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Ohio Residential Contractor License Requirements

Author: Better Business Bureau

The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) licenses Commercial Contractors for the following trades: Electrical, HVAC, Hydronics, Plumbing, and Refrigeration.

Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Phone: 614-644-3493
Fax: 614-728-1200

The OCIILB does not license Residential Contractors nor do they license General Contractors. Currently, there is no statewide license requirement for Residential Contractors.

What to do if you have a complaint
OCILB accepts complaints against licensed specialty contractors and unlicensed specialty contractors. However, OCILB may not have authority over residential contractors. If you have a complaint concerning workmanship and code compliance against a residential contractor you may be able to get assistance from your local Building Inspector. The Local Building Inspection Department sometimes requires residential contractors to be licensed in your area, or may require them to obtain certain building permits. If you live in the Greater Cincinnati area, you can find your local Building Inspector here. In areas without a local Building Inspection Department office, or for complaints regarding other issues, you can contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office (Consumer Protection Section) at 1-800-282-0515 for further assistance.

Don’t forget, BBB is also here to help. We offer complaint resolution services free of charge. Consumers can fill out a complaint quickly and easily online, and it can be done for all types of businesses. You can submit your complaint online here.

Want to Learn More?
If you want to learn more about the Residential, General Contracting, or General Construction industry, BBB offers expert advice on a variety of home improvement topics. Be sure to check out our resource library and sign up for our consumer newsletter, Dollars & Sense. To read our review of a specific business, search BBB’s website to find the company’s BBB Business Review.

Questions and Comments

Question Submitted 11/6/2013

I have a question about the building inspector. I recently contacted the building department to report several jobs in my area completed and being worked on by a contractor who was unlicensed to do these trades(electrical, plumbing metc..) one job this particular inspector inspected and I told him the electrical was done by this contractor without the proper licenses and permits. instead of helping me as a concerned citizen he actually called the contractor and warned him, gave him my name and said I was trying to cause trouble. I am sure this is an ethics violation. do you have any idea who I need to contact on the state level to file my complaint against this building inspector.thank you.

BBB's Answer:

If you have not already done so, you may wish to contact the head of your building inspector's office to explain the situation you have encountered.  If unsuccessful, the Ohio Board of Building Standards (a division of the Ohio Department of Commerce) certifies county, township and municipal building departments.  They may be able for further assist you.  

Question Submitted 8/16/2017

So you can do electrical work as long as it's in the residential trade not commercial? I'm a journeyman electrician that is looking to do residential (wiring new homes, service) and just started a LLC. So I wouldn't need a license to be a residential electric contractor? Thanks

BBB's Answer:

That is correct. In the State of Ohio you only have to be licensed for Commercial work. 

However in the State of Kentucky you would need to be licensed for both commercial and residential work. 

Views expressed on this page are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Better Business Bureau.

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