Tennessee BC-Ab Residential, Small Commercial Contractor

Tennessee BC-Ab Residential, Small Commercial Contractor License

State Requirements and Application

Test Information


Permitted Work

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State Requirements & Application

* A license is required when the total cost or contract amount is $25,000 or more.

Monetary limits for each license as follows:

* 10 times working capital OR 10 times net worth – whichever is LESS

* If the requested monetary limit is $3,000,000 or less, a reviewed financial statement is required.

* If the requested monetary limit is greater than $3,000,000 an audited financial statement is required.

Tennessee BC-b (Small Commercial Classification) is limited to a maximum monetary limit of $1,500,000.00 per a project.

This Monetary Max Limit is not Restricted on the Tennessee BC-A (Residential Classification) If you are needing an Unlimited Residential and Commercial License
Please see Tennessee BC-AB License Page.

* A license is not granted solely on meeting one requirement. All requirements must be met (exams, financials, experience, etc) and all information submitted is considered

Board Contact Information:

Board for Licensing Contractors
4th Floor, Davy Crockett Tower
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243-1150

Phone: 800.544.7693
Tennessee State Contractors License Board
Fees: The application fee for a new contractor license is $250. To obtain a contractor's license application and other forms for Tennessee go to https://apps.tn.gov/licenses-app/view?id=1026


Test Information

Test Information: This test covers information in 9 subject areas. The questions are created from content in the 15 book set shown below the following chart.
Candidate Information Bulletin: Click here to download the bulletin.

Applicants must also pass a separate exam on Business Law and Project Management for Tennessee.

Exam Information
Exam Fee $55
Number of Questions 100
Passing Score 73% or 73 Questions
Time Limit 300 Minutes

Subject Area Number of Questions
Site work, Footings and Foundation 10
Concrete and Concrete Reinforcement 10
Masonry 7
Carpentry 17
Metals 6
Roofing 10
Associate Trades 12
General Residential Code Requirements, Plan Reading, and Estimating 20
OSHA Safety 8



Tennessee has established reciprocity as follows - AL (BC-B, BC-A), AR (All licenses), GA (BC-B), LA (All licenses), MS (Unlimited), NC (BC-A, BC-B, BC-A,B), SC (All commercial licenses), NASCLA (BC-B). Tennessee Reciprocity


Permitted Work

This license covers everything in the BC-A Residential Contractor and the BC-b Small Commercial license. Residential building contractors are those whose services are limited to construction, remodeling, repair or improvement of 1,2,3, or 4 family unit residences under four stories in height.

A small commercial building contractor is authorized to bid on and contract for the construction, erection, alteration, repair or demolition of any building or structure for use and occupancy by the general public, including residential construction with more than 4 units, and greater than 3 stories in height with a monetary limit of $1,500,000. This limit was increased April 2017.