Ohio Business Licensing Information for Contractors


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Ohio Contractor Licensing Information

In order to become a licensed contractor in the state of Ohio, you must be a U.S. citizen over the age of 18, be a tradesman in your specialty for five years under a licensed contractor and be able to show proof of this. Other application requirements are provided by the Department of Commerce and are listed below.

The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) issues licenses to Commercial Contractors for Electrical, HVAC, Hydronics, Plumbing, and Refrigeration. 

Those applying for licensure in the state of Ohio, the following requirements must be met:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a legal alien (and show proof of this)
  • Been a tradesman for 5 years under a licensed contractor, be a registered engineer in Ohio with at least three years of experience in the construction industry for the trade of which you are applying, or possess other relevant experience
  • Not have a conviction of a disqualifying offense
  • Pass the trade’s examination
  • Obtain a minimum contractor liability coverage of $500,000
  • Pay the costs associated with the application, testing and licensure

Once you have received pre-approval by the Licensing Board, you must complete a background check on the state and federal levels before you can take the examination.

The results of this must be sent to the following address:

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Ohio Department of Commerce

Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor

Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB)

6606 Tussing Rd.

P.O. Box 4009

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-9009

The Board can also be reached by phone at: (614) 644-3493. For information regarding background checks, consult the Ohio Attorney General’s website for WebCheck locations.

Ohio Business Licensing Information for Electricians

Ohio Contractor Licensing Information

Through the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board, commercial contractors can obtain licensure for Electrical, Hydronics, Plumbing, Refrigeration and HVAC. All contractors performing this type of work must have a state license in order to do so. Other construction contracting work is licensed by local jurisdictions, but in order to be sure, check for the specific licensing requirements of the city or county of which the work will be done.

In order to obtain a Commercial Contractor’s license in Ohio, you can visit the website for the Ohio Department of Commerce OCILB eLicense Center.

Ohio Business Licensing Information for Plumbers

Ohio Contractor Licensing Information

The OCILB is responsible for commercial licensure for the trades listed: HVAC, Plumbing, Hydronics, Electrical and Refrigeration.

For more details on the application process, read the information provided by the Ohio Department of Commerce.

Additional Business Licensing Information for all Ohio Businesses

Ohio Business and Occupational Licenses

All businesses operating in the state of Ohio are required to register with the Ohio Secretary of State. For a list of required licenses and departments responsible for issuing business licenses and permits, see this website.

Ohio Business Tax Information

In order to operate a business in the state of Ohio, there are requirements that must be met with regard to licenses, permits, income, sales and other related taxes. For more information on your responsibilities regarding taxes, consult the website for the Ohio Business Gateway.

General Tax Information and Forms

For other tax requirements, refer to the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website.

Ohio Insurance Requirements for Businesses

Unemployment Tax Requirements for Ohio Businesses

For the various requirements regarding unemployment insurance and compensation in the state of Ohio, read the information provided by the Department of Job and Family Services.

Workers’ Compensation Requirements for Ohio Businesses

Using the website provided by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, employers and employees can use the portal to file claims, apply for coverage and make payments. Workers’ compensation insurance is required to those businesses that have employees in the state of Ohio.

New Hire Reporting Requirements for Businesses in Ohio

According to the federal and state laws, employers must report all new hires to the Ohio New Hire Reporting Center within a time frame of twenty days of their hire date. Using this website, employers with a few or many new hires can follow the required procedures in the reporting process.

Ohio Licensed Contractors

In order to find out whether or not a contractor is licensed to operate in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s OCILB e-License Center can be searched for accurate licensure information.