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Construction Contractor Registration

State law now requires registration of most construction contractors. This law replaces the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC) program with a simplified registration of construction contractors.

Agency contact information:

Labor and Industry (DLI), Minnesota Department of
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 284-5005 | (800) 342-5354 | (651) 297-4198 (TTY)
Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD)
(651) 284-5074
Contact Info: DLI.register@state.mn.us

Website:


Construction Contractor Registration with DLI 

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The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards and workers' compensation programs and the Office of Combative Sports.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 326B.805
181.723

Rules:


Forms:

Contractor Registration Application

Requirements:

Construction contractor registration with DLI

State law now requires registration of most construction contractors. 

Registration is free and online. 

This law replaces the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC) program with a simplified registration of construction contractors.


Do I have to register?

An individual or business entity that performs commercial or residential building construction or improvement services must register with DLI unless they:

  • have a current license, certificate or registration issued by DLI;

  • have a current independent contractor exemption certificate;

  • are an employee of a business performing construction services; or

  • are exempt from licensing under Minn. Stat. § 326B.805, subd. 6 (5) or excluded from registration requirements under Minn. Stat. § 181.723, subd. 4a.

Contractors who hire unregistered subcontractors, misclassify workers or fail to register are in violation of the law, which can result in civil penalties.


If a license is required, do not register

If contractors are performing any construction work for which a license, certification or separate registration is required under Minn. Stat. § 326B (i.e. Boiler, Electrical, Elevator, HPP, Plumbing or Residential Building Contractor), they must apply for a license and may not submit a Contractor Registration.
       

For licensing information, contact CCLD's Licensing Services at (651) 284-5031 or DLI.license@state.mn.us.

For information on contractor registration, call (651) 284-5074 or send an email to DLI.register@state.mn.us. 


*Review this information regarding:
 

Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate

A law enacted in 2012 replaces the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC) program with a simplified two-year pilot project for registration of construction contractors.

View information at Construction contractor registration with DLI


Fee:

Application fee - $0

Other Pertinent Information:

See Minn. Stats. §§ 181.723326B.805, subd. 6 (5).