General building and construction contractors in Missouri do not need state licenses but must be licensed at the local level. Local planning and development departments, finance departments or licensing and regulation departments usually grant construction contractor licenses. Since many construction contractors make use of subcontractors, you may need to show evidence of your subcontractors’ license status when making your own application for a contractor’s license. Some subcontractor areas, including plumbers, boiler technicians and electricians, are required to have State of Missouri licenses.
Contact your local government. Since municipalities grant contractor licenses, you should contact your local government to get details about the contractor licensing process in your area. Different Missouri municipalities have different licensing requirements.
Attain the required experience and education. Depending on the municipality, you may need to provide proof of hours of experience or completion of construction education. Some municipalities, such as Kansas City, require that applicants pass an exam testing their construction knowledge. You can get detailed information on requirements by contacting your municipality.
Get a contractor’s application package. Many municipalities require that you apply for two licenses: a professional contractor’s license and a business or project license. You should expect to include evidence of your experience or training on the professional license and detailed information about your business, partners, employees and sub-contractors on your business or project license.
Gather necessary documentation to meet the application requirements. Requirements differ from municipality to municipality, but you may need to gather detailed information from your business partners, get transcripts or test scores and collect your past business or tax information. In many cases, you may also need to provide proof of professional insurance or produce a surety bond. You may also need to provide information that will allow your municipality’s licensing board to conduct a background check on you.
Submit your application. Once you have completed your application and gathered all of your required supporting documents, submit your application to your municipality’s contractor license granting agency. Keep in mind, though, that even if you get a contractor’s license, you may still need to apply for individual permits for each construction project that you undertake. You should expect to pay set fees for your professional license, business license and any required permits.