ASK THE BUSINESS LICENSE GURU

By David Yount

Question:

“Do I need a roofing license to do work in Arizona? What if I am already licensed in another state?”

Answer:

Yes. In Arizona you will need to be licensed with the State of Arizona Registrar of Contractors (ROC); Roofing is considered a specialty classification. The ROC was established in 1931 to promote quality construction by Arizona contractors through a licensing and regulatory system designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. A contractor’s license is issued for two years and must be renewed biennially. The specialty classification you would need will depend on whether you are doing residential work, commercial work or both. The specialty licensing classifications are further broken down into specific types of work. For example, "foam and foam panel roofing" is a separate classification than "roofing shingles and shakes".

Arizona requires an examination for the specialty classifications as well as an Arizona Business Management examination.

If you are already licensed in another state te ROC might not require you to take the examination. The ROC exercises license reciprocity with the California, Nevada and Utah State License Boards subject to certain limitations. The ROC retains the right to require a trade examination by any applicant/qualifier, regardless of current or previous licensure in the reciprocal state. The ROC will provide you with timely notification of pertinent changes that may affect the reciprocity agreement in any way, including but not limited to: changes in exam requirements, changes in experience requirements, classification consolidations ore deletions. Arizona may waive trade examinations for all licensed California, Utah and Nevada contractors in license classifications equivalent to those of Arizona. All applicants shall be required to pass the Arizona Business Management examination. In order to qualify for reciprocity you must meet specific qualifications by the ROC which can be found on the ROC website.

In addition to obtaining a contractors license you will be required to submit with your application;

  1. surety bond
  2. financial statement
  3. original score report from taking the trade examination
  4. Arizona Certificate of Authority (which requires registering your business with the Secretary of State)
  5. Arizona Good Standing Certificate, and
  6. Proof of Workers' Compensation

You might also be required to file for sales tax, withholding tax and unemployment insurance.

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