Terrazzo 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
29th most burdensome licensing requirements
34th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Terrazzo workers and finishers apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment or marble chips to floors, stairways and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.

Typically, only terrazzo contractors require licenses, not those 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 terrazzo finishing; 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 or registration for terrazzo contractors working on commercial properties, though most demand only fees or a minimum age. Ten states, however, set experience requirements, ranging from two years in Virginia, Utah, South Carolina and New Mexico to five years in Arkansas. Fifteen states require one or two exams.

The occupation has the 29th most burdensome entry requirements of those studied.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age

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