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Construction Contractors

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The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing staffs the construction contractor program. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development adopts regulations to carry out laws governing construction contractors in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.

Workers Compensation Changes


Beginning August 1, 2019, workers compensation will be required for all employees of a business entity, including executive officers of a corporation or a limited liability company. With the following exceptions:

  • An executive officer of a corporation or limited liability company who owns 10% or more of the business entity may be exempt from holding workers compensation for themselves. However, a corporation or limited liability company may bring an executive officer who owns 10% or greater of the business entity within its worker compensation coverage if they so choose.


If you currently hold a Construction Contractor’s license with the State of Alaska, and are an owner or executive officer who owns less than 10% of the business entity, please do the following:

  • If you already have an Executive Officer Waiver from the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Division issued prior to August 1, 2019, this waiver will remain in effect until the expiration of your current workers compensation policy. Upon renewal of the policy, the waiver will no longer be in effect.
  • Contact your insurance provider and include all executive officers and owners under your workers compensation coverage.


These requirements will be effective as of August 1, 2019, and will be verified by the Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing during the bi-annual license renewal for each license.

Regulated Professions

General Contractors

General Contractors may perform new home construction, commercial work, and residential remodel work. General contractors that oversee new home construction or perform residential work greater than 25% of the value of a structure being altered must obtain a Residential Contractor license and/or a Residential Contractor Endorsement.

Residential Contractors

Residential Contractors are contractors who have a Residential Contractor Endorsement or have assigned to them an individual(s) who has a residential contractor endorsement. Residential Contractors may undertake construction of a privately owned residential structure of one to four units and residential work greater than 25% the value of the structure being altered.

Residential Contractor Endorsement

This endorsement may be obtained after an individual has completed a 16-hour cold climate course and passed the residential contractors endorsement exam. A holder of a residential contractor endorsement is not permitted to perform work under this license unless they are assigned to a Residential Contractor or hold a Residential Contractor’s license themselves in addition to this endorsement.

Specialty Contractors

Specialty contractors may perform work that requires the use of not more than three trades. If your work falls under more than three trades you will need to apply as a General or Residential Contractor. A list of approved trades may be found HERE.

Electrical Contractors

Electrical contractors are licensed Specialty Contractors who have Electrical Contractor or Communications Contractor listed as one of their trades. In order to qualify as an electrical contractor an Electrical Administrator license must be assigned to the Specialty Contractor as an additional license, or an individual who holds an electrical administrator license must be assigned to the specialty contractor. Please see the Electrical Administrator’s license page for more information regarding this additional license type required.

Mechanical Contractors

Mechanical contractors may perform any of the mechanical disciplines for which their Mechanical Administrator license allows (plumbing, heating, sheet metal, or refrigeration). A mechanical administrator license is required in addition to the Mechanical Contractors license in order to perform work. A Mechanical Contractor may hold the mechanical administrator license themselves as an additional license, or have an individual(s) assigned to their license who holds the Mechanical Administrator license. Please see the Mechanical Administrator’s license page for more information regarding this additional license type required. Please note a mechanical contractor may only perform mechanical work; the installation of mechanical controls requires both an Electrical Administrators license and a Mechanical Administrators license.

Handyman Contractors

Handyman contractors may perform work on projects with an aggregate contract of $10,000 or less for each project. This aggregate total is to include all labor, materials and other items for that project.

New Phone Number

We have a new phone number for contacting us.
If you have questions regarding a General, Specialty, Mechanical or Handyman contractor license, please call (907) 465-2050 or email ConstructionContractors@Alaska.Gov

If you have questions regarding a Residential contractor license, please call (907) 465-2050 or email ResidentialContractors@Alaska.Gov

Contact Us:

General, Specialty, Mechanical and Handyman Contractors
Email: ConstructionContractors@Alaska.Gov
Phone: (907) 465-2050

Residential Contractors
Email: ResidentialContractors@Alaska.Gov
Phone: (907) 465-2050

General Inquiries
Email: ConstructionContractors@Alaska.Gov
Phone: (907) 465-2050