Generally, yes. In Louisiana, contractors are regulated by the Louisiana State Board of Contractors (http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/). The website has a number of good resources for contractors or those interested in becoming a contractor, such as the state’s licensing laws and a helpful Frequently Asked Questions section.
Not every participant in a construction project is required to have a license. Licenses are only required on the following projects:
Getting licensed in Louisiana is generally not an easy task – it’s really a three step process. (1) apply; (2) test; and (3) wait.
All applicants for a Louisiana contractors license must request an application pack directly from the Louisiana State Board of Contractors. Although a sample application is available on the board’s website, an applicant must use the actual application mailed to him or her by the board.
Therefore, the first step to getting licensed is to make a formal request to apply. The turn-around time for this is generally 2 weeks.
Filling out the application is fairly straight-forward, but applicants must be aware of these two issues:
1) You will be required to select a “classification.” Unfortunately, the application makes this entirely too confusing.
There are major classifications and sub-classifications. If you are licensed under a major classification, you are allowed to perform work on any of the subclasses. You will be tested on “business law” and the classification(s) selected.
Since many of the sub-classes mix in an ordinary construction project, it is prudent (and usually cheaper) to just select a main classification when applying.
2) You will be required to provide the board with financial data, and the requested financial information must be prepared by an independent account and certified by the same. The Board is looking to see whether your company has at least $10,000 in assets.
In addition to submitting an application, you will be required to sit for an examination. The examination will test you on “business law” and your chosen classifications. Preparation materials are available from the Louisiana Board of Contractors.
There are generally 3 types of consequences for contracting without a license in Louisiana: