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PLI: CONTRACTOR LICENSES

Contractor Licenses

The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections issues the following Contractor Licenses:

  • General Contractor
  • Electrical Contractor
  • HVAC Contractor
  • Sign Contractor
  • Stationary (Power) Engineer
  • Welders

Please note that all business licenses expire a year from the date of issuance. License holders with an expired license will be required to pay a penalty fee in addition a renewal fee to reactivate a license, except for General Contractor licenses.

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Please consult the Current Fee Schedule below.

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

Electrical Contractor License

Electrical Contractor License

An Electrical Contractor's License is required to perform electrical work within the City of Pittsburgh.

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.

Electrical License Extension

To accommodate our customer's requests and their effort to follow City Ordinance by getting an active tax account, PLI will extend the deadline for HVAC and Electrical licences until May 6, 2016. All applications received in our office by Friday, May 6, 2016, will not pay a late fee.

We will start assessing late fees to all applications received by our office after May 6, 2016. This will also include mailed applications. All mailed applications received by our office after May 6, 2016 will incur a late fee.

For those sending applications after the May 6, 2016 deadline, the correct payment amount is $371.00. This includes the $278.00 license fee plus a $93.00 late fee. Please contact our group email at PLIapptech@pittsburghpa.gov if you have any questions.

How to Get a New Electrical Contractor's License

Fee: $371 for 2017

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

City of Pittsburgh
Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
200 Ross Street Room 320
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Required Documents for New Applications

An International Code Council certification is a prerequisite for obtaining an Electrical License. (Test scheduling instructions below)

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to read and speak English.
  • Proof of identification. (driver’s license or other photo ID)
  • One of the following:
    • Certificate of attainment in electrical wiring from an accredited school, and have at least two years of experience working as an electrician.
    • Ten years of working as a registered electrician in another state or municipality. Copy of license or registration required.
    • Ten years of experience working with a City of Pittsburgh registered Electrician.
  • 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.
  • Proof of registration for all City Taxes, i.e. City Tax ID certificate from City Finance Department.

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually, always consult the Current Fee Schedule below.

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

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 this exam are the 2008 National Electrical Code and any edition of Ugly's Electrical References. 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.

  1. Type or paste the code 701-PA-PI in the form entry box beneath the "Available Exams" heading and hit Enter/Return. This will bring up a link for the 701-Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) Standard Master Electrician Exam.
  2. Clicking this link will bring up the test details. View the testing policies for this exam and click "Schedule this Exam".
  3. 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.
  4. 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 an Electrical Contractor's License

Fee: $278 for 2016, additional $93 if paid after expiration date

  1. 1. Download and print the application, fill it out completely, include required documents and mail it, or bring it in person, with a check or money order payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh.

Required Documents for Renewal Applications:

(If your licensed has lapsed all New Application requirements apply)

  • 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.
  • Proof of registration for all City Taxes, i.e. City Tax ID certificate from City Finance Department.
  • One of the following:
    • Certificate of attainment in electrical wiring from an accredited school, and have at least two years of experience working as an electrician.
    • Ten years of working as a registered electrician in another state or municipality. Copy of license or registration required.
    • Ten years of experience working with a City of Pittsburgh registered Electrician.
  • A COPY of the International Code Council's (ICC) Certification for Pennsylvania Standard Master Electrician's Exam - #701 (Pittsburgh).

General Contractor License

A City of Pittsburgh General Contractor's License is required for all work performed under a Commercial Building Permit. A General Contractor license is also required for the following permits:

How to Get a General Contractor's 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.

  • Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

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:

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification, verifying age is 18 years or older.
  • A certificate of insurance listing City of Pittsburgh as Certificate Holder showing:
    • Contractor's General Liability Insurance with limits not less than $300,000.
    • 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.
    • See example.
  • Proof of registration for all City Taxes, i.e. City Tax ID certificate from City Finance Department.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

 

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.

