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Louisiana

To do construction work in Louisiana you need to be licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if a contractor is licensed for either residential or commercial work in Louisiana, call (800) 256-1392, or click http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/findcontractor.asp


Contractors usually have to post a bond equal to 5% of the contract price for any lump sum or cost-plus contract. The minimum bond amount is $1,000.

A Residential Building Contractor's license is required for residences three stories or less in height if the cost of the project is more than $50,000.

You'll need to obtain a Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State.

If you want to do plumbing, asbestos abatement, or underground tank installation, you will also need a license from other agencies. You'll find more information on these particular trades after the discussion of licensing by the State Licensing Board. To apply to the Board, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State of Louisiana
State Licensing Board for Contractors
P.O. Box 14419
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-4419
(225) 765-2301
(800) 256-1392
http://www.lslbc.state.la.us/

The Board issues commercial, residential, home improvement and mold remediation licenses.  These are the classifications of licenses:

Building construction

Heavy construction

Highway, street, bridge construction

Municipal, public works construction

Electrical work

Mechanical work

Hazardous materials

Plumbing

Specialty

Residential construction

On the application the Board sends you, you'll be asked about your company's work experience and organization. You'll also have to give the Board references who are licensed in Louisiana. And you'll have to submit a financial statement with your application.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Contractor's license and exam fees: The Board requires you to pass an exam to get a license. The exam has a business and law section and a trade section. The exam costs $100 for each classification you take an exam in. You also have to pay the Board $40 for study material for the business and law part of the exam.

If you can prove you have a valid license in a trade in another state, you won't have to take the exam for that trade. You will still have to pass the business and law section though.

A license costs $100 for any one classification and $95 for each additional classification. The maximum you can pay for a license in multiple classifications is $300. A license is good for one year. All licenses expire on December 31 each year.

The Board investigates out-of-state contractors before licensing them. You must pay a $400 surcharge to cover the costs of this investigation. You must also wait 60 days from the date of your application while the Board completes the investigation.

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Asbestos Abatement Certificate

In addition to the State Contractor's Board license, you'll need to be certified to do asbestos abatement work in Louisiana. To get more information on this, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Environmental Quality
Registrations and Certifications
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 219-3028
Fax: (225) 219-3154
http://www.deq.state.la.us/index.htm
E-mail: permits@deq.state.la.us 

The Division issues contractor/supervisor, worker, inspector, management planner, and project designer certificates. You will need to complete appropriate Division-approved training to qualify for any certificate. Forms are available at http://www.deq.state.la.us/misc/forms.stm. Inspector candidates will have to submit a copy of their high school diploma or highest level of education received. Management planner candidates will need proof of registration as an architect, engineer, CIH or related scientific field. Project designer candidates will need to provide proof of registration as an architect, project designer, engineer or CIH.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Asbestos abatement certificate fees: It will cost you $66 for a worker certificate. All other certificates cost $264.

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Lead Abatement Accreditation

In addition to the State Contractor's Board license, you'll need to be certified to do lead abatement work in Louisiana. To get more information on this, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Environmental Quality
Registrations and Certifications
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 219-3028
Fax: (225) 219-3154
http://www.deq.state.la.us/index.htm

The application is available online at http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/misc/forms.stm

The Division issues worker, inspector, risk assessor, project supervisor and project designer certificates. You will need to complete appropriate Division-approved training to qualify for any certificate. 

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Lead abatement certificate fees: Fees are as follows:

Worker $50
Inspector $150
Project Supervisor $250
Risk Assessor $250
Project Designer $500

Individuals must be accredited annually. 

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Underground Tank Installer Certificate

To supervise underground storage tank installation, repair or closure, you must be certified by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) DEQ Office of Permits
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 219-3028
Fax: (225) 219-3154
http://www.deq.state.la.us/index.htm
E-mail: permits@deq.state.la.us 

The Division issues certificates for only installation/repair, only closure, or both installation/repair and closure.

You must pass an exam to get a certificate. To qualify to take an exam you must have two years of experience and have worked on at least five jobs in the type of work you are getting a license in. For the combined installation/repair/closure certificate you need experience and work on jobs in all three types of work -- installation, repair and closure.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Underground tank installer's certificate exam fees: It will cost you $132 to take an exam. There's no additional cost for the certificate. Your certificate will expire on December 31 every second year.

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Plumber's Licenses

You need a license from the State Plumbing Board to do plumbing work in Louisiana. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State Plumbing Board of Louisiana
P.O. Box 86774
Baton Rouge, LA 70879
(225) 756-3434
http://www.legis.state.la.us

The Board issues master and journeyman licenses. You must pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master exam you must have a journeyman license in Louisiana. To qualify for the journeyman exam you must verify at least five years or 8,000 hours of work experience installing, repairing, or maintaining plumbing systems. The Board doesn't have any reciprocity agreements with other states but if you have a valid plumbing license in another state you can use it to qualify to take the journeyman plumber exam in Louisiana.

Exams are given by:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Experior
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, MN 55108
http://www.experioronline.com

The master plumber's license is open book and multiple choice. Subject matter:

Part I Percentage of exam
Drainage systems/Sewers 25
Water supply/Backflow prevention 20
Code/General 15
Installation practices/Methods/Materials 10
Special wastes/Roof drains 5
Fixtures and trim 5
Excavation 5
Inspection/Testing 5
Individual sewage treatment systems 5
Safety 5
 
Part II
 
Percentage of exam
Drainage systems/Sewers 28
Water supply systems 20
Roof drain systems 8
Installation practices/Methods/Materials 28
Terminology 4
Plans and specifications 12

Part III
 
Percentage of exam
Project management 18
Contract management 17
Financial management 10
Risk management 10
Business planning and organization 5
Licensing 10
Safety (laws and regulations) 10
Labor laws 5
Tax laws 5

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumber's license fees: It will cost you $100 to take the master exam and the journeyman exam is $75. The master license costs $180 and the journeyman license is $30. All licenses are good for one year, expiring on December 31 each year.

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Water Well Driller's License

Except for oil and gas wells you must get a license from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to do well drilling work in Louisiana. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Water Resource Section
Department of Transportation and Development
P.O. Box 94245
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245
(225) 274-4172
Fax: (225) 274-4312
http://www.dotd.state.la.us/intermodal/wells/home.asp

You need to pass an exam and have two years of approved well drilling experience to qualify for a license. You must send two letters of reference with your application.

You will have to appear in person before the Advisory Committee for Regulation and Control of Water Well Contractors and be interviewed by the Committee. They meet on the first Wednesday of February, May, August, and November each year. After the Committee approves your application, you can take their exam.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Water well driller's license fees: It will cost you $100 to get a license. The exam costs $10. All licenses expire each June 30.

If you have a valid driller's license from another state you may be able to get a Louisiana driller's license. The requirements for your license must be approximately equal to those for a Louisiana driller license and the state you're licensed in must allow a Louisiana driller license holder to get a license in the state the same way. Currently the Department doesn't have any reciprocity agreements with other states.

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

You don't need to be prequalified to bid on contracts from the Department of Transportation. However you must be licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors. For information on this see our discussion at the beginning of the Louisiana section. The Department of Transportation Web site is at http://www.dotd.state.la.us/

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Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations must get a Certificate of Authority to do business in Louisiana from the Louisiana Secretary of State. To apply for this certificate, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Louisiana Secretary of State
Corporation Division
P.O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
(225) 925-4704
Fax: (225) 922-0433
http://www.sec.state.la.us/

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