The Basics about being a contractor in Washington.
In Washington State, general and specialty contractors must register with the Department of Labor & Industries.
- A general contractor can perform or supervise numerous building trades or crafts.
- A specialty contractor can perform one building trade or craft. Contractor Specialty List
Never registered as a contractor with L&I before?
For step-by-step instructions, ‘Register‘ here.
Important note: Before you try to register as a contractor with L&I, be sure to review the information on Access Washington’s ‘Doing Business in Washington’ page to ensure you have met all the other business requirements for any new business.
Need to Renew? Plan ahead.
Changes to your business or bond status can cause complications with your registration renewal or result in extra fees. This can also cause your registration to expire, making it illegal to work until your renewal is completed. To stay ahead of the process, review these Obstacles to renewing.
Click ‘Renew‘ for the whole renewal process.
Information provided by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries