SC  RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR LICENSE

PROFILE OF A RESIDENTIAL BUILDER IN SOUTH CAROLINA

A licensed Residential Builder may engage in, or offer to engage in, the construction, repair or refurbishment of residential buildings up to three stories high. Those buildings are limited to single or multiple family residences with up to 16 separate residences in a single building.

PROCESS TO BECOME A RESIDENTIAL BUILDER IN SOUTH CAROLINA

The process for becoming a licensed Residential Builder in South Carolina is relatively simple. In addition to passing the Residential Builder Exam, the applicant must also pass the Residential Business and Law Exam.

  • Prior to taking the exam, applicants must submit an application to the SC Residential Builders Commission accompanied by the application fee and an affidavit (preferably notarized) attesting to the applicant having had a least one year of experience working under a currently licensed contractor.  Once the application is approved by the commission, the applicant will receive a letter of eligibility which allows them to take the exam.
  • The exam is in open book form and consists of 80 questions.  It is administered by PSI Exam Services and requires a 65% score to pass.
  • After passing the exam, applicants must post a Surety Bond in the amount of at least $15,000 and pay the licensing fee.