How To Get Your General Contractor License in Wyoming

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While Wyoming is a beautiful, nature-filled state that houses most of the nation’s first-ever National Park, Yellowstone, it is also a great state for working in the construction industry. If you’re vying for a general contracting role in the construction industry, there’s no better place to consider than the State of Wyoming.

Being a nationwide provider, at OnePointe Solutions, we have supplied general contractors with countless laboratory and industrial furniture for their many projects. From lab tables, phenolic resin countertops, and stainless steel casework to classroom cabinets, packing stations, and mass spec benches. Our capabilities are at their disposal. 

To obtain your general contracting license in Wyoming, you will need to apply at the local level rather than the state level. However, Wyoming’s electrical licenses are issued at the state level.

If you’re planning to become a general contractor in Laramie County, you will obtain a license through the Cheyenne Contractor Licensing Board. For more information about general contracting in the state, particularly in some of Wyoming’s local counties, continue reading this guide. 

Job Description: General Contractor

General contractors, also known as construction managers, manage an overall construction project. Before managing a project, general contractors must collaborate with construction estimators to compile a bid.

Bids will include an itemized list of project necessities, including materials, tools, equipment, labor, and more. 

The bidding process teaches construction managers how to navigate possible issues during construction, such as additional financing. Once a bid is accepted, construction managers coordinate schedules, purchase and rent materials, and hire subcontractors for the job site. 

In our guide, let’s say a bid was created and accepted for a food laboratory and a general contractor came to us to help furnish it.

For storage and organization in the lab, we would provide stainless steel cabinets or metal cabinets. Food and beverage labs need sanitary options that won’t hinder testing procedures, and stainless steel cabinets and metal cabinets are perfect for that.

For laboratory countertops, there are quite a few options we would provide (depending on the needs of the job): epoxy resin, phenolic resin, stainless steel, maple block, HDPE, and even solicor-cr. Each is non-porous (minus maple block), easy to maintain, customizable, and durable to handle the daily tasks in the lab.

Some options like epoxy, phenolic and stainless steel have great chemical resistant properties in the case of the use of such substances.

Regarding special equipment, we would also supply fume hoods, lab workstations, mass spec benches, and even seating to provide personnel with everything they need to run a successful food laboratory. At OnePointe Solutions, for virtually any job we can help.

Moving on to general contractor work preferences, some will work on-site, but others hire on-site managers for daily tasks. Regardless, all general contractors monitor safety and efficiency on a construction site.

General contractors manage 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

Each state has unique licensing requirements, but special skills are beneficial in any industry. Although special skills are often innate, you can acquire more through experience.

Ideal skills and qualifications for general contractors may include: 

  • 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 Wyoming

Aspiring general contractors in the State of Wyoming need to apply for a license according to their local city, county, or jurisdiction’s regulations. Furthermore, businesses in Wyoming will need to register for licenses through the Wyoming Secretary of State.

Businesses must also follow all local and state tax requirements, as well as obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Depending on one’s local city, county, or jurisdiction, understanding all the requirements and associated fees are helpful to obtain a general contractor’s license in Wyoming.  

Now, let’s discuss further qualifications for general contracting in the State of Wyoming, particularly in the cities of Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan, and Casper.

Education

Since every local city has unique regulations in the State of Wyoming, educational requirements may vary. Generally, the State of Wyoming does not require a formal education to be considered for the role of a general contractor.

However, many Wyoming cities, such as Cheyenne, require proof of work experience and a list of professional references. For further details about educational requirements in your area, check your local county’s regulations online.

Experience

If you’re able to acquire entry-level experience, you’ll gain further insight into the construction industry. For instance, shadow a general contractor to learn how to confront countless obstacles on a job site and prepare yourself for the application process.

By getting exposure to different areas in the construction field, you’ll soon discover that entry-level experience is key to the learning process.

Licensing

Let’s discuss the different licensing requirements in the cities of Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan, and Casper.

Cheyenne, WY

The Cheyenne Contractor Licensing Board via the Building Safety Department handles general contracting license requirements within Laramie County. If you are based in Cheyenne, you will first need to determine your license type before beginning the application process. 

Apply for one or more of the following licenses:

  • Class A – A general contractor performing any construction, alteration, or repair work on any type or sized structure. This contradictor may perform any work classified under Classes B, C, and D (except trade work)
  • Class B – A building contractor performing the construction, alteration, or repair of one, two, three, and four-family residential construction and one-story commercial buildings up to 2,500 square feet. This contractor can perform any work classified under Class C, D, and R (except trade work)
  • Class R – A residential contractor planning to do construction, alteration, additions, or repairs of detached single-family dwellings no more than three stories high and accessory structures. This contractor may perform all work classified under a Class D license (except trade work)

Gillette, WY

Gillette’s general contracting process is issued through the City of Gillette Building Inspection Division within Campbell County. The city of Gillette offers several types of contractors licenses, including general, building, residential, and specialty types (Class A, B, R, and C, respectively).

For more information on license types in the Gillette area, view the Instructions for Completing the City of Gillette Contractor License Application PDF.

Sheridan, WY

General contractors in Sheridan will need to complete a written application, addressed to the City of Sheridan Building Department. Sheridan offers multiple types of contractors licenses, including commercial, residential, plumbing/HVAC, and type 3.

