Contractor License EZ Guide
The type of contractor license you need depends on your roles and responsibility on a project in unincorporated New Castle County.
Before applying for a NCC contractor license, you must have a valid Delaware Division of Revenue business license in the category of Contractor Resident or Non-Resident. The Division of Revenue can be reached at www.revenue.delaware.gov or 302-577-8778.
New Castle County offers two license types: Permit endorsed license and a Non-Permit endorsed license.
- Non-Permit endorsed licenses are valid to perform construction activity defined by Sector 23 of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code that does not require a permit from our jurisdiction or fall under HVACR and plumbing work requiring separate licensing.
- Permit endorsed licenses may be obtained for building and utility work. There are different license categories based on the work to be performed in each area.
Building Contractor License with Permit Endorsement covers both residential and non-residential work. The license types include:
- Class U - perform work on projects with unlimited valuation.
- Class A - perform work on projects that have a $200,000 maximum value per job.
- Class B - perform work on projects that have a $100,000 maximum value per job.
- Class C - perform work on projects that have a $50,000 maximum value per job.
Utility Contractor License with Permit Endorsement covers all utility work defined by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation and NCC Building Code. HVACR and Plumbing contractors may only apply for and obtain NCC licenses for the trade defined on their State HVACR and/or Plumbing license. The license types include:
- Mechanical - license categories must match the License Holder’s State HVACR license, including defined restrictions.
- Plumbing - must have a State plumber’s license of the same trade.
- Decorative Appliance - for contractors without a Mechanical license performing work in the area of decorative appliance installation and repair. License holder must present proof of certification in the area of gas burning hearth systems and/or solid fuel burning hearth systems.
- Sewer and Drain Cleaning - for contractors without a Plumber license performing work in the area of sewer and drain cleaning. License holder must have a current Equipment Approval Letter from the NCC Department of Public Works.
- Outside Utility Connections - for contractors without a Plumber installing building sewers to building drains or water service pipes to water distribution systems. License holder must have a current Certification of Prequalification Letter from NCC Department of Public Works.
Non-Permit endorsed contractors -
- Option One - use the Online License Application to instantly purchase or renew a license using a credit card
- Option Two - Paper License Application
- Download the application
- Submit to New Castle County with a check
- Allow two weeks for processing
- Option Three - Visit New Castle County Government Center
Permit endorsed contractors -
The permit endorsed license applications require the submission of documents and may not be applied for online. A summary of license requirements is defined below.
- Complete the contractor license application form - Select 2020 Building Contractor Packet or 2020 Utility Contractor Packet. The application must be signed by the owner or company principal. Additionally, utility applicants require the signature of the license holder and first-time applicants must apply in person.
- Provide a copy of your State of Delaware Business License from the DE Division of Revenue in the category of Contractor Resident or Non-Resident. The Division of Revenue can be reached at www.revenue.delaware.gov or 302-577-8778.
- Provide valid Certificate of Liability Insurance form with NCC as the certificate holder and the minimum coverage defined in the License Packet. The Certificate Holder shall read: NCC Department of Land Use, License Processing, 87 Reads Way, New Castle DE 19720.
- Statutory Compliance Bond for the license year - This bond must be on the 2020 Statutory Compliance Bond Form and include the Power of Attorney form from the surety agency. NCC does not accept continuation certificates.
The following items may be required and are dependent upon the type of work performed by the contractor.
- Identification of Authorized Agents Form - This optional form identifies all representatives that are authorized to act on behalf of a licensed contractor. 2020 Identification of Authorized Agents
- New Home Builders Warranty - Contractors permitting new homes are required to provide a New Home Warranty. Please provide a current enrollment letter from a NCC approved warranty company.
- State of Delaware Trade License for HVACR and Plumbing Contractors - All HVACR and Plumbing contractors are required to provide a copy of their current DE Division of Professional Regulation wall size license. This license will define the trade categories a license holder is authorized to perform work under in the State of Delaware.
- Specialty Trade Requirements - Contractors applying for utility licenses that do not hold a DE Division of Professional Regulation license may require the following at time of application:
A. Decorative Appliance Contractor - License holder must present proof of certification in the area of gas burning hearth systems and/or solid fuel burning hearth systems.
B. Sewer and Drain Cleaners - License holder must have a current Equipment Approval Letter from the NCC Department of Public Works.
C. Outside Utility Contractor - License holder must have a current Prequalification Letter from NCC Department of Public Works.
5. Code Book Requirement - All contractors are required to obtain the current NCC Building Code and the applicable adopted code. At time of application for new and renewal licenses, the contractor must purchase the adopted code for their trade or provide documentation that they have previously obtained a copy.
6. Fees - All License and Code Book fees are due at time of application. Applicable fees are defined on the license applications and in the license packets.