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Cathy Evenson,
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Building Commission
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Civic Center Complex, Room 310
Evansville, IN 47708
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License Categories and Definitions

General Contractor Licenses

  • Building General Contractor” means a person engaged in the business of or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of wrecking, constructing, installing, repairing, remodeling, or servicing any structural or nonstructural portions of any multi-family residential, commercial, or industrial building, including all roof coverings and site work.  [Study Guide]
  • Residential General Contractor” means a person engaged in the business of or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of wrecking, constructing, installing, repairing, remodeling, or servicing any structural or nonstructural portions of any one- or two-family dwellings and residential or agricultural building, including residential roof coverings and site work. [Study Guide]

Subcontractors Licenses

*Not required if licensed as Building General Contractor for commercial or Residential General Contractor residential work

  • Building Wrecker” means and includes any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of wrecking buildings or other structure. [Study Guide]
  • Underground Utilities Contractor” A person qualified to install, maintain, repair, alter or extend any system of piping, tubing, vessels, containers, pumps, apparatus, and appurtenances in connection with such pressure piping used for the circulating, transporting, holding or processing of any vapor, fluid, liquid, semi-liquid or solids, except gas. [Study Guide]
  • Excavating Contractor” A person qualified to place and remove soil, sand, gravel, etc., and install all necessary protective measures to prevent failure of excavations. [Study Guide]
  • Piling & Caisson Contractor” A person qualified to install, alter, maintain or repair foundation pilings and caissons. [Study Guide]
  • Concrete Footing and Flatwork Contractor” A person qualified to form, pour, place and finish only concrete flatwork and footings, including, but not limited to, mesh reinforcement, vapor barriers, slab insulation and crack control joints. [Study Guide]
  • Unlimited Concrete Contractor” A person qualified to properly batch and place concrete, erect vertical or horizontal forms, and install associated reinforcement. [Study Guide]
  • Brick and Masonry Contractor” A person qualified to install, maintain, repair or alter brick, block or other masonry materials including glass block and accessories necessary for support and moisture resistance. [Study Guide]
  • Waterproofing Contractor” A person qualified to install, alter, maintain or repair waterproofing systems for buildings. [Study Guide]
  • Structural Steel Contractor” A person qualified to install, erect or modify structure steel shapes for any building including welding, or other methods of fasteners. Scope of license includes erection of pre-engineered steel buildings, and shall include steel siding, roof covering and associated insulation of pre-engineered buildings. [Study Guide]
  • Wood Framing Contractor” A person qualified to install any wood products in or on a building including, but not limited to, rough framing, trusses, sheathing, doors, windows, and finished carpentry. [Study Guide]
  • Unlimited Roofing Contractor” means a person engaged in, or carrying out the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of contracting to construct, install, repair, patch, replace or perform any work on residential steep roofs or roofing, including but not limited to EPDM, hot mop, modified, preformed or standing seam metal roof coverings, curbs, flashings and architectural sheet metal. [Study Guide]
  • Limited Roofing Contractor” means a person engaged in, or carrying out the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of contracting to construct, install, repair, patch, replace or perform any work on residential steep roofs or roofing including composition shingles, shakes, slate, roll roofing, preformed metal roof panels, preformed gutters, and flashings on one- or two-family dwellings, residentially zoned buildings and agricultural outbuildings. [Study Guide]
  • Building Insulation Contractor” A person qualified to install, maintain or repair any insulation product used to prevent heat loss or gain in buildings. [Study Guide]
  • Drywall Partition Contractor” A person qualified to install, repair and finish gypsum, non load bearing wood or metal stud partitions, and all types of ceiling grids systems and tile. Includes associated insulation, spray on fireproofing and exterior insulating finish systems. [Study Guide]
  • Tile & Marble Contractor” A person qualified to set tile or marble in any type of building. [Study Guide]
