Fayetteville, NC asked in Construction Law for North Carolina

Q: Do electrical and pluming subcontractors working under a general contractor require to be licensed?

As I understand it, general contractors in NC are not required to be licensed for construction contracts under $30,000. Does that apply for any subcontractors the general contractor may hire to complete the overall construction contract / project?

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Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz
  • Construction Law Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Any subcontractors hired by the general contractor should be performing work included in the scope of the general contractor's contract. Thus, the general contractor's contract would have to exceed $30,000 if the sub's contract exceeds $30,000.00. Subcontractors work under the supervision and licensure of the general contractor and thus don't need a separate building license if the general contractor is licensed. There are also specific trades which require a license (such as HVAC, etc.).

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