The Georgia General Assembly create the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors  in 2004 to regulate individuals engaged in construction contracting. There are three types of licenses available: (1) Residential Basic (2) Residential Light Commercial (3) General Contractor. Work costing less than $2500 does not require the services of a state licensed contractor.


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To Obtain a Residential Builder License:

  1. Apply to the state for a license. Access the license applications here.
  2. Applicants must pass a two-part examination covering the license they are attempting to obtain, business and law. Learn more about the exam here or read the candidate information bulletin here.
  3. Register for a licensing exam prep course below offered monthly (except November 2022). Day 1: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm / Day 2: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
    May 10-11, 2022
    June 21-22, 2022
    July 18-19, 2022
    August 15-16, 2022
    September 19-20, 2022
    October 17-18, 2022
    December 12-13. 2022
  4. Purchase the books for the open book exam. Books are available for purchase through the GAHBA’s Industry Bookstore.

Please Note: All licensing information is provided as a voluntary service to the members of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and is based on staff’s understanding of application requirements of those laws and regulations. GAHBA staff are not lawyers and are not providing legal advice. All persons reviewing this information are responsible, individually or with the assistance of their legal counsel, for complying with those laws and regulations.


For questions about licensing, the exam prep course and the books, contact Valerie Braverman, Education Director by email,