" are the only license applicants requiring Board approval, unless, there have been complaints, felony convictions; or reinstatements of LLE or LLP to waive the exam. Pre-License Exam Course Provider applications are also approved by the Board. A personal interview is not required unless notified to appear.


A deadline date is required due to the timely review process it takes by staff to ensure the file is in correct order and complete to present at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. (Rule 0680-1-.02) Those who cannot make the deadline or need the license prior to the next Board meeting, may provide a "Hardship" request if it meets the criteria as a hardship to an owner/consumer.


See "Public Meetings Calendar" for meeting dates.


If you have suggestions for other forms and information, please send an email to:  Contractor Suggestion


Return to "Contractor's Home Page"


"Laws and Rules" (Check for changes relative to bidding, licensing and insurance)


Notifications: Sign up on the website to be notified by email of important changes in legislation, newsletters, etc. at: Email Notification List


"Other Valuable Resources"


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Reports and Data


Disclosure: License applicants are required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) which will be used for identification purposes, only, and will not be part of public record. This is under the authority of 42 USC 666.


Contact the Board office at 800-544-7693.