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Tennessee BC-Ab Residential, Small Commercial

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    Tennessee BC-Ab Residential & Small Commercial Contractor Exam Requirements & Application

    * A license is required when the total cost or contract amount is $25,000 or more.

    Monetary limits for each license as follows:

    * 10 times working capital OR 10 times net worth – whichever is LESS

    * If the requested monetary limit is $3,000,000 or less, a reviewed financial statement is required.

    * If the requested monetary limit is greater than $3,000,000 an audited financial statement is required.

    * A license is not granted solely on meeting one requirement. All requirements must be met (exams, financials, experience, etc) and all information submitted is considered

    Review Updated TN Financials Here Board Contact Information:

    Board for Licensing Contractors
    4th Floor, Davy Crockett Tower
    500 James Robertson Pkwy.
    Nashville, TN 37243-1150

    Phone: 800.544.7693
    Tennessee State Contractors License Board
    Fees: The application fee for a new contractor license is $250. To obtain a contractor's license application and other forms for Tennessee go to

    Tennessee BC-Ab Residential & Small Commercial Contractor Test Information

    Test Information: This test covers information in 9 subject areas. The questions are created from content in the 15 book set shown below the following chart.
    Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

    Applicants must also pass a separate exam on Business Law and Project Management for Tennessee.

    Exam Information
    Exam Fee $55
    Number of Questions 100
    Passing Score 73% or 73 Questions
    Time Limit 300 Minutes

    Subject Area Number of Questions
    Site work, Footings and Foundation 10
    Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement 15
    Masonry 10
    Carpentry 6
    Metals 10
    Roofing 6
    Associate Trades 10
    General Residential Code Requirements, Plan Reading, and Estimating 27
    OSHA Safety 6

    Tennessee BC-Ab Residential & Small Commercial Contractor Reciprocity

    Tennessee has established reciprocity as follows - AL (BC-B, BC-A), AR (All licenses), GA (BC-B), LA (All licenses), MS (Unlimited), NC (BC-A, BC-B, BC-A,B), SC (All commercial licenses), NASCLA (BC-B). Tennessee Reciprocity

    Tennessee BC-Ab Residential & Small Commercial Contractor Permitted Work

    This license covers everything in the BC-A Residential Contractor and the BC-b Small Commercial license. Residential building contractors are those whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair or improvement of 1,2,3, or 4 family unit residences under four stories in height.

    A small commercial building contractor is authorized to bid on and contract for the construction, erection, alteration, repair or demolition of any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public, including residential construction with more than 4 units, and greater than 3 stories in height with a monetary limit of $1,500,000. This limit was increased April 2017.

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