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

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

Mason Contractor (General/Commercial)



Highlights

License required in 29 states
16th most burdensome licensing requirements
29th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Mason contractors contract with clients to lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers and other structures.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not masons 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 masonry; the requirements are generally the same as a commercial license, and they are treated the same here.

Summary

Twenty-nine states require a general contractor or commercial license for masons, the 29th most widely and onerously licensed occupation of those studied. Though many states impose only a fee on would-be mason contractors, 10 states require two to five years of what amounts to an apprenticeship, and Florida requires a four-year degree, making the occupation the 16th most burdensome to enter.

(Last updated May 2, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Arkansas $175 1,825 1 0 0
2 Hawaii $815 1,460 2 0 18
3 Nevada $1,030 1,460 2 0 0
4 California $451 1,460 2 0 18
5 Arizona $765 1,460 2 0 0
6 Florida $421 1,460 1 0 18
7 Oregon $345 1,462 1 0 18
8 Utah $477 1,460 2 0 0
9 Virginia $175 731 0 0 18
10 New Mexico $168 730 2 0 0
11 South Carolina $250 730 1 0 0
12 Alabama $592 0 2 0 0
13 Louisiana $340 0 2 0 0
14 Rhode Island $200 0 0 0 18
15 West Virginia $163 0 2 0 0
16 North Dakota $75 0 0 0 18
17 Mississippi $325 0 1 0 0
18 Tennessee $294 0 1 0 0
19 North Carolina $135 0 1 0 0
20 Washington, D.C. $262 0 0 0 0
21 Alaska $250 0 0 0 0
22 Connecticut $160 0 0 0 0
23 Wisconsin $115 0 0 0 0
24 Washington $100 0 0 0 0
25 Delaware $75 0 0 0 0
26 Montana $53 0 0 0 0
27 Iowa $50 0 0 0 0
28 Nebraska $40 0 0 0 0
29 Idaho $30 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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