Builder License Information

 Residential and General Contractor Licensing Information

Links to important websites and more information in regards to licensing:
Check the status of your application with the Secretary of State’s office
Look up your license with the Secretary of State
Frequently Asked Questions about the State of Georgia Residential Construction Licensing
Georgia Residential Licensing Renewals and Continuing Education Rule

The Georgia General Assembly created the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors in 2004 to regulate individuals engaged in construction contracting.

There are 3 types of licenses available through the Licensing Board:
1. Residential Basic
2. Residential Light Commercial
3. General Contractor

Click here for definitions and a comparison of license types.
Click here
to read the licensing law.
Click here to read the Rules and Regulations for the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors.

(Work costing less than $2,500 does not require the services of a state licensed contractor.)

Steps to obtain a Residential Builder license:

  1. Apply to the State for a license.
    Click here to access the Secretary of State’s license applications.
  1. Applicants for licensure must pass a two-part examination covering the license they are attempting to obtain, and business and law.
    Information about the exam
    Candidate Information Bulletin
  1. Register for a licensing exam prep course. The Greater Atlanta HBA offers a prep course monthly.
    Licensing Exam Prep Course dates:
    September 25-26, 2018
    October 23-24, 2018
    November 13-14, 2018
    December 18-19, 2018
  2. Purchase the books for the open book exam. The Greater Atlanta HBA has an updated list of the books allowed for the exam and sells them.
    Residential Basic license exam books
    Residential Light Commercial license exam books
    Please contact the Education department when you are ready to purchase the exam books: or 678-775-1469

For questions about the State licensing program, contact the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association Education Department:

*All licensing information is provided as a voluntary service to the members of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The information provided herein is based on the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association staff’s understanding of the application requirements of those laws and regulations. GAHBA staff are not lawyers and are not providing legal advice. All person(s) reviewing this information are responsible, individually or with the assistance of their legal counsel, for complying with those laws and regulations.