Industry Resources

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 licensure.
    Residential Basic application
    Residential Light Commercial application
    Additional 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:
    August 22-23, 2017
    September 19-20, 2017
    October 24-25, 2017
    November 14-15, 2017
  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 order form
    Residential Light Commercial license exam books order form

*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.


Economic Information

March 2017
Metrostudy Market Report 1st Quarter 2017

January 2017
Consumer Confidence Survey – January 2017

September 2016
Metrostudy Market Report 3rd Quarter 2016

October 2016 @ The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Economic update – Sadat Karim – October 2016
New Realities In Housing – Domonic Purviance – October 2016

September 2016
Consumer Confidence Survey – September 2016

August 2016
Metrostudy Market Report 2nd Quarter 2016
Atlanta Economic Snapshot reports – August 2016

June 2016
Consumer Confidence Survey June 2016

March 2016
Metrostudy Market Report 4Q15
Consumer Confidence Report 1st Qtr 2016
Economic Data Analysis: Metro Area Snapshot

February 2016
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Presentation

January 2016
Atlanta Housing Trends
Consumer Confidence Report 4thQtr 2015


For more information contact Valerie Siegel at 678-775-1469.