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Iowa Contractors License Information

Contractors Applying For License

All contractors in the state of Iowa need to be registered with the Iowa Division of Labor — and that’s where IASourceLink comes in! We have information on every business license offered within Iowa, and walk you through who to contact, how to obtain that license, and when you’ll need to renew it.

You need to complete the Iowa general contractor registration if you offer construction services in Iowa, and earn more than $2,000 per year doing it. Those construction services include plumbing, mechanical, HVAC, refrigeration, sheet metal, or hydronic systems services. If you make less than $2,000 per year on construction services or if you work only on your own real estate, you don’t need to register.

Certain contractors may be exempt from paying the registration fee if they meet the outlined requirements. To qualify, you must be a self-employed contractor whom doesn’t work with or for other contractors in the same phases of construction, and doesn’t pay over $2,000 per year to employees. Fee exemption only applies to the registration fee, not the license fee.

Find the specific Iowa contractor license you need by visiting our Business License Information Center and entering “contractor” into the Keyword bar, and hitting the “SEARCH” button. There you’ll find the various contractor licenses and find the one that best fits your business.

Apply By Mail 

If you are a construction contractor, you can print and fill out this form to apply for or renew your license by mail.

Customers Looking For a Licensed Contractor

Are you looking for a specific business or a list of contractors registered in the state of Iowa? Search all licensed contractors here.

Contractor Types

Commercial and Institutional Building Construction

Drywall and Insulation Contractors

Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors

Finish Carpentry Contractors

Flooring Contractors

Framing Contractors

Glass and Glazing Contractors

Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

Industrial Building Construction

Land Subdivision

Masonry Contractors

New Housing For-Sale Builders

New Multifamily Housing Construction (except For-Sale Builders)

New Single-Family Housing Construction (except For-Sale Builders)

Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction

Other Building Equipment Contractors

Other Building Finishing Contractors

Other Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors

Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

Painting and Wall Covering Contractors

Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors (May Require Plumber's License)

Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors

Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction

Residential Remodelers

Roofing Contractors

Siding Contractors

Site Preparation Contractors

Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors

Tile and Terrazzo Contractors

Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction

All Other Specialty Trade Contractors

For additional business licensing assistance contact Christine Cavil at blic@iowaeda.com or toll free at 800.532.1216.

Please click the button below to search a complete list of licenses and permits.

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