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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Any previous paid work experience in the construction industry qualifies as experience. For a general contractors license (B100, E100, or R100), at least two years (or 4,000 hours) of paid work experience is required in the construction industry. No experience is required for a specialty contractor license. “Experience in the construction industry” is more broad in scope than the definition of “construction trades” and includes: (a) Experience in the construction industry regardless if paid as a W-2 or as an owner, and regardless of whether licensed or exempt; (b) Experience while performing construction activities in the military; (c) Experience obtained under the supervision of a construction trades instructor as a part of an educational program is qualifying experience for a contractor's license. A passing score on the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors shall satisfy the experience requirement. Additionally, a person holding a four-year bachelor’s degree or a two-year associate’s degree in Construction Management shall satisfy the experience requirement. A person holding a Utah professional engineer license also satisfies the experience requirement.
No. Utah does not have reciprocity. Instead, Utah allows for licensure by endorsement. Click here for additional information on requirements and how to apply.
You must submit a completed contractor application packet, along with the required fees (listed in the application). You may obtain an application from our web site. The application packet includes fees and testing information.
When a qualifier leaves a licensed contractor business, both the qualifier and the licensee are required to inform DOPL in writing, within 10 days of the last day of employment, stating that the qualifier is no longer employed by the licensee. The licensee then has 60 days, from that date, to replace the qualifier. If the written notice is not sent to DOPL within 10 days and the licensee doesn't replace the qualifier within 60 days, the license can be revoked. The license stays with the company; it does not "belong to" nor does it "go with" the qualifier.
NO. The one who "loans" their license and the one who "borrows" the license are both guilty of class A misdemeanors. The "loaner" for "aiding and abetting" and the "borrower" for contracting without a license.
It is illegal to pay an employee who is an unlicensed contractor on a 1099. To be legal an employer needs to withhold federal and state taxes from their employees' pay and cover them with worker's compensation and unemployment insurance. A 1099 is only appropriate when using an independently licensed contractor or a licensed sub-contractor. Individuals that are paid on a 1099 without being licensed could have action taken against them for contracting without a license and the party that hired them for hiring an unlicensed contractor.
The only legal way to "work under" any license is as an officer or W2 employee of a licensed contractor.
Send the application to DOPL, PO Box 146741, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741. Applications can also be hand-delivered to DOPL at 160 East 300 South, First Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. After your application has been received by DOPL, please wait 4-6 weeks before checking on the status of your application. NOTE: Always make a copy of anything you send to DOPL and use verification, such as certified mail, to provide proof of delivery.
No. Licensing fees submitted with an application are processing fees and are not refundable.
The best method is to send your application by certified mail, return receipt requested or send it though a delivery service that tracks items delivered by them. Please do not call in to check on the application's status until after 4-6 weeks have passed since DOPL received it. If after 4-6 weeks you have not received a license or been contacted by DOPL to furnish additional information, you can inquire as to the status of the application. NOTE: Always make of copy of anything you send so you have it to refer to should a question arise. Send the application to DOPL, PO Box 146741, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741.
As a sole proprietor the license will be issued to the individual in his/her own given name.
Business must be conducted in the name on the license. However, business can be conducted under another name by means of a DBA. DBA's are not automatically attached to a license just because they are registered with the Division of Corporations. The DBA must be submitted to DOPL as part of the application or later by filling out a "Contractor Name Change or Add a DBA" form (found here). The DBA must be owned by the licensee (name on contractor license) and be registered and in an active status with the Utah Division of Corporations. Once a DBA expires, it can not be used by a licensee to conduct business.
If you are forming a new entity and dissolving an existing entity or sole proprietorship, you must register the new entity with the Division of Corporations and submit a license application to DOPL with the required fees and documents. The existing license may be surrendered at the time the new one is issued. (Contact DOPL for assistance in doing this.) Financial responsibility, liability insurance, workers' comp insurance, etc. will need to be maintained on the license until it is surrendered or expires.
No, not if the applicant's qualifier has been involved in construction as a qualifier in the same license classification. On the application just put "see prior license number" (and list that number) on all sections that ask for testing and experience. (List the most recent license number where the qualifier was approved for the same classification.)