When is a construction supervisor license required?

For certain construction projects, you need oversight from a licensed construction supervisor. Find out more below.

Overview

For 1- and 2-family houses of any size

  • A licensed construction supervisor must oversee construction

For most existing 1- to 4-family owned homes

  • A licensed construction supervisor must oversee construction
  • A contractor must also register for the home improvement program

For buildings less than 35,000 cubic ft.

  • A licensed construction supervisor must oversee construction including for manufactured buildings

For buildings greater than 35,000 cubic ft.

  • A registered engineer or architect must control the construction of larger buildings
  • No contractor license is necessary per MA building code
  • Check with local building officials for additional licensing requirements

Out of state contractors

  • Licensing is only required as described above
  • Out of state contractor licenses are not recognized in MA
  • A few larger municipalities have more licensing requirements
    • Contact the local building official for more info
  • The building code applies to all municipalities in MA

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