HVAC License Extension

To accommodate our customer's requests and their effort to follow City Ordinance by getting an active tax account, PLI will extend the deadline for HVAC and Electrical licences until May 6, 2016. All applications received in our office by Friday, May 6, 2016, will not pay a late fee.

We will start assessing late fees to all applications received by our office after May 6, 2016. This will also include mailed applications. All mailed applications received by our office after May 6, 2016 will incur a late fee.

For those sending applications after the May 6, 2016 deadline, the correct payment amount is $371.00. This includes the $278.00 license fee plus a $93.00 late fee.

Please contact our group email at PLIapptech@pittsburghpa.gov if you have any questions.

How to Get an HVAC License Extension

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.

  • o Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

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:

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

Additional Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be able to read and speak the English.
  • Proof of identification.
  • 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.
  • Proof of registration for all City Taxes, i.e. City Tax ID certificate from City Finance Department.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.
  • International Code Council certification for Pennsylvania Standard Master Mechanical Contractor - Exam #670 (Pittsburgh).

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 this exam are the 2009 International Mechanical Code®, the 2009 International Fuel Gas Code®, and the 2008 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.

  1. Type or paste the code 670-PA-PI in the form entry box beneath the "Available Exams" heading and hit Enter/Return. This will bring up a link for the 670-Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) Standard Master Mechanical Exam.
  2. Clicking this link will bring up the test details. View the testing policies for this exam and click "Schedule this Exam".
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Fee: $278 for 2017, additional $93 if paid after expiration

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.
  • City tax ID number, or 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).
  • Evidence that you have at least four years of experience in HVAC construction.

Sign Contractor License

Anyone who erects, alters, repairs, and/or maintains ground signs, wall signs, projecting signs, roof signs, post signs, or similar signs must obtain a Sign Contractor License from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections.

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.

How to Get a Sign Contractor's 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.

  • Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

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:

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification.
  • A Certificate of Insurance for Contractor's Public Liability Insurance covering personal injury with limits not less than $250,000.
  • Proof of registration for all City Taxes, i.e. City Tax ID certificate from City Finance Department.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.

Stationary Power Engineer License

Stationary Engineer licensing and testing is regulated by Title 7 - Chapter 745 of City of Pittsburgh, Code of Ordinances. The Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections require and issue licenses for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Firemen who work within the City limits. Testing for new Stationary Engineers is performed by the National Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power Engineers (NIULPE) of Pennsylvania, Incorporated. NIULPE of PA may be contacted at 412-276-4445.

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.

How to Get a Stationary (Power) Engineer License

1) Download and complete the License Application.

2) Attach a copy of your NIULPE certification, your NIULPE card, a legible copy of valid photo id (driver's license, passport, non-driver identification card) and a check or money order for the Current Fee.

3) Submit your application materials to the Licensing Counter in person or via mail.

4) 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 before submitting your application.

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

Additional Information and Requirements

  • Chapter 745 is titled “Power Engineers” to reflect wording recognized nationally for this occupation.
  • Current license holders can renew annually without re-testing if:
    • They complete 0.8 continuing education units annually.
    • Submit proof of completion of continuing education including the names of the training activities, the dates of the training, who provided the training, and the number of contact hours for each activity.
  • o Lapsed licenses can be renewed without additional NIULPE testing, if the following requirements are met:
    • Proof of completion of continuing education accounting for each year of inactivity.
    • Payment of late fee.
  • NIULPE license holders can have City of Pittsburgh license reflect NIULPE classification if copy of NIULPE license is submitted at time of renewal or license application.

Welding License

Anyone who welds or uses welding torches on or for a structure (except those who shop weld exclusively) must obtain a license from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections. The license will specify the type of welding for which issued.

How to Get a Welder's 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.

  • Consult the Current Fee Schedule.

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:

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.

Additional Requirements

  • Proof of identification and age. Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Ability to read and speak the English language.
  • Test certifications meeting American Welding Society standards within two years of application.
  • Evidence of employment as welder within 90 days of the commencement of intended work or during the 90 days subsequent to your qualification test.
  • Check or money order made payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh for License Fee.