Commercial contractors perform work on any building type, whereas residential contractors work on one and two-family dwellings or townhouses.

Casper, WY

Aspiring general contractors in the city of Casper will submit applications to the Casper Community Development Department. Additionally, the City of Casper Contractors Board reviews all applications in the area. Casper offers Class I, II, and III general contractors licenses, which determine one’s scope of work.

You may also apply for a Demolition and Roofing general contractors license. For more details, visit the General Contractor License Application

Requirements

Each city in Wyoming has a unique set of requirements for general contracting. Let’s review the application process in Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan, and Casper:

Cheyenne, WY

  • Complete the application
  • Obtain a certificate of general liability insurance under the City of Cheyenne Building Department
  • Businesses with employees must register with the Division of Workers’ Compensation through the Department of Workforce Services of the State of Wyoming
  • Companies must register and disclose business structure type with the Wyoming Secretary of State
  • Take and pass the ICC National Standard General, Residential (Class R) exam, or the Wyoming Building Contractor exam (WAM)
  • Provide proof of work experience
  • Provide a list of personal and professional references
  • Attend the Licensing Board meeting on the second Tuesday of each month
  • Sign and notarize applications
  • Include all application and licensing fees

Additionally, all businesses in Cheyenne will need to appoint a qualified supervisor.

Gillette, WY

  • File an application
  • Take and pass an ICC accredited exam (if applicable)
  • Pay all associated fees
  • Obtain a surety bond of $5,000 for general contracting work

Sheridan, WY

  • Provide a written application to the Building Official, of the City of Sheridan Building Department
  • Determine license type
  • Obtain proof of liability insurance
  • Obtain a surety bond
  • Provide proof of work experience
  • Pay associated fees

Visit the Contractor Licensing Procedures by Sheridan Ordinance for more details.

Casper, WY

  • Apply via the Casper Community Development Department
  • Get reviewed by the City of Casper Contractors Board, where you may be required to:
    • Obtain insurance coverage and provide proof of insurance
    • Provide proof of work experience
    • Share licensure history
    • Provide employment verification affidavits
    • Undergo a potential interview
  • Take and pass an International or International Residential Building Code exam (depending on license type)
  • Pay associated fees

Exam

Depending on your county and license type, you may need to take and pass an ICC accredited exam before receiving a contractor’s license.

Wyoming General Contractor Licensing Fee Overview

Here is a summation of fees for the cities of Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan, and Casper.

Cheyenne, WY

  • Class A – General Contractor: $650 initial fee, $200 renewal fee
  • Class B – Building Contractor: $450 initial fee, $100 renewal fee
  • Class R – Residential Contractor: $450 initial fee, $75 renewal fee

Gillette, WY

  • Class A – General Contractor: $500
  • Class B – Building Contractor: $300
  • Class R – Residential Contractor: $150
  • Class C – Specialty Contractor: $75

Sheridan, WY

  • Annual licensing fee: $200
  • Surety bond fees:
    • Commercial Contractor: $25,000;
    • Residential Contractor: $25,000;
    • Plumbing/HVAC Contractor: $10,000;
    • Type 3 Contractors: $10,000.

Casper, WY

  • Class I – $300, $75 renewal fee
  • Class II – $150, $75 renewal fee
  • Class III – $150, $75 renewal fee
  • Demolition – $150, $75 renewal fee
  • Roofing – $150, $75 renewal fee

Average Wyoming General Contractor Salary & Benefits

If you’re hoping to become a licensed general contractor in the State of Wyoming, you can expect to make an average salary of $92,949 or $45 per hour. This is 9% lower than the national average. An entry-level general contractor in the State of Wyoming earns an average salary of $65,245. A senior-level general contractor earns an average salary of $115,362.

The Path to Become a General Contractor in Wyoming

Do you wish to become a general contractor in the State of Wyoming? Let’s review the path to becoming a contractor in the state:

1. Determine License Type

All licensing for general contractors in Wyoming occurs at the local level. After determining your license type, check your local city’s regulations before filling out and submitting an application.

2. Pay Associated Fees

Be sure to pay any associated fees for your license type. Fees typically include an initial fee, renewal fee, and potential surety bond fees.

3. Register Your Business (If Applicable)

In Wyoming, all general contracting businesses must register through the Wyoming Secretary of State before bidding on construction projects.

If you’re interested in starting a general contracting business, check out our guide below:

4. Register for Tax Identification Numbers

Wyoming businesses will need to register for several business taxes, including sales/use tax, cigarette tax, minerals tax, and property taxes. Visit the Wyoming Department of Revenue for more information.

5. Obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance

For employee protection, all businesses must obtain workers’ compensation insurance in the State of Wyoming.  

6. Look-Up & Verify Licenses

A private third-party site houses a database for contractors’ licenses in the State of Wyoming. This is because contractor licenses are not regulated at the state level.  

Need Help with Your Project?

If you’re a general contractor in Wyoming or another state in the U.S., we can help you with upcoming projects and bids you may have. If you need basic items like lab tables and maple block countertops, or complex furniture like fume hoods, and mass spec benches, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call at (866) 222-7494 to speak with a project consultant or fill out our online contact form today.

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