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License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Floor Sander Contractor (Residential)


License required in 9 states
59th most burdensome licensing requirements
73rd most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


Floor sander and finisher contractors contract with clients to scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machines, and they also apply coats of finish.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not floor sanders who work for them. Licensing requirements differ based on the scope of the work. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. In some states, work on commercial properties requires a general contractor's license that is not specific to floor sanding; the requirements are generally the same as a commercial license, and they are treated the same here.


Nine states license residential floor sander contractors, and most of these states demand only fees or other minimal requirements. Three states impose substantial experience requirements, however: two years in Maryland and one year in Arizona and South Carolina. Four states require exams.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Maryland $379 730 1 0 0
2 Arizona $833 365 1 0 0
3 South Carolina $50 365 0 0 0
4 Michigan $215 12 1 0 18
5 Oregon $345 2 1 0 18
6 Louisiana $340 0 2 0 0
7 Mississippi $200 0 2 0 0
8 New Jersey $90 0 0 0 0
9 Pennsylvania $50 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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