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.

To Obtain a Residential Builder License:

1)  Apply to the state for a license. Click here for more information on how to apply for a license with the State licensing department.

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

January 15-16, 2024
February 19-20, 2024
March 25-26, 2024
April 22-23, 2024
May 20-21, 2024
June 24-25, 2024
July 22-23, 2024
August 19-18, 2024
September 23-24, 2024
October 21-22, 2024
November 18-19, 2024
December 16-17, 2024

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,