Tennessee has several types of contractor licenses which can make the bidding and licensing process more complex. If you operate under the incorrect kind of license, or your client thinks you’re licensed differently than you are, you may face steep penalties. A misrepresentation of licensure could be a violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and lead to litigation.
In part one this article, a Nashville license defense lawyer differentiates the kinds of contractor licenses in Tennessee.
1. Home Improvement
Certain counties in Tennessee (Davidson, Bradley, Haywood, Hamilton, Knox, Marion, Robertson, Rutherford, and Shelby) require a license for residential remodels. Since Nashville is located in Davidson County, prime contractors need a home improvement license if the cost of the project is somewhere between $3,000 to $24,999 including materials, labor, and profit. Works included under this license are repairs, remodels, alterations, conversions, improvements, and additions to structures and land. Demolition also falls under this license.
2. Residential (BC-A)
An exam is required for a residential contractor license. This license covers home improvement and remodeling projects costing $25,000 or more in residential buildings that are three stories high or less.
3. Building Combined (BC)
This license also requires an exam, and it is the most comprehensive of contractor licenses in Tennessee. It covers residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Included under this license type are all of the 34 categories listed in the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors Classification Outline with Trade Exam Requirements.
Read part two for the other four kinds of contractor licenses in Tennessee.
If you are accused of a license violation, such as performing work without a license or renting out your license, it’s important to seek knowledgeable legal counsel. The attorneys at Cotney Construction Law can help you protect your ability to continue your contracting career.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.