Download the Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License Application Packet HERE for complete instructions and application.
HIC General Licensure Requirements:
- Applicants are not required to be present at the board meeting. However, contractors may appear before the Board of Home Improvement and General Contractors for adjudication and/or due process complaints (filed against or by the contractor.)
HIC General Contractor Test Information:
- Schedule to take the exam (select ICC Contractors Non Authorized, enter 767 to locate the test.) For more information or study references, please contact International Code Council (ICC) at (877) 783-3926 or visit the ICC website;
- All passing exams are valid for one year from the date that a passing score was achieved. After 1 year from the date that a passing score was achieved on any required examination for a department-issued license, the passing score for that examination or examinations shall become invalid unless an application for licensure has been made.
Minimum Experience Required:
The applicant for a home improvement general contractor license shall have a minimum of three (3) full years of “hands-on” experience in the one (1), two (2), and three (3) family home improvement field.
HIC General Permitted Scope of Work:
Home improvement refers to the repair, replacement, remodeling, alteration, conversion, modernization, improvement or addition of existing 1, 2, or 3 family dwellings to any land or building, which is used, or designed to be used, as a private residence or dwelling place for not more than 3 families and shall include, but not be restricted to, the construction, replacement or improvement of driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, or fallout shelters.
City of Columbus (licensed) Home Improvement General Contractors are permitted to perform the following scopes of work:
- Structural additions, alterations, or repairs to existing 1, 2 and 3 family dwellings
- Construction of accessory structures and/or garages for 1, 2 and 3 family dwellings
Home improvement does not include:
- The construction of a new home building or work done by a contractor in compliance with a guarantee of completion of a new building project
- The sale of goods or materials by a seller who neither arranges to perform nor performs directly or indirectly any work or labor in connection with the installation of or application of the goods or materials
Please note: Contractors who wish to perform structural work on four (4) or more family dwellings and/or commercial structures, or new construction other than residential garages and/or accessory structures, must be registered as a City of Columbus General Contractor. Please see the general contractor section for more information.