The State of Wisconsin has many rules and regulations for contractors. Navigating through which ones apply to your business can be difficult. Permit Path has tried to simplify the information by providing information on the Building Contractor Registration (BCR) which went into effect on July 1, 2009. Once you have determined whether or not you need to be registered, you can proceed to the Contractor Licensing and Certifications section. Due to the extensive number of licenses available, we have only listed the most commonly requested and provided a link to the State of Wisconsin for additional licenses.
Building Contractor Registration (BCR)
Who Needs To Be Registered?
All persons or entities which engage in the construction business or offer to engage in the construction business that affects public buildings, places of employment, one- and 2- family dwellings, public swimming pools, and water attractions unless such person or entity holds a registration issued by the department as a registered building contractor (see below).
Who Doesn't Need To Be Registered?
Businesses having any of the credentials listed below do not need the Building Contractor Registration (BCR):
A dwelling contractor certification.
A dwelling contractor - restricted certification.
A manufactured home manufacturer license.
A manufactured home dealer license.
A manufactured home installer license.
An electrical contractor certification.
An electrical contractor – restricted certification.
An HVAC contractor registration.
An elevator contractor license.
OR a person or entity that works only on real estate or property that they own or lease.
Still not sure if you need to be registered? Click here for a list of examples.
Why is Building Contractor Registration (BCR) required? An explanation direct from the State of Wisconsin.
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Contractor Licensing and Certifications
This license is issued to a business or entity, not an individual. In order to take out a construction or erosion control permit for a one- or two-family dwelling, a contractor will also need to have as an employee, owner, CEO or chairman of the board that possesses the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification.
Dwelling Contractor Qualifier
This license is issued to an individual. In order to take out a construction or erosion control permit for a one- or two-family dwelling, a contractor will also need to have the Dwelling Contractor Certification.
Manufactured Home Installer
Don't see the License you need? Find more applications here.
Miscellaneous Licensing and Registration Info
Verify the Status of a Registration or License
Use these images on all your contracts and bids to meet the new State of Wisconsin regulations.
Building Contractor Image 1 or Building Contractor Image 2