Does a steel supplier/manufacturer need diffrent licenses for every states? I am researching the licensing issue for steel fabricator.

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Posted by: from Suwanee
6/28/2012 at 1:54:36 PM

Honestly, I am working as an intern at steel LLC inc at GA. one of my supervisor gave me a task to research the license issues in each states (specially, in CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, NM, AZ, HI, AK, CO, MT, WY, ID).

This company is not general contractor company, most of jobs are subcontracting steel fabrication. sometimes we erect those steel, but most of time we hire erectors to install steel on the job site.

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Kent from Morris Pressure Washing in Newalla
Date/Time6/28/2012 at 3:14:52 PM

Only if your installing.

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Henry from Classe Designs in Saint Louis
Date/Time6/28/2012 at 3:47:34 PM

The first step is to define your company. What you are doing in some states may be considered a general contractor. This information is Internet available.

Some states have a general contractors license and some counties or cities.

Some states, counties and cities will recognize by reciprocity an out of state, county or city, etc. license. Also some states require tests be taken and passed. Check the State of Illinois.

Other areas have no such license requirements but control construction through code enforcement.

Here is what you do:

1. When ever estimating a job or quoting work find the city, county, state (governing body). Simply

call the building department and ask them what the requirements are.

2. If you have a product like a carport most building departs will accept sealed engineering drawing from a licensed profession (or specifications). They will review them as to how the specification fit into their regional application. IE snow loads, rainfall, soil strength etc. They will then approve or approve with limitation and enter your company in a data base. Anyone subcontractor, contractor that applies for

a permit only needs to specify the product already approved and it will be accepted.

3. When requesting estimate from proposed subcontractors, or owners (the owner is usually held responsible for permits) tell them to request licensing requirements on your part.

4.. Have your lawyer draw up boiler plate contracts to release you of liabilities.

5.. Contact your insurance company and give them the details of what you are doing and request them

to furnish requirements of being insured in the area where the product is to used.

I hope this helps.


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Date/Time6/28/2012 at 3:57:20 PM

No licenses required in any of these states for steel fabrication.

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Date/Time6/28/2012 at 4:13:40 PM

A steel supplier/manufacturer does not need a license to sell steel that i am aware of in Massachusetts, i beleive the steel has to be approved at some type of engineering level by the federal government for construction.

If you meant a "Sheet Metal Contractor" one who does sheet metal fabrication and installation, then yes, at least in MA, you need to be licensed to both work on sheet metal, and contract sheet metal work.

It falls under the "Sheet Metal Workers Board of Registration", similiar to the "Plumbers and Gas Fitters board of Registration". Not sure what other states standards are, they vary.

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Lorn from L&L Handymen in LA Porte
Date/Time7/4/2012 at 12:47:44 AM

Well, that all depends on the state you're opperating in. Each state has different laws concerning contractors and licences, So You'll need to reasearch each state individually.

Hope this helps!

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