Before bidding or working on a roofing project in another state,
you must be aware of the state's licensing and registration
requirements. Each state's requirements differ, sometimes
substantially, and failure to plan ahead may result in lost
opportunities or breached contracts.
Licensing requirements vary significantly among states. Some
states require only residential contractors to be licensed. Some
require roofing contractors to obtain specialty roofing licenses
for all construction projects, and others only require licenses for
general contractors or when a project exceeds a certain dollar
In Mississippi, for example, a license is required for
commercial work only if the price is $50,000 or more. For
residential work, a license is required if the price is $50,000 or
more for new construction or $10,000 or more for work on an
existing residence. Some states, such as Pennsylvania, do not
impose any contractor licensing requirements for nonhazardous
construction. Other states, such as New York, handle contractor
licensing at the local level rather...
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