  • Glass and Glazing Contractor” A person qualified to cut, assemble and install all types of glass including frame, panels, sashes and doors, mirrors and tub or shower enclosures. [Study Guide]
  • Siding and Guttering Contractor” A person qualified to fabricate, install, maintain, repair, alter or extend siding, soffits, gutters, flashings, awnings, and above grade portions of prefabricated rooms, patio covers or carports. [Study Guide]
  • Residential Remodeling Contractor” A person qualified to remodel, alter (non-structurally), repair and maintain existing residential property including houses, condominiums, and apartments, which are limited to repairs, fabricating, installation, maintenance or alteration of drywall, plaster, paneling, siding, soffits, gutters and awnings, floor decking, doors and windows. [Study Guide]
  • Swimming Pool Contractor” A person qualified to excavate, construct, fabricate, install and equip all swimming pools, including the pumps, filters, chlorination, piping and associated concrete including deck. [Study Guide]
  • Limited Swimming Pool Contractor” A person qualified to install only above ground pools, including pumps, heaters, filters, and associated piping. [Study Guide]
  • Fire Sprinkler Contractor” means a person engaged in, or carrying out the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of installing, altering, repairing, or extending fire sprinkler systems, including connections to water service outlet provided for fire sprinkler systems. [Study Guide]
  • Fire Alarm Contractor” means a person engaged in, or carrying out the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of installing, altering, repairing, or extending fire alarm systems (limited to low voltage circuits). [Study Guide]
  • Elevator and Escalator Contractor” A person qualified to construct, install, maintain and repair any elevator, dumbwaiter or escalator. [Study Guide]
  • Flammable Liquid Tank and Piping Contractor” A person qualified to install, maintain, repair, alter or extend any system used for storing and dispensing of gasoline, kerosene, diesel oils and similar liquid hydrocarbon fuels or mixtures to be used solely in connection with gasoline filling stations dispensing fuel to mobile vehicles or marine equipment provided, however, that bulk plants shall not be a part of the scope of such work.  [Study Guide]
  • Building Mover” means any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of moving buildings or other structures other than mobile homes or modular homes.
  • Limited Licensed Professional Contractor” A person registered in Indiana as an architect or professional engineer who may manage, supervise, or contract for work solely upon their employer’s premises.
  • Special Sub-Contractor” A person qualified by license in trade not regulated by this section in another jurisdiction to do one project only per year within Vanderburgh County.
  • Manufactured Home Installer” means a person who possesses an active State of Indiana Manufactured Home Installers license issued pursuant to IC 25-23.7-1 and is qualified to install and repair the foundation and anchoring system in manufactured home communities, the finishes necessary for installing multi-sectional units and to install skirting for mobile/manufactured homes in parks and masonry curtain walls required outside of parks. All persons working under the MHI registered contractor must be employees of the license holder or the company he/she holds license.
  • Manufactured Home Repairman” means a person who only performs repairs and maintenance to manufactured housing and mobile homes excluding Indiana certified modular or conventional construction including non-structural repairs and replacement of windows, doors, siding, roofing, skirting, interior repairs to walls and ceilings, changing faucets, receptacles, switches, light fixtures and other non-structural items. This classification does not permit the installation of a manufactured home, installation of additions, decks, porches, etc. This classification is not applicable to factory authorized personnel for repairs done without cost to the owner in the fulfillment of factory warranty obligations.

Sign Erector Licenses

  • "Class A Sign Erector License"  Any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of, or holding themselves out to be engaged in the business of installing, repairing, or contracting to install, repair, or construct signs of any type including the wiring and connection of electricity to the sign. [Study Guide]
  • "Class B Sign Erector License"  Any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of installing, repairing, or constructing of non-electric signs or holding themselves out to be engaged in the business installing, repairing, or contracting for no-nelectric signs. [Study Guide]
  • Temporary Sign Erector” means a qualified person engaged in, or carrying out the business of or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of sign erection and wiring that wishes to operate in the county on a temporary or “one time only” basis.

