What do I need (licenses or certificates) to be a out of state contractor that does business in Colorado?
That would depend on what type of work you would be doing.
No state licensing. It is done at the local level.
It is easier to hire a licensed contractor in that state to do the work.
If you are in California or another state you will need work mans comp, insurance to access the building and car insurance to park in the parking lot. It is easier to hire someone local who already has what you need.
Colorado does not have a state license for contractors. Licensing is handled at the local level or county level.
Colorado.gov offers this advice:
To determine whether you will need a license, you must contact the building department in EACH city in which you will have a job. The types of contracting licenses and the requirements for licensure vary a great deal from city to city. Requirements may include an application and license fee, references, proof of experience, examination, bonding, or proof of liability insurance.
If the construction job is in an unincorporated area of a county, you must call the county building department or the county clerk to determine if there are any requirements. The requirements may include building permits, local codes or building inspections.
If doing construction involving streets, water, or sewer lines, contact the local public works department.
NOTE: The only construction trades licensed by the state are electricians and plumbers. General contractors and all other subcontractors are not licensed by the state or federal government; HOWEVER, many of the cities and towns in Colorado do issue contractor's (and subcontractor's) licenses.
For out-of-state corporations to do business in Colorado they must get a Statement of Foreign Entity Authority from the Secretary of State.
I would suggest teaming with an in-state contractor!
Must likely you would need to be licensed where ever you are. That is a must. Depends on what type of work you perform to know if you need a permit.
If I am reading your post correctly, Every Municipality and State set there own guidelines for licencing. Go to the the town clerk were you will be doing the job and ask them what is required. You will need liability Insurance before you can acquire a licence. If you have employees, you will also need workman's comp. for them.
Just take your business cert. to your local municipality or State along with a cert. of insurance and they will issue your licence right on the spot. In some states you can go online to apply.
Hope this helps.
MJ Salese Construction
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