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Contractor Licensing

Phone: 913-715-2233

111 S. Cherry STE 1000, Olathe, KS 66061

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Frequent Questions

Q. Where is the office located?

A. We are located in the "Johnson County Administration Building" in Olathe, Kansas, 111 S. Cherry, Room 1000. The building is located between Kansas Ave. & Cherry Street and South of Santa Fe. It is the 3-story building with a clock tower south of the Johnson County Courthouse  . The handicap power assist doors are located on the north and east entrances of the building. Please contact this office 913-715-2233 if other special arrangements are required.

 
Q. Where do I park?
A.
Free parking is available, however, many of the spaces surrounding the building are handicap or timed parking. Street parking around the building is hard to find. Please allow yourself an additional 10-15 minutes for parking. There is a parking garage located on the northeast corner of Cherry & Loula Street and another on Chestnut west of the Public Library. Also, located just southwest of the building across Kansas Ave. are 2 additional public parking lots. One is on the north side of Loula and the other is on the south side of Loula west of Kansas Ave. Handicap parking is available, the power assist entrances are located on the north and east sides of the building.
 
Q. How do I get a license?
A.
Once you determined the type of license you qualify for, complete the license application, and bring all supporting documents with payment to the Contractor Licensing Office. See How to Apply.
 
Q. What should I bring?
A.
Please bring your drivers license or other goverment issued photo identification, any documents required for licensing, e.g., copy of diploma and transcript, testing scores, either a check, money order or cash, and proof of insurance must be provided. Blank application forms are available in our office. See How to Apply.
 
Q. Do you take credit cards?
A.
Yes, we accept cash, check, money order, cashier check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. See Fees.
 
Q. What is the intent of the Contractor Licensing Program?
A.
The purpose is to protect the public welfare by assuring that those undertaking the construction, alteration, repair, or demolition of structures are qualified to perform such services....... click here to view resolution click here to view resolution
 
Q. What is the definition of a "Contractor"?
A.
A "contractor," is any person or firm that undertakes with or for another to construct, alter, repair, or demolish any structure or any portion thereof including every i) plumbing contractor, ii) electrical contractor, iii) mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning ("HVAC") contractor, and iv) general contractor, building contractor, and residential contractor, iv) fire protection contractor, v) roofing contractor, iv) swimming pool contractor. See Resolution. click here to view resolution

Q. Who should get a license?
A. Any contractor that will construct, alter, repair, or demolish any structure or any portion, thereof. In general, if your company has to pull a permit to operate your business then you have to be licensed. This includes ALL contractors, General Contractor, Building Contractor, Residential Contractor, Mechanical, Plumbing,  Electrical, Fire Sprinklers and Swimming Pool Contractors . If your company has any questions, please call the city that you are doing business to see if they require a license........ click here to view resolution click here to view resolution
 
Q. I do not have a degree, how would I take the national recognized test in order to qualify?
A.
This office will sponsor individuals for the Prometric test or provide information for the ICC (International Code Council) exams. Johnson County does not have a journeyman program therefore at this time we do not sponsor individuals for journeyman exams. If one would like to take a journeyman exam we recommend you contact one of the following jurisdictions.

Topeka - (785) 368-3704
Leavenworth - (913) 680-2626
Lawrence - (785) 331-1343

 
Q. Is there a charge for the test?
A.
Yes, there are separate charges for the tests. Please contact 913-715-2233, for additional information.

Q. Where can I take a National Recognized Builders Exam?
A.
Visit the Interntional Code Council's site to find information regarding exams. You can apply on-line to take the test and buy study material.
 
Q. Where can I obtain Building Code Reference Material?
A.
The Sites are:
ICC Book Store, 11711 W. 85th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215, Phone 913-888-0304   www.iccsafe.org 

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

BNI Building News

 

Q. Can I have more than one qualifying individual per company?
A.
Yes. Each qualifying individual must provide qualifying documentation.  There is no additional fee for additional qualifying individuals, unless they are applying for a new license the company does not currently hold.
 
Q. Could a company use the same individual to qualify for more than one license?
A.
Yes. The qualifying individual must complete a license application for each license.  Registration costs for a company is $100.00 and each license is $225.00.

Q. I repair pools do I have to obtain a license?
A.
This would depend on the appropriate city. Please contact the appropriate cities to see whether they would require licensing for permit issuance.  City Phone Numbers.
 
