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Kansas Contractor Licensing Guide

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Last Updated Aug 23, 2023

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Kansas does not have any statewide requirements for contractor licensing. However, most counties and local jurisdictions in Kansas have their own rules for contractor licensing. Fortunately, if you're getting your construction business started in Kansas, we have the information you need to get the required license to stay above board.

If you're interested to understand the Kansas contractor licensing process, read on for the details.

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How to get a contractor license in Kansas

All corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and general partnerships need to register their business with the State of Kansas Secretary of State. Information about registering is fairly sparse, so it’s best to contact the office directly

Beyond business licensing, there isn’t one set path to Kansas contractor licensing. The steps required change from county to county, and with 105 of them, the regulations are bound to vary. Contractors who work in multiple counties will have to meet the requirements of each to ensure they’re working above board.

The best way to ensure you’re on the up-and-up in the areas you work in is to call the county or city clerk. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction regarding the appropriate licenses required to operate in their jurisdiction.

How to get a contractor license in Johnson County, Kansas

Contractor licensing in Johnson County, Kansas, is a function of the Johnson County Planning and Codes Department. The department offers several types of licenses, including:

  • Class A - General
  • Class B - Building
  • Class C - Residential
  • Class DE - Electrical
  • Class DF - Fire
  • Class DM - Mechanical
  • Class DP - Plumbing
  • Class DR - Roofing
  • Class DS - Swimming
  • Class DW - Framing 

In general, the requirements for each of these licenses include:

  1. Complete the application 
  2. Submit the $100 application fee and $225 license fee
  3. Submit proof of general liability and worker’s compensation insurance
  4. Establish a qualifying individual who must have either:
    1. A bachelor of science in architecture, engineering, construction science, or construction management
    2. A 75% score on an ICC exam
  5. Provide proof of identity of company owner and qualified individual with a government ID
  6. Provide a digital photo of the qualified individual
  7. Provide evidence of good standing from the Secretary of State

Like many local jurisdictions in Kansas, you’ll have to contact the department and request an application.

How to get a contractor license in Sedgwick County

Contractor licensing in Sedgwick County falls under the control of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department, which works in conjunction with the City of Wichita. 

The MABCD offers licenses for general contractors, as well as specialty contractors such as plumbers, electricians, elevator/escalator, fire suppression, refrigeration, and sheet metal, among others. 

The requirements for licensing are relatively standard across the different license types:

  • Complete the application, front and back, along with the signatures of everyone involved
  • Provide proof of a master-level trade certificate 
  • Take, pass, and submit results of an ICC trade exam
  • Provide proof of liability insurance with at least $300,000 in general liability showing MABCD as the certificate holder
  • Provide proof of worker’s compensation insurance
  • Proof of auto insurance on fleet vehicles
  • A certificate of good standing from the Secretary of State
  • Qualified Person (master license holder, or business owner if qualified) Declaration Page
  • Signatures of all company officers
  • Authorization for Qualified Person to do business for the company, including pulling permits and scheduling inspections. This proof must be written on company letterhead and signed by all owners, officers, and partners.
  • Pay fees

Fees range dramatically depending on the license type. A Class A GC applicant will need to submit a fee of $1,000, while basic trades will pay $360. 

How to get a contractor license in other Kansas jurisdictions

There are licensing requirements in other Kansas jurisdictions, but the best source of information is the county or city clerk in the area in which you plan to work. Most counties and cities require that contractors at least register their businesses before operating.

Penalties for unlicensed contracting in Kansas

All of Kansas' contractor licensing requirements come from the cities and counties throughout the state, as do the penalties for unlicensed contracting. 

The penalties can vary from city to city or county to county, but expect fines and fees. Also, many building department officers will shut projects down, which may cause irreparable damage to a project timeline. 

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Tom Scalisi

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Tom Scalisi is a writer with over 15 years of experience in the trades. He is passionate about educating contractors and specialty contractors about the best practices in the industry. He has seen first-hand how education, communication, and preparation help construction professionals overcome challenges to build a strong career and thriving business in the industry.

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