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In the home building and remodeling industries, there are a variety of licenses required and those most often missing in our research are highlighted below as a resource.
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If you need to pull a building permit for a one- or two-family dwelling building or remodeling job in Wisconsin, you need two business credentials from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Dwelling Contractor Credential
The first is called the Dwelling Contractor Credential. You get this credential by submitting an application form, $35, and a certificate of insurance stating that your company has a minimum of $250,000 (per occurrence) of general liability insurance. This credential is held by the company and must be renewed annually.
New! Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Credential
As of January 1, 2008, the second credential you need is called the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Credential. It must be renewed every two years, and it’s held by an individual. That individual can be the company’s owner or partner or an employee of the person who holds the Dwelling Contractor Credential.
Home Construction Services
If your business does NOT pull a permit for your work, but you are providing home remodeling/construction services, your firm is required to obtain a BCR – Building Contractor Registration.
Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Building Contractor Registration from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Click here to apply online for the Building Contractor Registration.
Still not sure which credential/license you need? Click here for a guide.