State law requires licenses for these types of contractors doing work anywhere in the state:

  • All electrical, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning contractors
  • General contractors for projects costing more than $30,000

(Subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning must have licenses regardless of the cost of their work.)

General contractors for projects under $30,000 are not required to have a license. Homeowners who use an unlicensed general contractor must hire the subcontractors themselves when electrical, plumbing, or heating and air conditioning work is involved.

Ensuring Your Contractor Has a License if Required

Ask those performing work to provide their N.C. Contractor’s License number and verify it through these state licensing boards:

General contractors

Electrical contractors

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors
Why it is a Good Idea to Hire Licensed Contractors

  • N.C. licensed contractors are professionals who have passed technical exams and have proven that they have the financial means to support their business.
  • Should you experience a substantial problem with a licensed contractor, the Licensing Board for that trade will investigate the complaint and if found valid, take appropriate action against the contractor.