All persons who perform work as a plumber or offer to engage in the business of plumbing need to be licensed by the State of North Carolina. A general contractors license (for either residential or building construction) is required inside the State of North Carolina (NC) for all projects that exceed $30,000.
Requirements for a North Carolina Plumbing License
In North Carolina anyone that performs work on electrical, plumbing, and HVAC projects will require a license. Tob obtain a plumbing license in North Carolina, all applicants must submit a completed application to get pre-approval from the State Licensing Board to take the exam.
Applicants are further required to have a total of 4000 hours of experience to sit for any single plumbing examination. 2000 hours may include service or maintenance work but you must have a minimum of 2000 hours hands-on work in plumbing installation, layout and design of plumbing systems.
Apply for a North Carolina Plumbers License
An application form for the Carolina Plumbing License can be obtained from the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors. Applications are available either as online downloads or at the address below.
North Carolina State Board of Examiners
1109 Dresser Court
Phone: (919) 875-3612
Work That Can be Done Under This License
The two separate classifications for a North Carolina plumbing license are Class I and Class II.
- A Class I plumbing license is for commercial, residential, industrial and institutional buildings whereas
- A Class II plumbing license is for single family detached residential dwellings only.
Plumbing is deemed and held to be: the system of pipes, fixtures, apparatus and appurtenances, installed upon the premises, or in a building, to supply water theretoand to convey sewage or other waste therefrom.
Licensing and certification requirements for plumbers are usually determined at the state level and tend to vary slightly from state to state. Often, the job of enforcing and regulating these requirements falls to individual municipalities. To check the requirements for a plumbing license in a particular state select your location on the State Licensing Requirements page.