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Contractor Licensing

Phone: 913-715-2233

111 S. Cherry STE 1000, Olathe, KS 66061

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Frequent Questions

If you have any questions that have not been answered in from the following list of questions, please call us at (913) 715-2233 or e-mail them to [email protected] and we will answer them as soon as possible and may post them on this website.

Yes, we accept cash, check, money order, cashier check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. See Fees.

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

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.

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

Please contact 913-715-2233, for additional information.

For the National Recognized Builders Exams visit the International Code Council's site to find information regarding exams. You can apply on-line to take the test and buy study material.

You can obtain the Building Code Reference Material from ICC Book Store at 11711 West 85th Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66215. Phone number is 913-888-0304.

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.

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.

It is up to the city where the permit will be applied for. City Phone Numbers. Contact the correct jurisdiction and determine which license, if any is required. Each city may differ. 

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.

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.

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.

Insurance Requirements

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.