For the protection of Georgia consumers, the Georgia General Assembly created a board comprised of 15 members representing consumers and the construction industry. Since July 1, 2008, the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors has set the rules and standards for licensure of residential and general contractors in Georgia. The Board has the authority to investigate and discipline negligent, incompetent or unlicensed individuals practicing construction contracting in Georgia. The General Contractor Division of the Board is responsible for licensing general contractors.
Eligibility requirements for a Georgia general contractor license are that an individual must be at least 21 years of age and of good character. In addition, he must hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field and have at least one year of experience working as, or for, a general contractor. In the absence of a degree, the applicant may have an acceptable combination of college credits and experience working as, or with, a general contractor. The combination of credits and experience must meet with the approval of the General Contractor Division. With the such approval, an applicant, in the absence of college credits, may be eligible for licensure with at least four years in construction or a related field. At least two years' experience must be as, or working with, a general contractor or other experience deemed appropriate by the Division.
The prospective general contractor must file an application on a form with the General Contractor Division of the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors. The form must be accompanied by the application fee as assessed by the board. An application may be submitted by a person doing business as an individual or as an individual who owns, or is employed by and acts as a qualifying agent for, a business. All applicants must take and pass an examination prepared or approved by the General Contractor Division. The application must also include a list of character references that the applicant has or will be affiliated with as a general contractor. Applicants must provide proof of general liability insurance and of worker’s compensation insurance as required by law. If an applicant is applying as the agent of a business, proof of insurance falls on the business. Applicants, or the business if the applicant is a qualifying agent, must provide proof of tax payments made where taxes were due in a form and in a length of time assigned by the Division. If any changes are made after information is submitted with the application, the General Contractor Division must be notified in writing within 30 days.
Applicants must submit to and pass a two-part exam. The first part of the exam covers nine areas of interest in general contracting. Georgia business law is covered in the second part of the exam.
- Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images