Contractor Licensing

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Commercial General Contractor:
All Commercial General Contractors must be licensed in the City of Evanston. We do not honor licenses from other cities. To obtain the license, the contractor must take an open-book exam using International Building Code (IBC), 2012 Edition (see testing info below).  License Fee:  $125, renewable annually.

Residential General Contractor:
All Residential General Contractors must be licensed in the City of Evanston. We do not honor licenses from other cities. To obtain the license, the contractor must take an open-book exam using International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (IRC), 2012 Edition (see testing info below).  License Fee:  $100, renewable annually.

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HVAC Contractor:
All Mechanical Contractors must be licensed in the City of Evanston. We do not honor licenses from other cities. To obtain the license, the contractor must take an open-book exam using the 2012 International Mechanical Code and the 2012 International Fuel Gas Code (see testing info below).  License Fee:  $100, renewable annually.

 

 

Plumbing Contractor:
All Plumbing Contractors must have a state license. 

Electrical Contractor:
All Electrical Contractors must hold a current electrical license at any city that has an Electrical Commission.  

All other Sub-Contractors:
All other sub contractors must have a current license in the State of Illinois.

Contractor Licensing Exam - Testing Information:

All contractors should allow up to three hours for the licensing exam. Exams must be started between the hours of 8:30am - 1:00pm on Monday through Friday at the Building Department (3rd Floor of the Civic Center-2100 Ridge, Evanston). There is no fee for the exams. Test results are given within 2 business days.

Contractor License Application - Complete and bring in with code book to Building & Inspection Services Division.

Contractor License Payment Form - Only when you have completed and passed the City of Evanston's Contractor's Licensing Exam.