New Hampshire Contractor License Bond

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What is a New Hampshire contractor license bond?

A contractor license bond ensures that client projects are completed in a timely and lawful manner; otherwise, clients may be reimbursed. 

The contractor licensing and bonding process in New Hampshire is unique. The state doesn’t require contractor licensing for construction or renovation projects. General contractors must check local (city and county) jurisdictions for licensing requirements instead.

Specialty classification contractors, however, may need to become licensed at the state level. Electricians, plumbers, and lead and asbestos abatement professionals must acquire state licenses. For these specialties, the licensing process includes: 

  • Applying to the appropriate board (see next section)
  • Completing exams and education 
  • Paying necessary administration fees

You can find more information on registering your contractor business on the New Hampshire Secretary of State website.

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License and Bond Requirements in New Hampshire

Electrical Contractors

Electrical contractors in New Hampshire aren’t required to obtain a state-issued contractor license but may need a trade license. The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification Electricians’ Board regulates licensing for electrical contractors.

Plumbing Contractors

Plumbing contractors in New Hampshire also need a trade license. The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification Mechanical Safety and Licensing Board administers these licenses.

Lead or Asbestos Abatement Contractors

Lead or asbestos abatement contractors can obtain their trade licenses through the New Hampshire Department of Environment Services

You will find specific information on bonding, insurance, and other licensing requirements for your industry as you complete your respective application process. You can also learn more about how contractor license bonds work in our complete guide.

New Hampshire Local Contractor Resources

In many states where the state government doesn’t regulate contractor licensing, local cities or counties do. However, it’s common in New Hampshire for cities to rely more on permitting than licensing. Applying for a permit in the city or country where you work may fulfill local requirements. 

Local permit offices for major cities are as follows:

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