In Louisiana, those pursuing a contractor license are required to secure a Louisiana Contractor License Bond as a crucial part of the licensing application process. This bond guarantees that contractors in Louisiana will fulfill their responsibilities in construction projects, adhere to state regulations, and provide compensation to the public if they do not comply with Louisiana's licensing standards, resulting in financial losses.
Introducing our comprehensive pricing table for Louisiana Contractor License Bonds in various cities across Louisiana. Below are the details of the Louisiana Contractor license bonds available, their coverage amounts, and starting prices:
The state of Louisiana requires four main contractor types to be licensed and bonded:
It's important to note that registering your contracting business in Louisiana is a prerequisite before applying for a Louisiana contractor license. The process of business registration in Louisiana falls under the responsibility of the Louisiana Secretary of State. There are various business structures available for you to consider, such as:
It's crucial to carefully evaluate which structures align best with your business goals and requirements. While the Secretary of State's office can't guide you in selecting a business structure, they recommend seeking advice from professionals such as tax practitioners, accountants, or attorneys to assist you in making an informed decision.
Here's a description of what each required contractor license in Louisiana covers:
Home Improvement Registration:
Mold Remediation License:
These license categories ensure compliance with specific project types and values, promoting safety and quality standards in Louisiana's construction and remodeling industry.
A single application form is applicable for commercial, residential, and mold remediation licenses. You can access the application form at the Lousiana Contractor Board website. Below is a general list of all the documents you'll need to complete your contractor license application.
Financial Statement (Required for Commercial, Residential, and Mold Remediation applicants)
An independent, unaffiliated accountant should prepare this. The statement must show that the applicant has a net worth of at least $10,000. If not, the applicant can provide alternatives, such as a Louisiana Contractor License bond, letter of credit, or other security to meet the requirement.
Articles of Incorporation/Organization/Partnership Agreement
Certificates of Insurance (Not required for Commercial Applicants/Licensees):
General Liability and Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage are required for Residential, Home Improvement, and Mold Remediation applicants/licensees.
As a reminder, licensing reciprocity occurs when states recognize a license obtained in another state, saving the contractor from completing the entire process of getting a new license. This is like how your driver's license works across different states. You don't need to demonstrate your driving skills each time you travel to a new state because they trust the validity of your license from your home state.
For the state of Louisiana, licensing reciprocity is offered for contractors. Check below what states qualify for licensing reciprocity in Louisiana:
It’s important to note that contractors should not have license violations in their home state within the last three years.
The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors is responsible for overseeing the licensing criteria applicable to contractors working in the state of Louisiana. To contact them for any questions or issues, you may submit a request using this form.
Phone Number: (225) 765-2301
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC)
600 North Street
Baton Rouge, 70802
Indeed, there are consequences for operating as an unlicensed contractor in Louisiana. Here are the potential outcomes if you choose to work without obtaining the required license: