Floor Sander Contractor (General/Commercial)

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing


License required in 29 states
31st most burdensome licensing requirements
35th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Floor sander and finisher contractors contract with clients to scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machines, and they also apply coats of finish.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not floor sanders who work for them. Licensing requirements differ based on the scope of the work. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. In some states, work on commercial properties requires a general contractor's license that is not specific to floor sanding; the requirements are generally the same as a commercial license, and they are treated the same here.


Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia require a general contractor or commercial license for floor sander contractors working on commercial properties. Ten states require experience -- effectively an apprenticeship working for an already-licensed contractor -- ranging from two years in Utah, South Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico to five years in Arkansas. With additional requirements of one to two exams and fees up to $1,030 in the case of Nevada, floor sander contractors are ranked as having the 30th most burdensome licensing requirements. Kansas is the least burdensome state, only requiring registration.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age

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