General, Mechanical, Residential Homebuilder and Residential Specialty contractors doing business in the Town are encouraged to register with the Community Development Department. Registration dates coincide with renewal dates for State licensing and registration. Contractors should renew their Town registrations within 30 days of renewal of their state licenses/registrations. A contractor registration form and a copy of your state registration card are required for registration. General Contractors and Residential Homebuilders need to fill out the Homebuilders General Contractor Registration form and Mechanical Contractors will use the Mechanical Contractor Registration form .
The South Carolina Department of Labor and Licensing is responsible for regulating more than 139 occupations and professions in the state.
There are two state entities within the department that regulate contractor licensing. The Residential Builders Commission regulates residential contractors and the Contractors' Licensing Board regulates general contractors.
Residential licenses and registrations are limited to work in residential structures that are no more than 3 stories and no more than 16 units under one roof.
A license or registration from the Residential Builders Commission is issued to the individual. In order to contract for business in a company name, the licensee must own at least 51% of the company. When the licensee does not own at least 51% of the company, the company may apply to the state for a Certificate of Authorization which will allow it to contract for residential business as a company. A COA requires that an individual licensee be employed by the company as the "resident builder in charge" and be responsible for overseeing work in the field.
The Residential Builders Commission issues 3 types of license/registrations.
General and mechanical contractor licenses are valid for both commercial and residential work. A general contractor license is required when the total value of construction exceeds $5,000 for commercial work or work in structures that are over 3 stories or have more than 16 units under one roof. The Town requires a mechanical license for commercial mechanical work regardless of the dollar amount.
The Contractor Licensing Board issues general and mechanical licenses to a company. The company is required to conduct business in the name that is listed on the license.
The company must have a "qualifier" on their payroll to oversee work in the field. Each qualifier must have passed a test in the classification for which the license is issued.
The following are classifications for general contractors:
* The Highway classification "HY" is given to licensees who have passed all of the following exams: AP, CP, BR, GD and HI.
The following are classifications for mechanical contractors:
Air Conditioning AC Electrical EL Heating HT Lightning Protection LP Packaged Equipment PK Plumbing PB Process Piping 1P or 2P*** Refrigeration RG
*** Process Piping is designated as 1P prior to 4/1/99. Those licensed in Process Piping after 4/1/99 is designated as 2P and may not engage in boiler work.
A General Contractors-Building license includes all work under the subclassifications of Wood Frame Structures-Class II, Interior Renovation, Masonry, Pre-engineered Metal Buildings, General Roofing and Structural Shapes. The licensee may perform ancillary work, including grading, if the work is associated with the building or structure under construction.
Mechanical work, Swimming Pools, Bridges, Boring and Tunneling, Water and Sewer Lines, Pipe Lines, Railroad Lines, Specialty Roofing, Marine, Water and Sewer Plants and Asphalt Paving are not covered under General Contractors'- Building licenses. Work in these areas requires a separate license for the subclassification.
Licenses issued by the Contractors' Licensing Board have Financial Group Limitations. The group number limits the dollar amount of the work that can be contracted. The total cost of construction is used to determine the group limitations. There are five groups for general contractors and five groups for mechanical contractors. The following group limitations apply:
A licensee is confined to the limitations of the licensee group and classifications or subclassifications. Licensees may utilize the services of unlicensed subcontractor only within the limitations of the licensee's group and classification or subclassification. The licensee must provide supervision and is fully responsible for any violations.
For further information you can log on to the South Carolina Department of Labor and Licensing at www.llr.state.sc.us or call their licensing information line at (803)896-4686
The Town of Hilton Head Island requires a Trade Certificate for Irrigation Installers. Trade Certificates are issued for one year periods. The fee is initially $25.00 and $10.00 for renewals received by December 31st of each year - $20.00 fee for late renewals.
Anyone doing business within the Town is required to have a Town of Hilton Head Island Business License.