Tennessee

Licensing (prime and subcontractor and PV) 

For projects $25,000 and more, a Tennessee state contractor’s license is required by the prime contractor (one contracting directly with the owner), as well as any electrical subcontractor.

CE (Electrical) classification is acceptable for installing solar systems.

A contractor with a specialty “S-Solar Panel Installation” classification may contract to perform the work, however, a properly licensed electrical subcontractor must be hired to perform the electrical inspections and obtain permits for inspections

For projects less than$25,000, a local journeyman/master electrician’s license is required by the electrical subcontractor to permit for inspections.

In areas without a license local agency, a state Limited Licensed Electrician (LLE) license is acceptable to permit for inspections.

If you have a CE state contractor’s license, you will not be required to retake the local license exam, but will need to pay their permit and local licensing fees.

The Board assigns “specialty” licensed based upon experience, and uses this information with their financial statement to determine the size (monetary limit) of projects they may perform.  A “specialty” license does not have a trade exam and requires only the Business and Law exam, as well as the rest of the state licensing requirements.

As with any sized projects, you must fulfill local code requirements for permits and inspections.  Each jurisdiction has their own process before allowing work to be performed in their county/city.

More than one classification may be obtained on a state contractor’s license.

Licensing (Solar thermal)

For projects $25,000 or more, a Tennessee state contractor’s license is required by the prime contractor (one contracting directly with the owner), as well as any plumbing subcontractor

CMC or CMC-A (Mechanical or Plumbing) classification is the acceptable contractors license classification.

As with any size project, you must fulfill local code requirements for permits and inspections. Each jurisdiction has their own process before allowing work to be performed in their county/city.

A local license is required regardless of the amount of the project; this type of local licensing is referred to as journeyman/master, etc.  Every jurisdiction is different and you must adhere to their local requirements.

In municipalities without a local codes office, the state performs inspections for residential projects through the Division of Fire Prevention.

For projects less than $25,000, a local journeyman/master plumber’s license is required by the plumbing subcontractor to permit for inspections.

Plumbers would need a Limited Licensed Plumbers (LLP) state license or if you have a state contractors CMC or CMC-A license, you will not be required to take the local plumbing exam, but you will need to pay their permit and local licensing fees.

Resources:  Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

 

 

 

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