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Understanding Construction Licenses and Permits

Understanding Construction Licenses and Permits

by Proforma Construction, March 5, 2020

What you need to know about construction licenses and permits.

Anyone working in the construction industry knows that certain licenses and permits must be obtained before a project can get underway.  While the types of licenses and permits needed will vary depending on the location, type, and scope of a building project, it’s important to understand the basics of these requirements.  Here is a brief overview of construction licenses and permits from your Bay Area contractor.

Purpose of Licenses and Permits

Construction licenses and permits are necessary to show clients that a company is qualified to handle a construction project.  Having the necessary licenses and permits proves that you understand local building regulations and have ensured that your project fulfills these requirements.  Permits are more common than licenses, and usually, contractors are required to obtain building permits from the local authorities before beginning a project.  Licenses are only required in certain instances.

Construction Licenses

So, when are construction licenses necessary?  If a construction company is just starting out, then it will need to apply for a general business license.  Depending on your state and local laws, you may also need to secure specialized licenses for contractors or construction.  Additionally, some states also require licenses if you are working in a specialized field.  For instance, electricians, drywallers, and roofers often need additional licenses before they can operate within their state.

Even if your state does not require your company to carry any licenses, you should still consider applying for them.  Having official licenses and certifications can help your company seem more legitimate and trustworthy than your other, non-licensed competitors.

Construction Permits

While licenses are required for the company completing construction work, permits are required on a project by project basis.  Typically, contractors must secure a building permit before they can break ground on a new project.  The permitting process will vary depending on your state and local laws.  However, securing a permit usually requires the following steps:

  • Completing an application
  • Creating and submitting a construction site plan and building blueprint
  • Scheduling an appointment with the local authorities for plan approval
  • Scheduling regular inspections throughout the construction process
  • Getting final approval from local authorities

This is what you need to know about construction licenses and permits.  Are you looking to work with a contractor who you can trust?  Then contact your Bay Area contractor at Proforma Construction.   Serving Pleasanton and the surrounding California area, our highly-trained team is ready to make your commercial construction dreams a reality.