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Work requiring a CSL or HIC

Category : Land & Property   Department / Board / Committee : Building Department  Type :Instructions

The table below shows what types of work require a Construction Supervisor License or Home Improvement Contractor Registration, for owner occupied 1-4 family dwellings.  Note that this list may not be current/complete and is subject to change.  Click here for a downloadable and printable version of this list.

Work Requiring a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Registration
 or Construction Supervisor License (CSL)
for Existing Owner Occupied 1- to 4-Family Dwellings
Type of Work (for jobs over $500 each or over $5000/yr total) Do I need to be registered or licensed? Which one? Do I need a Bldg. Permit? Comments
HIC Reg. CSL
Air Conditioning, central. see comments     yes By licensed trades only.
Awnings no       Non structural only.
Carpentry, structural yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Carpentry, trim yes      
Decks yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Demolition yes yes Demo CSL min. + HIC guaranty fund.
Door Replacement yes   maybe BP req’d if exit door or public safety concern.
Door Installation yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Driveways no        
Energy Conservation Devices no       Caulking, thermostats, light bulbs.
Fencing no     maybe BP not req’d if less than six feet high.
Flooring, finish, carpet, tile no     maybe Fire requirements in 3- and 4-family.
Flooring, structural yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Gutters yes      
Heating System, central. see comments     yes By licensed trades only.
Insulation yes yes Insulation CSL + HIC guaranty fund.
Kitchen Cabinets and Shelving yes maybe maybe if public safety concern or not ordinary repair.
Landscaping, routine no        
Locks yes      
Masonry Walls, not retaining no       If no threat to public safety.
Masonry, related to building. yes yes Masonry CSL min.+HIC guaranty fund
Masonry, landscaping no       If no threat to public safety.
Painting, exterior yes      
Painting, interior no        
Patios no        
Plastering yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Plumbing see comments     yes By licensed trades only.
Roofing , minor repairs yes   maybe Dependent on repair size.
Roofing, new or replacement yes yes Roofing CSL + HIC guaranty fund.
Septic System Repairs/Installation see comments     yes Requires Dept. Environmntl Protectn. License
Shed construction yes     Floor area less than 200 square feet.
Sheetmetal/exhaust venting see comments     yes By licensed trades only.
Sheetrock/wallboard yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Shutters no        
Siding yes yes Window/Siding CSL + HIC guaranty fund.
Solar Panels yes yes Licensed plumber or electrician req’d
Solid Fuel Burning Appliance yes yes Appliance CSL+ HIC guaranty fund.
Stairs, exterior yes yes Must pay HIC guaranty fund.
Swimming Pools, above ground. no     yes ANSI/NSPI-4  Design/Construction  Required
Swimming Pools, below ground. yes   yes ANSI/NSPI-5  Design/Construction  Required
Tile no        
Walls, exterior retaining. yes     Less than 4 feet high.
Window Install/Replace yes yes Window/Siding CSL + HIC guaranty fund.
Wiring see comments     yes By licensed trades only.
Note:  This list is incomplete.  It is provided by the BBRS Staff for guidance only.   Revised 8/6/12