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General Construction License Requirements
Greene County requires that all Contractors and Subcontractors shall provide a Signed Sub-Contractor Affidavit for each job performed in Greene County, current state card(s), and a current business license or Occupational Tax Certificate. Permits will not be issued until all paperwork is on file in the Building and Zoning Department.
The following contractors and/or subcontractors are required to hold a current state license:
- Conditioned Air Contractor
- Low Voltage Contractor
- Residential Contractor
- Residential Basic Contractor
- Residential - Light Commercial Contractor
- General Contractor
Contractors &/or Subcontractors Detail
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-14-8 any person conducting business as an electrician, plumber, or conditioned air contractor shall hold the appropriate license issued by the Secretary of State’s office.
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-14-8.1 (b) No person shall engage in alarm system, general system, or telecommunication system low-voltage contracting unless such person has a valid license therefor from the Division of Low-voltage Contracting.
According to O.C.G.A. 43-14-2 Definitions (8.1) "General system" means any electrical system, other than an alarm or telecommunication system, involving low-voltage wiring.
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-42-2 (9) "Residential contractor" means any contractor who may contract for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor requiring licensure under this chapter for a fixed price, commission, fee, wage, or other compensation or who undertakes any activity or work on his or her own behalf or for any person or business organization that is not licensed as a licensed residential contractor pursuant to this chapter where such activity or work falls into the category of residential-basic contractor or residential-light commercial contractor as defined in this code section and where the total value of the work or activity or of the compensation to be received by the contractor for such activity or work, whichever is the higher, exceeds $2,500. The term "residential contractor" shall include both a residential-basic contractor and a residential-light commercial contractor, except where otherwise expressly stated. The work or activity performed by a residential contractor may include within its scope any work requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title; provided, however, that any work contractually undertaken by a residential contractor in the nature of electrical contracting, plumbing, conditioned air contracting, low-voltage contracting, or utility contracting which falls within the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title may not be performed by the residential contractor but shall only be performed by a person who is duly licensed to perform such work under Chapter 14 of this title.
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-41-2 (10) any person who performs contractor work or activity relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height and their accessory buildings and structures must have a Residential Basic Contractor license issued by the Secretary of State’s office.
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-41-2 (11) "Residential-light commercial contractor" means and encompasses a person who performs any contractor work or activity performed by a residential-basic contractor and, additionally, shall include such contractor work or activity related to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures, and their related accessory buildings and structures, which are less than four stories in height; less than 25,000 square feet in aggregate interior floor space, except as otherwise provided in this chapter; and are constructed of wood or light gauge metal frame, brick veneer, prefabricated, or manufactured type of construction; or are pre-engineered steel buildings not exceeding 50,000 square feet of interior floor space; provided that such buildings or structures are not of the type of building or structure that would constitute a special hazard to property or to life and safety of persons as defined in subparagraphs (A), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (G.1), (H), (I), and (J) and subparagraph (B), as it applies to a building of four or more stories, of paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code section 25-2-13.
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-41-2 (5) "General contractor" means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may do, subject to the financial limitations as may be imposed by a subclassification created pursuant to paragraph (8) of subsection (b) of Code section 43-41-5, and who may contact for, undertake to perform, submit a bid or a proposal or otherwise offer to perform, and perform any activity or work as a contractor requiring licensure under this chapter including within its scope any work requiring licensure under Chapter 14 of this title; provided, however, that any work contractually undertaken by a general contractor in the nature of electrical contracting, plumbing, conditioned air contracting, low-voltage contracting, or utility contracting which falls within the licensing requirements of Chapter 14 of this title may not be performed by the general contractor but shall only be performed by a person who is duly licensed to perform such work under Chapter 14 of this title. Th e construction of all private, commercial, institutional, industrial, public, and other buildings and structures under contract with or engagement directly by an owner shall be undertaken by a general contractor, except as otherwise expressly set forth in or excluded from operation of this chapter.
In accordance with O.C.G.A 43-41-17 (h) Nothing in the chapter shall preclude any person from constructing a building or structure on real property owned by such person which is intended upon completion for use or occupancy solely by that person and his or her family, firm, or corporation and its employees, and not for use by the general public and not offered for sale or lease. In so doing, such person may act as his or her own contractor personally providing direct supervision and management of all work not performed by licensed contractors. However, if, under this subsection, the person or his or her family, firm, or corporation has previously sold or transferred a building or structure which had been constructed by such person acting without a licensed residential or general contractor within the prior 24 month period, starting from the date on which a certificate of occupancy was issued for such building or structure, then such person may not, under this subsection, construct another separate building or structure without having first obtained on his or her own behalf an appropriate residential or general contractor license or having engaged such a duly licensed contractor to perform such work to the extent required under this chapter, or it shall be presumed that the person, firm, or corporation did not intend such building solely for occupancy by that person and his or her family, firm, or corporation. Further, such person may not delegate the responsibility to directly supervise and manage all or any part of the work relating thereto to any other person unless that person is licensed under this chapter and the work being performed is within the scope of that person’s license. In any event, however, all such work must be done in conformity with all other applicable provisions of this title, the rules and regulations of the board and division involved, and any applicable county or municipal resolutions, ordinances, codes, permitting, or inspection requirements.