Finding a licensed contractor

We explain which types of permit work require a licensed contractor.

Contractors

Hiring a Residential Contractor – what do I need to know?

Licensed contractors are required by law for certain types of permit work. It is unlawful to knowingly enter into a contract with an unlicensed contractor in these situations.

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The City of Minneapolis recently updated its permits and licensing system:

  • We have limited reports available at this time and the list of licensed contractors may not be complete.
  • Contact 311 to verify the license status of a contractor. 
  • We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers. 

Residential building contractors are licensed by the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Permits for any residential construction, remodeling, or roofing projects are issued only to contractors who hold a state license.

Residential building licenses

Residential Building Contractor License

The contractor can construct, remodel, or roof/re-roof a single residence and two-, three-, or four-dwelling structures.

Residential Remodeling License

The contractor can remodel or roof/re-roof a single residence and two-, three-, or four-dwelling structures.

Residential Roofer License

The contractor can roof or re-roof only.

Find a licensed building contractor

The Commerce Department explains how to hire a contractor.

Read Hiring a Residential Contractor

To check the status of a contractor's license or find a licensed contractor, contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. 

Visit the Minnesota Department Of Labor and Industry

Residential Building Contractors – City Licensed

If the contractor does not meet the state requirements listed above, they must obtain a Residential Specialty Contractor  through the City of Minneapolis, Licenses and Consumer Services Division.

Licensed Residential Building Contractors

Electrical Contractors

Electrical contractors and electricians are licensed by the State of Minnesota Electricity Board, 651-284-5064.

How do I find a licensed electrical contractor?

To check the status of a contractor's license or find a licensed contractor, you can go to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Electrical Contactor List.

Mechanical / Heating Contractors

Mechanical /Heating Contractors are licensed by the City of Minneapolis, Licenses and Consumer Services Division, 612-673-2080.

How do I find a licensed mechanical / heating contractor?

The City provides a list of Mechanical contractors .

Plumbing Contractors

Plumbers are licensed by the City of Minneapolis, Licenses and Consumer Services Division, 612-673-2080.

How do I find a licensed plumbing contractor?

The City provides a List of Licensed Plumbers .

Solid Waste Haulers (for Street Use Permits)

Solid Waste Haulers and Wrecking Contractors are the only contractors authorized by City of Minneapolis Ordinance to obtain a permit to place a dumpster on the street in Minneapolis, they are licensed by the City of Minneapolis, Licenses and Consumer Services Division, 612-673-2080.

How do I find a licensed solid waste haulers?

The City provides a list of licensed solid waste haulers.

Wrecking Contractors

Wrecking Contractors are licensed by the City of Minneapolis, Licenses and Consumer Services Division, 612-673-2080.

How do I find a licensed wrecking contractor?

The City provided a list of licensed wrecking contractors.

 

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