HVAC Contractor License
An HVAC Contractor License is required to the install, erect, enlarge, repair, alter, remove, convert or replace of any mechanical system within the City of Pittsburgh. Please note that International Code Council certification is a prerequisite for obtaining an HVAC License (see specifics in Additional Requirements).
Please note that all business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance. Also, license holders with expired licenses will be required to pay a penalty fee in addition to a renewal fee. License holders who let their licenses lapse will be required to submit all new documentation, including test results, upon renewing their licenses.
Please contact our group email at PLIapptech@pittsburghpa.gov if you have any questions.
How to Get a New HVAC License
1) Download and complete the License Application.
2) Print the application, fill it out completely, and mail it, or bring it in person, with all other Additional Information and Current Fee.
3) Make all checks payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.
City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule below:
Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Must be able to read and speak English.
- Proof of identification.
- A certificate of insurance listing City of Pittsburgh as Certificate Holder showing Contractor's General Liability Insurance with limits not less than $300,000. If insurance coverage expires within 30 days of application, the applicant will be required to renew with their insurance prior to issuance.
- Proof of registration for all City Taxes, i.e. City Tax ID certificate from City Finance Department.
- Finance can be reached at 412-255-2543 Opt 1 or 414 Grant St. (City County Building) Room 207 Pittsburgh, PA 15219
- Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
- International Code Council certification for National Standard Master Mechanical Exam- F29 or W29.
- Provide a resume or documentation showing 4 years or more of practical experience. Documentation may include a letter from a previous employer documenting at least 4 years of experience in HVAC construction or tax returns if self-employed.
How to Schedule Your Exam
All ICC exams are proctored by Pearson Vue, and can be scheduled through their website. The approved reference materials for the National Standard Master Mechanical - F29 exam are the 2015 International Mechanical Code®, the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code®, and the 2014 National Electrical Code®.
The National Standard Master Mechanical - W29 exam references the 2012 International Mechanical Code®, the 2012 International Fuel Gas Code®, and the 2011 National Electrical Code®. View the exam bulletin for a detailed breakdown of test content.
Click the link here, select "Non-authorized Candidates" and follow these instructions to schedule your exam.
- Type or paste one of the following codes in the form entry box beneath the "Available Exams" heading:F29 or W29 and hit Enter/Return. This will bring up a link for the National Standard Master Mechanical Exam.
- Clicking this link will bring up the test details. View the testing policies for this exam and click "Schedule this Exam".
- You will have to create an account with Pearson Vue prior to scheduling and paying for your exam. Once you create your non-authorized contractors account, return to the exam page.
- Schedule your exam at one of the two testing centers in the Pittsburgh region, and pay for your exam. Print out confirmations of your scheduled exam and payment. Make sure to arrive early for your exam on your test date.
How to Renew Your License
Download and print the application, fill it out completely, include required documents and mail it, or bring it in person, with check or money order payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.
Required Documents for Renewal Applications
Lapsed licenses require all new documentation, including test results from the ICC
- Completed HVAC License Application
- Proof of identification. ( Driver’s License or Photo ID)
- A certificate of insurance - listing the City of Pittsburgh as Certificate Holder showing Contractor's General Liability Insurance with limits not less than $300,000. See example.
- Workers Compensation Insurance, as required by state law. If you are not required to carry Workers Compensation insurance, you must complete an affidavit of exemption.
- City Tax ID letter from the Finance Department.
- A copy of the International Code Council certification for Pennsylvania Standard Master Mechanical Contractor - Exam #670 (Pittsburgh) or the National Standard Master Electrician Exam.