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

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

Pipelayer Contractor



Highlights

License required in 29 states
20th most burdensome licensing requirements
30th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Pipelayers lay pipe for storm or sanitation sewers, drains and water mains. They may perform any combination of the following tasks: grade trenches or culverts, position pipe or seal joints.

Summary

Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia require pipelayer contractors to obtain a general contractor license. While many states do not require any education or training, the 11 that do impose high burdens ranging from two years in Virginia and Utah to five years in Arkansas. Sixteen states require pipelayer contractors to pass at least one test. Fees range from $30 in Idaho to $1,030 in Nevada. These rules account for the occupation's rank of 20th most burdensome licensing requirements among the 102 studied.

(Last updated May 1, 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 $549 730 2 0 0
9 South Carolina $325 730 2 0 0
10 Virginia $175 731 0 0 18
11 New Mexico $249 730 1 0 0
12 Alabama $592 0 2 0 0
13 Mississippi $400 0 2 0 0
14 Louisiana $340 0 2 0 0
15 Rhode Island $200 0 0 0 18
16 North Dakota $75 0 0 0 18
17 Tennessee $294 0 1 0 0
18 North Carolina $135 0 1 0 0
19 West Virginia $127 0 1 0 0
20 Alaska $300 0 0 0 0
21 Washington, D.C. $262 0 0 0 0
22 Wisconsin $195 0 0 0 0
23 Connecticut $160 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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