How to Get Your General Contractor’s License in Missouri

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As the official “Show Me State,” Missouri living could appeal to anyone. There’s an abundance of lakes and rivers, parks, great food, diverse culture, and more. Best of all, it’s a rather affordable state, particularly in real estate!

Speaking of affordability and housing, are you hoping to work in the construction industry in the State of Missouri? If so, obtaining your general contractor’s license will occur at a local level, rather than statewide.

Generally, many people hope to be general contractors if pursuing work in construction, as the role coordinates the step-by-step process of building a project from the ground up. General contracting is a great way to get established. 

No matter which Missouri city you’re living in, you will have to apply for local approval in general contracting. Statewide licenses aren’t offered.

Make sure to do extensive research on your own city’s requirements first if you’re thinking about applying for a general contractor’s license. In this particular guide, we’ll focus on the differences between getting your general contractor’s license in Kansas City versus St. Louis.

Knowing which city holds which requirements can hopefully make things a bit easier for you.

At OnePointe Solutions, no matter the city you do business or get licensed in, we can still help you with your various projects. From supplying you with stainless steel, metal cabinets, and laminate casework to epoxy resin worksurfaces, custom workbenches, and more! We’ve got you covered.

Job Description: General Contractor

General contractors are essential on any construction site, as they manage the projects and tasks by providing all the materials and labor. You must gain expert knowledge of the construction industry and acquire organizational skills for this position. 

Understand the whole construction process and industry before considering the general contractor’s application process. As you’ll place bids on future projects and eventually collaborate with construction estimators, you’ll want to thoroughly prepare yourself.

Anticipate any potential issues that could happen during construction. All estimated costs should be considered as well. 

After your bid offer goes through, you must attend regular site visits, secure permits, hire subcontractors, and purchase equipment for the job site. Every general contractor has a preference for day-to-day tasks.

On the basis of a bid, let’s say one was created and accepted for a daycare center. For this kind of job, we can provide the general contractor with plastic laminate cabinets and/or metal cabinets depending on the needs of the daycare.

In addition, we can make custom school cubbies for children’s items to be hung and kept organized. For worksurfaces, we have a range of options including laminate, stainless steel, epoxy resin, phenolic resin, maple block, and even solid surface.

Not to mention we can provide durable seating for staff, design a breakroom, and manufacture quality tables for kids to play on, do projects, and more. When you come to OnePointe Solutions, we help you get the job done.

Coming back to a general contractor’s work preferences, some work on-site during a project’s construction, while others allow on-site managers to oversee construction. Regardless of preference, monitoring the safety and efficiency of a construction site should always be a general contractor’s highest priority.

General contractors handle the following: 

  • Crew safety
  • Equipment and site safety
  • Permits and street closures
  • Anticipating weather conditions and scheduling accordingly
  • Enforcing quality and safety standards

Special Skills & Qualifications

Before focusing on specific requirements for landing a job as a general contractor in either Kansas City or St. Louis, let’s discuss some of the innate skills that would be beneficial. General contractors are heavy multi-taskers and should get comfortable with managing a large team.

Regardless of industry, special skills are important. If you’re an aspiring general contractor, try to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Ability to read building plans and blueprints
  • Building/construction skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Budget and purchasing experience
  • Comfortable working with new people
  • Able to learn quickly and in stressful situations
  • Concern for the wellbeing of others and a touch of perfectionism

Qualifications to Become a General Contractor in Missouri

In any Missouri city, a general contractor’s license must be approved at the local level. This includes your application process, requirements, and fees. For instance, Kansas City’s requirements are quite different from St. Louis.

Kansas City General Contractor License Requirements

Licenses must be issued through the Kansas City, MO City Planning and Development – Developmental Services department. You must meet several prerequisites and gather the required documents before completing the application.

Here are the general requirements in Kansas City:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide documentation of applicable experience and skills.
  • Appoint a supervisor who must pass a Prometric or ICC accredited exam.
  • Businesses must register with the Missouri Secretary of State.
  • Obtain general liability insurance
  • Obtain workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Complete and sign the application.
  • Pay all licensing and application fees.

Education

There aren’t any formal education requirements for general contractors in Kansas City, but those wishing to get into construction should finish high school or obtain a GED. You must be at least 21 years old, so most newly graduated high school students are ineligible for just a few years.

Experience

Before applying for a contractor’s license, get plenty of experience in construction to earn your way to the top of the construction industry. Network often and get exposure to different facets of the industry so you’ll understand Kansas City’s application, exam, and licensing process.

