Paving Contractor (Residential)

License required by 28 states

49th most burdensome licensing requirements.

48th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Paving contractors contract with clients to apply concrete, asphalt or other materials to road beds, parking lots, or airport runways and taxiways, or to tamp gravel, dirt or other materials.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the paving equipment operators who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Twenty-eight states license paving contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require 329 days of education and experience, $295 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 14 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 49th most burdensome.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Nevada 28 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
2 California 28 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
3 Hawaii 28 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 Arizona 28 $636 1460 4 years 1 0 18
5 New Mexico 28 $318 730 2 years 2 0 18
6 Maryland 28 $433 730 2 years 1 0 18
7 Virginia 28 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
8 Utah 28 $477 733 20 clock hours 2 years 1 0 0
9 South Carolina 28 $50 365 1 years 0 0 0
10 Mississippi 28 $290 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
11 Oregon 28 $385 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
12 Louisiana 28 $460 0 1 0 0
13 Rhode Island 28 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
14 North Dakota 28 $125 0 0 0 18
15 Tennessee 28 $305 0 1 0 0
16 D C 28 $442 0 0 0 0
17 North Carolina 28 $145 0 1 0 0
18 West Virginia 28 $132 0 1 0 0
19 Alabama 28 $350 0 0 0 0
20 Alaska 28 $300 0 0 0 0
21 Connecticut 28 $220 0 0 0 0
22 Washington 28 $113 0 0 0 0
23 New Jersey 28 $110 0 0 0 0
24 Arkansas 28 $50 0 0 0 0
24 Iowa 28 $50 0 0 0 0
24 Pennsylvania 28 $50 0 0 0 0
27 Idaho 28 $35 0 0 0 0
28 Nebraska 28 $0 0 0 0 0

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