Contractor/Trade Licensing

Licenses

Building Inspections issues and regulates the licensing and registration of contractors and trades people in the various fields. All contractors are required to be licensed prior to working in the City of Great Bend. Licensure includes maintaining active certificates of insurance and surety bonds. The license types issued by the City of Great Bend are:

  • Class A General Contractor - Entitles license holder to contract for and perform any act as a building contractor for building, remodeling or repairing of any structure or addition.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class B Building Contractor - Entitles license holder to contract for and perform any act as a building contractor limited to the erection, addition to, remodeling and wrecking of commercial buildings not exceeding three stories in height.  Allows license holder to contract for and perform nonstructural remodeling to commercial buildings exceeding three stories in height.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class C Residential Contractor - Entitles license holder to contract for and perform any act as a contractor limited to construction, remodeling, and/or repair of one- and two-family residences, and building accessories thereto.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class D Roofing Unlimited Contractor - Entitles license holder to contract for and perform any act as a contractor limited to installation, repair and replacement of roof coverings.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class E Roofing Limited Contractor - Entitles license holder to contract for and perform any act as a contractor limited to the installation, repair, and replacement of residential steep roof coverings.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class F Limited Contractor (includes sign contractors) - Entitles license holder to contract for and perform any act as a contractor limited to one or more specific specialties listed on the license application.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class G Demolition Contractor - Entitles license holder to demolish any building.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Class H House Moving Contractor - Entitles license holder to move any building.  **Excludes all electrical, mechanical and plumbing.
  • Electrical Contractor - Entitles license holder to engage in the business of electrical wiring on his own and not in the employ of another person.  Certificates required.  **Excludes all mechanical and plumbing.
  • Mechanical Contractor - Entitles license holder to engage in the business of mechanical operations and/or mechanical systems on his own and not in the employ of another person.  Certificates required.  **Excludes all electrical and plumbing.
  • Plumbing Contractor - Entitles license holder to engage in the business of plumbing on his own and not in the employ of another person.  Certificates required.  **Excludes all electrical and mechanical.

The following license types require applicants to provide proof of a minimum exam score of 75%: Class A General, Class B Building, Class C Residential, Class D Roofing Unlimited, Class E Roofing Limited, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Gasfitting and Water Treating. Accepted exams include those from ICC, Prometric and Block & Associates.  All license types also require applicants to provide documentation verifying their work and/or educational experience in their respective fields.  Please contact our office or see Code of Ordinances for experience and/or educational requirements.

Applicants must also provide proof of general liability insurance with minimum policy limits of $500,000.00 for each occurrence. The certificate of insurance must be on an Acord form with “City of Great Bend” named as the certificate holder. Surety bonds in the amount of $5,000.00 are also required for Class G Demolition Contractors and Class H House Moving Contractors.

**Please note that all contractors performing roofing work are required to hold a State of Kansas Roofer Registration certificate in addition to their City of Great Bend license. Please visit https://ag.ks.gov/licensing/roofing-registration for more information on Roofer Registration.

All licenses are renewed on an annual basis with the license year running from 7/1 to 6/30. 

The City of Great Bend Citizen Portal allows individuals to search for licensed contractors.  This Contractor Search will provide information on currently and previously licensed contractors.

Online License Applications:

New license applications and license renewals can now be submitted online through the City of Great Bend Citizen Portal.  Submitted applications will be reviewed by our office and we will make contact via the provided email address if further information is needed and to process licensing fees.  Some fees can be paid at time of submission; however, this does not mean that a license is issued.  Our department will still complete a final review of all submitted applications and will issue the official license.  

PDF Application Information

Contractor License Application
Insurance Requirements
Trade Licensing Certificate Application (PDF)

Trade Licensing Certificates

In addition to licensure, all trades people, Masters, Journeymen, Apprentices and Helpers are required to hold a certificate prior to working in the City of Great Bend. Master and Journeymen applicants are required to provide proof of a minimum exam score of 75%.

All certificates are renewed on an annual basis with the license year running from 7/1 to 6/30.

Testing Information

For testing information through Prometric please contact our office for a testing application. All applicants taking an exam through Prometrics will be sponsored by the City of Great Bend and we require information regarding education and work history prior to submitting the application.

Contractor and trade testing is also available through the International Code Council (ICC). To schedule an exam visit their website at www.iccsafe.org.

Continuing Education

The City of Great Bend requires twelve (12) hours of approved continuing education for plumbing, gas, mechanical and electrical license and trades people. Six (6) hours are to be code book related and the hours shall be submitted at the time of renewal on even license years (i.e. 2016, 2018, 2020, etc.).

Please contact our office at (620) 793-4106 with any questions or for further information regarding licensing.