Licensing

Kansas City offers many different types of contracting licenses through the bureau, including demolition, electrical, elevator, fire protection, gas-fired appliances, heating and ventilating, pipe fitting, plumbing, refrigeration, sign contractor, and residential building. Applying for a residential building contractor’s license is most recommended for an aspiring general contractor in Kansas City, and you must fulfill the aforementioned requirements to perform construction.

The standard licensing fee in Kansas City is $167. The application fee is $55 and the required renewal fee is $167 every four years. For more information, contact:

City Planning & Development Department

Contractor Licensing Branch

5th Floor, City Hall

Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Telephone: (816) 513-1500 x6

St. Louis General Contractor License Requirements

For any contracting work in the city of St. Louis, building permits are required by the St. Louis Building Division – Permit Section. Before taking on any projects in St. Louis, you must know if the project is big enough to warrant a building permit.

Contractors and subcontractors in St. Louis will need a Graduated Business License.

Graduated Business License Requirements

To obtain a Graduated Business License, you must complete the following:

  • Register for a state sales tax number through the Missouri Department of Revenue
  • Visit the License Collector’s Office for an in-person application or download the application online
  • Get clearance from the Collector of Revenue’s Office so you may operate within St. Louis City Ordinance
  • Get an Occupancy Permit from the Building Division for businesses located in St. Louis
  • Obtain proof of workers’ compensation insurance
  • Complete the application
  • Pay required fees

To learn more about starting a general contracting business, check out our guide below:

Building Permit

Once you obtain your Graduated Business License, you will then need to apply for a permit. Different building permits include fire alarm/fire suppression, occupancy, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, demolition, above-ground tanks, commercial exhaust hoods, encroachments, high hazard/special conditional use, residential construction, and commercial construction.

Residential construction and commercial construction permits are very important for St. Louis general contractors.

For more information on what you’ll need for a building permit application, visit the St. Louis Building Division – Permit Section website or contact the City of St. Louis City Hall at 314-662-4800.

Missouri General Contractor Licensing Fee Overview

The following fees are associated with Kansas City’s general contracting license: $167 for licensing and renewal every four years and $55 for application. 

For St. Louis, Graduated Business License fees are dependable upon the number of employees that already exist or may be hired. Building permits will depend on the estimated construction cost, and building permit application fees will be $25.

Average Missouri General Contractor Salary & Benefits

The average general contractor gross salary in Missouri is $117,715, or an hourly rate of $57. This is 4% lower than the national average. An entry-level general contractor may earn an average salary of $82,151.

A senior-level general contractor may earn an average salary of $146,339.

The Path to Become a General Contractor in Missouri

Now that we’ve discussed the details of what it takes to become a general contractor in the State of Missouri, particularly in the cities of Kansas City and St. Louis, let’s do a final review. Here is the basic career path for obtaining your general contractor’s license in Missouri.

1. Gain Construction Knowledge and Experience 

Get professional experience in construction before applying for a license in either Kansas City or St. Louis. Shadow senior-level general contractors and network with other construction professionals. You should become familiar with the daily work schedule on a job site. 

2. Register Your Business

You must register through the Missouri Secretary of State. All information for registering your business, including tax and insurance requirements, is mentioned on the website.

If you don’t have a business but have been interested in learning more about starting one, check out our guide below:

3. Complete Tax Identification Number Application 

Register for one or more tax ID numbers, licenses, for or permits. The Missouri Department of Revenue will have more information about tax obligations.

4. Prove Workers’ Compensation

You must carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage by either being self-insured or applying through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

5. Get Bonds

Along with workers’ compensation, many counties in Missouri require contractor bonds before you can work in contracting. This includes bond insurance, performance bonds, and bid bonds. Be sure to check your specific city requirements to see if you need a bond before working. 

6. Fill Out Applications

Although we discussed only Kansas City and St. Louis, both have very different application processes. Check your local city requirements to see what the entire general contracting application process will entail, from start to finish.

7. Check License Verifications

Look up licensed contractors in Kansas City through the KCMO Licensed Contractors database. For St. Louis building permits, check the St. Louis Permits page.

Need Help With Your Next Project?

If you’re a general contractor in Missouri or another state in the U.S. and need anything from laminate caseworkmetal cabinets, epoxy resin countertops, something in between or a custom solution, and more, give us a call at (866) 222-7494 to speak to a project consultant today.

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