Georgia has three different types of licenses: Residential Basic Contractor, Residential Light Commercial Contractor, and General Contractor.
All 3 licenses can do residential, so the difference is in how much commercial work is allowed. Residential Basic cannot do commercial work, Residential Light Commercial can do only "light" commercial work (commercial structures under four stories and less than 25,000 square feet), and General Contractor has no restrictions.
In Georgia, a license is required for any job over $2,500.
The Georgia General Contractor's license allows the builder to bid on, build, or modify any type or size of commercial or residential property.
There are two required exams: the NASCLA commercial trades exam and the Georgia Business Law exam. Once you pass the NASCLA exam, your passing score can also be used in other states to get commercial GC licenses. For a current list of states that accept NASCLA: Click Here
The Georgia Residential Basic license allows for residential construction from the ground up, as well as remodeling existing residential properties.
There are two required exams: the Georgia Residential Basic trades exam and the Georgia Business Law exam.
The Georgia Residential Light Commercial license allows the builder to bid on, build, or modify residential structures of any size and commercial structures that are not over 3 stories in height or 25,000 square feet.
There are two required exams: the Georgia Residential Light Commercial trades exam and the Georgia Business Law exam.