License Requirements

Hawaii Contractor License Requirements

The state of Hawaii requires that general engineering, general building contractors and specialty contractors to be licensed. As well, to do business in Hawaii he or she must have a business license.

Licensees require the following:

  • Documented proof of workers' compensation insurance
  • Documented proof of insurance.
  • Bodily injury liability - $100,00 for each person,
  • Bodily injury - $300,000 for each occurrence
  • Property damage liability - $50,000 for each occurrence
  • Address of business in Hawaii - a post office box is not acceptable
  • Have to pass an exam on business, law, and a trade

Electrical Contractor License

To do electrical work in Hawaii requires a contractor license.

Supervising Electrician

  • Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker electrician or equivalent

Journey Worker Electrician

  • Five (5) years but not less that 10,000 hours of all aspects of electrical wiring work, primarily involved in residential and commercial wiring

Supervising Industrial Electrician

  • Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker industrial electrician or equivalent

Journey Worker Industrial Electrician

  • Five (5) years but not less that 10,000 hours of industrial wiring work

Maintenance Electrician

  • One (1) year electrical maintenance wiring work or two (2) years electrical trade schooling

Supervising Specialty Electrician

  • Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker specialty electrician or equivalent

Journey Worker Specialty Electrician

  • Five (5) years of specialty wiring work

Plumber Contractor License

To do plumbing work in Hawaii requires a contractor license.

Master Plumber

  • Two (2) years experience as a licensed journey worker plumber or equivalent

Journey Worker Plumber

  • Five (5) years but not less that 10,000 hours of all aspects of plumbing work in compliance with the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)
The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs also issues a contractor license in each of these specialty trades:

  • General engineering
  • Painting & decorating
  • General building
  • Pile driving, drilling, foundation
  • Acoustical & insulation
  • Plastering
  • Mechanical insulation
  • Plumbing
  • Asphalt paving and surfacing
  • Irrigation & lawn sprinkler systems
  • Asphalt concrete patching, sealing,
  • striping
  • Refrigeration
  • Boiler, hot water heating, steam fitting Reinforcing steel
  • Cabinet, millwork, carpentry remodeling
  • & repairs
  • Roofing
  • Siding application
  • Wood shingles & shakes
  • Carpentry framing
  • Scaffolding
  • Carpet laying
  • Sewer, sewage disposal, drain,
  • pipe laying
  • Cesspool
  • Reconditioning, repairing pipeline
  • Drywall
  • Sheet metal
  • Structural steel
  • Sign contractor
  • Swimming pool
  • Electronic systems
  • Swimming pool service
  • Fire and burglar alarm
  • Concrete and clay tile
  • Elevator
  • Ventilating, air conditioning
  • Conveyor systems
  • Waterproofing
  • Excavating, grading, trenching
  • Welding
  • Fire protection
  • Well
  • Dry chemical fire repressant systems
  • Pumps installation
  • Flooring
  • Solar energy systems
  • Glazing & tinting
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Gunite Pole & line
  • Landscaping
  • Stone masonry
  • Tree trimming, removal
  • Ornamental, guardrail, fencing
  • Masonry
  • Cement concrete
  • Play court surfacing
  • Garage door installation
  • Asbestos
  • Glass tinting
  • Building moving and wrecking
  • Institutional and commercial equipment
  • Hydro mulching
  • Refractory
  • Tuckpointing and caulking
  • Classified specialist
  • Wall coverings
  • Taping
  • Surface treatment
  • Soil stabilization
  • Lathing
  • Vacuum and air systems
  • Water chlorination
  • Treatment and pumping facilities
  • Fuel dispensing
  • Post tensioning
  • Prefabricated refrigerator panels
  • Aluminum shingles
  • Cement and clay tile
  • Urethane foam
  • Wood and vinyl fencing
  • Roof coatings
  • Gutters
  • Awnings and patio cover
  • Steel door
  • Hot tub and pool
  • Tile
  • Pole
  • Cultured marble
  • Terrazo
  • High voltage electrical
  • Solar power systems
  • Injection well
  • Solar heating and cooling systems
  • Sewer and drain line
  • Concrete cutting, drilling, sawing, coring, pressure grouting

To qualify for the exam the Department requires for a contractor license an applicant needs four (4) years of full-time supervisory work experience as a journeyman, supervisor, foreman or contractor within the last ten (10) years. You can use Board-approved training for up to one (1) year of work experience.

Consumers are advised to check for additional local municipal contractor license requirements as contractor laws can differ from county to county. It is also advisable to double check with the state's requirements before hiring a contractor.

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