Becoming a Building Contractor
Becoming a Building Contractor
The City of Sioux Falls requires a Residential Building Contractor's License of all contractors doing work on residential 1- & 2-family dwellings and townhomes within the city limits. Any construction work done on residential homes that would require a building permit, would require the contractor obtain this license. This work includes, but is not limited to: building of sheds and decks, shingles, sheetrock replacement, replacing of exterior doors or windows, basement finishing, new construction, etc. Homeowners are not required to obtain a license, but must acquire building permits and any applicable homeowners permits and would be responsible for building code compliance and obtaining required inspections.
In order to acquire this license, the contractor must first take and pass the Construction Supervisor Examination. This examination is a timed, open book test based on the City of Sioux Falls Residential Code Handbook, which you will receive upon application for exam (This book is also available for purchase for $10.00). There is a $75.00 examination fee due upon application. This exam is offered once per month. Please review the examination application (2B25015 link on right) for more information as well as the exam schedule.
Once the "Construction Supervisor" has taken and passed the exam, he or she can then apply for the Residential Building Contractor’s License. Upon application the Construction Supervisor must submit a $20,000 Compliance Bond, a minimum of $300,000 general liability insurance and the appropriate license fees within 90 days of examination. Please review the license application (2B25001 link on right) and information sheet (2B25023 link on right) for more information.
Also available to individuals who have taken and passed exam is the Inactive Construction Supervisor License (2B25003 link on right). This license does not allow you to do work as a contractor, but does allow you to hold a current license with the city, allowing you to reinstate your Residential Building Contractor’s license without being required to re-test.
Construction Supervisors must provide at least one hour of continuing education during each license cycle. When attending a course for the continuing education requirement, the course instructor must sign the Continuing Education Certificate (2W25016 link on the right) and this certificate must be submitted for approval.
The City of Sioux Falls does not require a license for a contractor doing work on commercial projects, but does require each individual project go through the plan review process and acquire the proper permits. Apartment buildings, although residential in nature, are considered "commercial" in regard to construction purposes. Download the Plan Review Application Form from the link on the right or contact 605-367-8248 for more information regarding plan review and building permits.
For more information, you may contact Building Services at:
- Licensing: 605-367-8672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Plans Examiners: 605-367-8248
- Building Inspectors: 605-367-8251
Building Contractors FAQs
You will receive your residential code book when you apply for examination.
Yes, any construction work done on residential homes that would require a building permit, would require the contractor obtain this license. This work includes, but is not limited to: building of sheds and decks, shingles, sheetrock replacement, replacement of exterior doors or windows, basement finishing, new construction, etc.
If you are doing work that would not require a building permit (floor coverings like tile or carpet, or painting, cabinets, etc), you would not be required to obtain this license. If you have any questions regarding whether a particular job would require a permit or license, please feel free to contact us using this information listed below.
Separate licenses are required for each field (building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical). There are examinations required for each field. Electrical and plumbing also require state licenses before applying for examination with the city.
Under no circumstances is a Residential Building Contractor allowed to do any electrical, plumbing or mechanical work unless they also hold the appropriate, additionally required, licenses.
Yes, you can take the exam every 30 days, there is no required waiting period between available exam dates. The examination fee must paid with each test.
- License Information Change Authorization
- Plan Review Application
- 2B25023 - Information Sheet for Residential Building Contractor's License
- 2B25015 - Residential Construction Supervisor Examination Application, Instructions, and Testing Dates
- 2B25001 - Application for Residential Building Contractor's License (Construction Supervisor)
- 2B25003 - Inactive Construction Supervisor Application
- 2W25020 - Continuing Education Certificate Application