Any project valued at $1,000 or more must be performed by a contractor licensed to work in Virginia. Journeyman and Masters (electricians, plumbers or mechanical contractors) can do work under $1,000 per contract without a state contractor’s license. Contractors, Journeymen, and Masters are licensed through the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR).
Contractor licenses consist of two parts: The class of license (A, B or C), which determines the monetary value of contracts/projects that may be performed, and the classification/specialty, which determines what type of work is allowed. The classification or specialty defines the scope of practice that may be performed by the licensed contractor. You may find a list of all of the different classifications and specialties issued by the Board for Contractors and a definition of the work that is permitted to be performed by each, in 18VAC50-22-20 and 18VAC50-22-30 of the Board for Contractors Regulations.
All businesses operating in Virginia must register either with the Circuit Court (for sole proprietorships or general partnerships) or with the State Corporation Commission (for limited liability companies, limited partnerships and corporations).