Contractor and/or Trade License Requirements

License Application Information

Licenses and applications for contractors, tradesmen and apprentices are available through Risk Reduction. To apply online or download an application, see all available licenses and permits.

General Contractor License Requirements

General contractor license requirements are established by city ordinance.
  • The City of Manhattan accepts the following licenses: Commercial (A), Combination (B), Residential (C).
  • The applicant must provide proof of a minimum score of 75% on the Prometric or International Code Council.
  • The applicant must also provide proof of a commercial general liability insurance policy with minimum limits of $500,000 for each occurrence and $500,000 general aggregate.
  • Apply for a general contractor's license

Trade License/Apprentice Requirements

Testing Information

For information about testing through Prometric, go to or call 800-280-3926.
2021 National Exam Schedule and Registration Form

For information about testing through the International Code Council (ICC), visit the ICC website
or call 877-234-6082. 

Continuing Education

Twelve (12) hours of approved continuing education is required to renew plumbing, gas, mechanical and electrical licenses. Beginning with the 2021 license renewal, general contractors are required to have 12 hours of continuing education hours as well.  Any person in the full time employment of the GC company may obtain the hours. The hours shall be submitted at time of renewal and must have been acquired during the two years prior to renewal; six of the hours are to be code book related. Class completion certificates are required for proof of hours. Good websites to view classes are and