Q. I am a roofing contractor do I have to get a license?
A.
This would depend on the appropriate city. Please contact the appropriate cities to see whether they would require licensing for permit issuance.  City Phone Numbers
 
Q. I am a fencing contractor do I have to get a license?
A.
This would depend on the appropriate city. Please contact the appropriate cities to see whether they would require licensing for permit issuance.  City Phone Numbers
 
Q. I am an excavating contractor do I have to get a license?
A.
This would depend on the appropriate city. Please contact the appropriate cities to see whether they would require licensing for permit issuance. City Phone Numbers
 
Q. Is anyone excluded?
a)
An employee or agent working for and under the supervision of a contractor licensed for the type of construction, alteration, repair or demolition being undertaken; and

b) A homeowner who personally occupies or will occupy and undertakes the construction, alteration, repair, or maintenance of such homeowner's single-family residence or an accessory structure thereto. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of this section, any homeowner who undertakes the construction of a new residence for such homeowner's personal occupancy more than 3 times in any 5-year period shall be deemed to be a "contractor." - click here to view resolution.
 
Q. Who is responsible for the work?
A.
Upon issuance of a building permit to a licensed contractor, such licensed contractor shall be responsible for all work undertaken pursuant to such building permit, including work done by the licensed contractor's employees, agents, and subcontractors - click here to view resolution.
 
Q. Does the Contractor have to be insured?
A.
Yes, every licensed contractor  with an "active  license" must keep in force a policy of general liability insurance including completed operations coverage. Licensed contractors must provide evidence of insurance to obtain and maintain a license - click here to view resolution.
 
Q. What type of insurance is required?
A.
Insurance Requirements

Q. What type of licenses are available?
A.
Licenses definitions:

Class "A" General Contractor
Class "B" Building Contractor
Class "C" Residential Contractor
Class "DM" Mechanical Contractor
Class "DP" Plumbing Contractor
Class "DE" Electrical Contractor
Class "DF" Fire Protection Contractor
Class "DR" Roofing Contractor
Class "DS" Swimming Pool Contractor
Class "DW" Wood Framing
 
Q. Is there an application form or fee?
A.
Yes, there is an application form.  A company may have more than one qualifying individual (if applying for the same type of license) at no additional cost. The fees are a one-time $100.00 application fee and $225.00 annual fee per license. All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable. See Fees.
 
Q. Who is allowed to sign for building permits?
A.
A licensed company may appoint one or more individuals who shall be authorized to obtain building permits on behalf of the licensed company. Such individuals are not required to be licensed, however they must be registered as "Permittees" for the licensed company. Please see Section 18.12.16, of County Resolution 058-01 for further explanation.

Q. Do I need continuing education to keep my license?
A.
Yes. Every qualified individual must complete a minimum of  8 hours of continuing education per license class as required by the Contractor Licensing Review Board each calendar year. The costs of Contractor Licensing sponsored classes are covered by the annual license fee, for licensed qualified individuals. Please see Section 18.12.17, of County Resolution 058-01 for further explanation.

Q. What is the Contractor Licensing Review Board, CLRB?
A.
The CLRB is comprised of 9 members. The members are appointed by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. The members serve without compensation. The specific duties of the CLRB are outlined in Resolution 058-01, pages 3-6. See Contractor Licensing Review Board for more information.

Q. Where can I take the required continuing education classes?
The Contractor Licensing program will offer classes, free of charge to all qualified individuals,  throughout the year. Classes offered through other organizations may qualify for continuing education credit if approved by the CLRB. See Education and Classes for further information, or click here to obtain a copy of the continuing education request form.

Q. Are my employees required to be qualified contractors?
A.
No, an employee or agent working for and under the supervision of a qualified licensed company for the type of construction, alteration, repair or demolition being undertaken does not have to be licensed. Companies are required to employ a qualified individual before they can be licensed.
 
Q. As a homeowner, do I have to be licensed?

A. A homeowner who personally undertakes the construction, alteration, repair, or maintenance of his single-family residence, in which he will reside, or, an accessory structure on his property does not have to be licensed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any homeowner who undertakes the construction of a new residence for his personal occupancy more than 3 times in any 5-year period shall be deemed to be a “contractor” and must obtain a license.

If you have any questions that have not been answered above, please call us at (913) 715-2233 or e-mail them to contractor.licensing@jocogov.org and we will answer them as soon as possible and may post them on this website.