Tennessee Licensing Overview for a General Contractor

Licensing for a general contractor in Tennessee is controlled by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

General Guidelines for a General Contractor in Tennessee

Specific requirements to perform general contractor services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?


General requirements for a general contractor license?

You are required to hold a license before negotiating or bidding for projects amounting to more than $25,000. This applies to any contractor who performs installation, construction, or repair of buildings, highways, land, public utilities, etc.

• Show proof of at least 3 years of relevant work experience.
• Audited financial statements.
• Pass business, trade, and law exams.

What’s the state licensing site for a general contractor?

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

What are some training programs available for a general contractor?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

What are fees associated with licensing?

Check with local governing body for updated details.