When is a licensed contractor required?

Except as exempted by NC General Statutes 87-1, 87-21, and 87-43 and NC Contractor Licensing Laws, all general construction projects with the value of $40,000 or greater and all trade construction (electrical, mechanical, and plumbing) regardless of value shall be performed by appropriately licensed contractors. 

Being an employee of a licensed contractor does not qualify an individual to do work outside of the business of the employer. 

When a license is required, it is not legal for any person to work as a licensed contractor unless that person is a legitimate employee and under the direction of that licensed contractor. 

It is not legal for any licensed contractor to allow any employee to perform work that requires a license if that work is not directly under his/her control and/or the work is not a legitimate part of the business of that licensed contractor. 

Violations of licensing laws carry significant penalties.

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1. Is the building code in Black Mountain the same building code as Buncoombe County?
2. How do I determine if a permit is needed?
3. What does the Town do if a builder violates the requirements of their permit?
4. Can I start to move in or store furniture in my house before the certificate of occupancy is issued?
5. When will the power company be notified to turn on my power?
6. Where can I get a copy of my certificate of occupancy?
7. When is a licensed contractor required?
8. What happens if a person fails to obtain proper permits, licenses, and inspections?
9. When does a permit expire?
10. Do I need a permit to replace a deck or add a new deck to my house?
11. I want to cover and enclose my existing deck, do I need a permit?
12. Where do I go to get a permit?
13. When is a building permit required?
14. Where can I obtain a copy of the Building Code?
15. How do I request an inspection?
16. Do I need a permit to finish or remodel my upstairs or basement?
17. Am I required to obtain a permit for a fence?
18. Do I need a permit for a storage shed?
19. Do I need a permit to install a pool? Am I required to put a fence around it?
20. How do I hook up to public water and/or sewer service?
21. How do I get a sign permit?
22. How do I verify that a contractor is licensed in the State of NC?
23. How do I submit a complaint on construction work being performed without a permit?
24. Who do I call about asbestos?