Electrical Licenses

  • Master Electrician”  means and includes any person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of, installing or repairing, or contracting to install or repair wires, conductors, and equipment used for the transmission or use of electric current.  [Study Guide]
  • Journeyman Electrician” means a workman qualified and competent in the trade of electrician and who is employed by a registered and licensed “Master Electrician.”  [Study Guide]
  • Apprentice Electrician” means a workman registered in an approved Apprentice Training Program.

Master Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioner Licenses

  • Master Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioner Installer” means a person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as being engaged in the business of installing, altering, repairing or servicing gravity or forced air heating systems, air conditioning systems, rated at five (5) tons or less, when refrigeration piping is included, fifteen (15) tons or less if packaged unit, including the refrigerant cycle, ventilating systems, and duct work, sheet metal work and equipment in connection with fan heating systems in buildings or structures, and shall include major architectural sheet metal, but shall not include the business of the construction, installation, repair or servicing of boilers or piping, heating or cooling coils connected therewith, or any cooling, piping, or equipment in connection with which the heating is accomplished by means of a steam, vapor or hot water heating plant or in connection with a fan-heating system. [Study Guide]
  • Journeyman Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioner Installer” means a person who is duly qualified to do work on those installations as are enumerated in the definition of “Master Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioner Installer” above, under the direction and supervision of a “Master Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioner Installer.” [Study Guide]
  • Apprentice Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioner Installer” means a workman registered in an approved Apprentice Training Program.

Refrigeration Licenses

  • Master Refrigeration Installer” means a person, firm, or corporation engaged in or carrying on the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of or the contracting to construct, install, repair, or service air conditioning equipment, freezer equipment, or cooler equipment, including industrial, commercial, institutional, and heavy residential installations. [Study Guide]
  • Journeyman Refrigeration Installer” means a workman qualified and competent in the trade of refrigeration installing and who is employed by a registered and licensed “Master Refrigeration Installer.” [Study Guide]
  • Apprentice Refrigeration Installer” means a workman registered in an approved Apprentice Training Program.

Steam Fitting Licenses

  • Master Steam Fitter” means a person, firm, or corporation engaged in or carrying on the business of, or holding themselves out to the public as engaged in the business of or contracting to construct, install, repair, or service fossil fuel boilers or solar heaters; piping, heating, or cooling coils connected therewith; or any cooling, piping, or equipment in air conditioning systems in connection with which the heating is accomplished by means of a steam, vapor, solar, or hot water heating plant, or in connection with a fan-heating system or refrigeration system. [Study Guide]
  • Journeyman Steam Fitter” means any person who is duly qualified to perform work on the construction, installing, repairing, or servicing of boilers or piping, heating or cooling coils connected therewith, or any cooling, piping, or equipment in air conditioning systems in connection with which the heating is accomplished by means of a steam, vapor, or hot water heating plant or in connection with a fan heating system, or refrigeration system, under the direction and supervision of a “Master Steam Fitter.” [Study Guide]
  • Apprentice Steam Fitter” means a workman registered in an approved Apprentice Training Program.

Plumbing Licenses

*In the case of Plumbers licensed under the statutes of the state, no license shall be required, but a certificate of registration shall be issued upon payment of the fee.

  • Master Plumber” means any person duly registered as required by Section 15.36.030A and engaged in the business of contracting for the installation, either directly or indirectly, of water supply distributing pipes, fixtures and fixture taps, or other apparatus for bringing in the water supply and removing liquid and water-carried wastes within buildings, or engaged in repairs to the pipes and other apparatus for which a permit is required. Registration shall be required for this work on any premises, except that no registration will be required for this work on a sewer or disposal system on any premises within the county beyond the point of first connection from the building foundation of the building located on the premises.
  • Journeyman Plumber” means a workman who is qualified and competent in the trade of plumbing and who is employed by a registered and licensed plumber.
  • Apprentice Plumber” means a workman registered in an approved Apprentice Training Program.