Glazier 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 30 states
15th most burdensome licensing requirements
26th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Glazier contractors contract with clients to install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings and tabletops.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not glaziers 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 glazing; the requirements are generally the same as a commercial license, and they are treated the same here.


Thirty states require a general contractor or commercial license for glaziers working on commercial properties. Twelve of those states require at least two years of experience; Connecticut and Arkansas require five. Seventeen states require would-be glaziers to pass one or two tests. In Nevada, it is illegal to install glass without completing a four-year apprenticeship, passing two exams and paying a highest-in-the-nation fee of $1,030. Though nine states only impose a fee, the experience and exam requirements boost general contractor/commercial glaziers to a high burden rank of 15th among occupations studied. Kansas only requires glazier contractors to register with the state.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

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