General Contractor-one who undertakes to construct or superintend the construction, alteration, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, remediation, reclamation, or demolition of any building, highway, sewer, structure, site work, grading, paving or project or any improvement in the State of Alabama where the cost of the undertaking including labor and materials is $50,000 or more. Swimming Pool construction of $5,000 or
Subcontractors performing minimum contracts including labor and materials of $50,000 ($5,000 swimming pools) under contract to a licensed prime contractor must be licensed by the board.
It is the duty of the awarding authority to ascertain if a contractor is duly licensed before permitting him to submit a bid or offer to construct a project involving fifty thousand or more ($5,000 for swimming pool contractors). All architects, engineers and awarding authorities shall include notification in their bid specifications that a general contractors license is required before a prime contractor can quality to submit bids in the state of Alabama (§34-8-8). A prime contractor may receive bids from unlicensed subcontractors, however the subcontractor must be licensed before beginning work (§34-8-7).
A prime contractor awarding a subcontract becomes an awarding authority. Consequently, if a contract in the amount of $50,000 ($5,000 swimming pools) or more including material and labor is awarded by an awarding authority to an unlicensed contractor or an unlicensed subcontractor is allowed to begin work, both the awarding authority, contractor,
or subcontractor are in violation and are subject to penalties.
General Contractor Licensing
Chapter 8 of Title 34, Code of Alabama, 1975
as amended. Important sections of the code are
listed below, however to get the latest information, check the
Code of Alabama online at the ALISON system. Go to
click on the tab for the Code of Alabama. Select the View option
and scroll to Code section 34.
Click on a link to view code
- §34-8-1 General Contractor defined
- §34-8-2 Applications for license; fees; classifications
Method of Examination
Revocation of License; charges; hearings
Effect of issuance of certificate of license
Prohibited Acts, Penalties
Exemptions; Subcontractor requirements
- §34-8-8 Awarding Authorities, Architects, Engineers
- §34-8-9 Issuance of Building Permits
Indictment or Complaint
Creation; composition; appointment and removal of members
Oath of Board
Officers; bonds; compensation & expenses; rules &
records and accounts
Register of applicants; roster of contractors; annual report;
investigation & report of complaints.
Distribution of revenue from additional fees to public
institutions of higher education; annual reports to board;
administrative expenses of board.
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