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I am performing construction work where my contract involves labor only. Do I need a contractor’s license with the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors?

Subcontractors who perform labor only and do not bid on or manage projects may be required to hold a contractor’s license or a home improvement registration with our board. Licensure requirement is determined by the type of project and the total project amount. (Total project value = the law requires that the cost of labor and materials be combined to assess the total project amount, no matter who supplies the materials.)

Subcontract labor only MUST be in contract with a licensed contractor. They may not contract with an owner.

For commercial projects, if the total project amount exceeds $50,000, a contractor’s license is required. For home improvement projects, if the total project amount exceeds $7,500 but not exceeding $75,000, a home improvement registration is required.

NOTE: There are no licensing requirements for labor only subcontractors performing work on new residential construction projects.

For labor only subcontractors on commercial projects, LSLBC has a specialty classification called Furnishing Labor Only. There is no trade exam required for this specialty classification.

To obtain a commercial license with the Furnishing Labor Only classification, the subcontractor must:

  • Complete the online Commercial license application, found by clicking HERE
  • Upload the necessary documents and pay the fees
  • Complete the online Business and Law course (required for all license applicants)
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