Construction contractors won’t be licensed through the state of Pennsylvania. Asbestos Accreditation and Certification Act requires certification for asbestos and lead abatement work. For further information, use the contact information below:

Bureau of Occupational & Industrial Safety

Construction Contractors are not licensed in Pennsylvania. However the Department of Transportation has certain requirements for public works contractors.

You will need a certificate or license to perform asbestos abatement work in Pennsylvania.

How to Obtain a Contractor License Within Pennsylvania

Contractors won’t be licensed at a state level. However, many of the local municipalities will require licensure. Be sure to check with your local county or city for further regulations.

You must refer to the department of labor and industry if you wish to obtain an asbestos certification.

Experience, Exam, and Education Requirements: Are There Any to Obtain a Pennsylvania License?

An asbestos abatement certification will require you to successfully complete a training course regarding the Pennsylvania regulations and laws for asbestos, as well as passing the written part of the exam, which will be given and approved by the department.

Each general contractor will need to check with the local city or county municipality for further requirements and regulations.

Contractor Continued Education: Does Pennsylvania Require This?

Each general contractor will need to check in with their local county or city municipality for further regulations. The renewal for the asbestos abatement will be each year and it will have a requirement to finish continued education.

NASCLA Commercial Contractor: Is This Accredited License Accepted in the State of Pennsylvania?


General Contractor, Commercial Contractor License: Is This a Requirement in Pennsylvania?

It is beneficial to check with your local county or city for requirements and regulations.

Reciprocity with other states? 

Check with your local county and city for further requirements. The Department can certify for asbestos occupation for a person who has already received certification from another state, but they would need to check the county and city for general contractor requirements or regulations.

The following are the regulations for some of the larger cities in the state of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, PA

General Contractors who reside in Philadelphia, PA are required to have a license from the city when working on projects worth $500 or more.  Licenses are given out by the Department of Licenses and Inspection.  To receive a license, contractors must prove that they hold:

  • Business Tax Identification Number
  • Worker’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability Insurance
  • Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance
  • Comprehensive General Liability Insurance
  • Commercial Activity License

Pittsburgh, PA

The Bureau of Building and Inspection (BBI) protects the residents in the City of Pittsburgh by having a requirement for all General Contractors to hold a license.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.  

In addition to filling out the application, contractors will be required to prove that they have:

  • General Liability Insurance must have a minimum limit of $300,000
  • An Affidavit of Exemption and Worker’s Compensation Insurance if the contractor does not employ any workers
  • Obtain a City Tax ID Certificate from the City Finance Department

Allentown, PA

Before starting any work on a construction project in the City of Allentown, PA, contractors will be required to obtain a building permit.  In addition to having a building permit, each contractor will be required to go through an inspection from the city’s zoning office.

Erie, PA

The Department of Building regulates General Contractors who reside in the city of Erie, PA.  The Department will also be responsible for approving, inspecting, and reviewing building permits for commercial and residential contractors.  Building permits protect the public and make sure that general contractors work and operate under construction regulations and codes set forth by the city.

Reading, PA

The City of Reading, PA requires each contractor to hold a building permit from the Building and Trades Office before beginning work on any construction project.  Also, contractors will be required to obtain approval for land and zoning development.

Question: How do I register my construction company in Pennsylvania? 

 Register your Pennsylvania Business With:

Pennsylvania Secretary of State
Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organization 401 North Stre
Harrisburg, PA 17120


(717) 787-1057


What forms do I need to register my new company in Pennsylvania?

Register your Business in Pennsylvania                 

Forms   Tax Forms  


Question: How do I look up a company in Pennsylvania or see if a company name is available to register?  

Answer: Use this link to see if your company name is available in Pennsylvania Entity Search