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INDIANA STATE INFORMATION

CONTRACTOR LICENSE - The Department of Code Enforcement has the responsibility of licensing persons and business organizations engaged in construction activity in the Consolidated City of Indianapolis, Marion County. The Consolidated City of Indianapolis does not include the excluded cities of Lawrence, Beech Grove, Speedway and Southport. The contractor license types include general, electrical, heating and cooling, and wrecking.

Licensing for craft contractors in the fields of electrical, heating and air conditioning or refrigeration or high pressure steam (HVACR) and wrecking is at the discretion of the local municipality in the State of Indiana. There is no State license for these mentioned contractors. Applicants must meet requirements and receive approval through the appropriate licensing from the Consolidated City of Indianapolis before submitting an application for a license in the state.

Licensing for plumbing contractors is administered by the State of Indiana, with the license required to be registered with the City of Indianapolis.

General contractors, meeting stated requirements, may apply for a listing with the City of Indianapolis.  

GENERAL CONTRACTOR LISTING REQUIREMENTS - Complete all information on the application. You must submit all documentation required for the filing status in which you are applying. The names on all documentation (application, certificate of insurance, bond, and workman’s compensation) must read exactly the same. This listing will be renewable every two (2) years after the December 31st expiration date. All new listings, including name changes, will be required to attend an orientation class within sixty (60) days of issuance.

STATE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - Sole Proprietors: Insured/principal should be listed as the Sole Proprietor DBA (doing business as) Business Name - Partnerships: Insured/principal should be listed as the name of each partner DBA (doing business as) the partnership name.

DBA’S, that do not include the surname of the proprietor or partner, must register in the county in which the business originates. Proof of the DBA registration must be submitted with this application. If the county does not record DBA’s the contractor should submit a letter stating the county policy. For DBA’s in Marion County, contact the Marion County Recorder’s Office.

Corporations/LLCs: Must register with the Indiana Secretary of State at 317-232-6576.

GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE CERTIFICATE

1.  Must have minimum of $500,000 for each occurrence of death or bodily injury.

2.  Must have minimum of $100,000 for each occurrence of property damage.

3.  OR must have combined single limit coverage which covers both bodily injury and property damage minimum of $500,000/occurrence.

4.  Must have a certificate of insurance.

5.  Must name the company as the insured

6.  Must indicate coverage for Listed General Contractor

7.  Must not limit coverage to a single job

8.  Must name the “Consolidated City of Indianapolis” as Additional Insured

9.  Must notify the Department of Code Enforcement, in writing, at least 15 days prior to cancellation

10. Must identify the effective and expiration dates of the coverage

11. Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance)

12. Must list the City of Indianapolis as Certificate Holder along with the address.   

SURETY BOND OR BOND CONTINUATION CERTIFICATE

1.  Must show the bond number.

2.  Must list the name, address, and phone number of the bonding company & insurance agent.

3.  Must be in the amount of $10,000.

4.  Must name the “Consolidated City of Indianapolis and/or an Unknown Third Party as Obligee”.

5.  Must indicate coverage for a General Contractor.

6.  Must be signed by the principal (if partnership, by all partners).

7.  Must be original certificate with seal, stamp, or sticker.

8.  Bond must expire 12/31/2012. 

WORKMAN’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE CORPORATIONS - Due to the nature of a corporation, the owner/principal becomes an employee of the corporation (including Sub-S Corporations). Indiana State Law requires workman’s compensation coverage at least covering the owner/principal.

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis

2.  Must have a certificate of insurance that identifies the effective and expiration dates of      coverage.

3.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance).

Limited Liability Companies if you have employees

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis

2.  Must have certificate that identifies the effective and expiration dates of coverage

3.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance).

4. If you do NOT have employees - Must submit a signed letter on letterhead stating that neither the company nor the principals have any employees at this time, if in the future employees are hired, a certificate of insurance reflecting a workman’s compensation coverage will be provided.

5.  Partnerships and Sole Proprietors - if you have employees - Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis - Must have certificate that identifies the effective and expiration dates of coverage. - Must indicate the policy number or indicate “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance.) If you do NOT have employees - Must complete the workman’s compensation waiver on the application.

ELECTRICAL LICENSES - Requires an electrical contractor to be licensed if performing work to connect electrical power for onsite construction, to install, alter, replace, service or repair a system distributing electrical power, to service equipment supplying power to factory-constructed dwellings located in a mobile home park, and to install, modernize, replace, service or repair all or any part of an electrical power distribution system.

Licensing is at the discretion of the local municipality in the State of Indiana (there is not a state electrical license). 

Listed below are the requirements to become a licensed Electrical Contractor (person) within the Consolidated City of Indianapolis.

Six (6) years of experience in electrical construction: at least four (4) of which must be practical work experience, all pertaining to electrical power distribution systems. The State may assign up to two (2) years’ experience for successful completion of related college courses, or a related apprenticeship.

DEFINITION OF ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

1.  A PERSON WHO EITHER PERFORMS OR SUPERVISES THE INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT PER THE NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE IN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS

2.  Appear for an interview at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board.

3.  Attaining the appropriate score on the Exam, sponsored by the Consolidated City of Indianapolis.

4.  75.0% or higher with the testing center exam: Master Electrical 4 hour exam or 20313 Residential Electrical 3 hour exam.

5.  Approval of the Board of Electrical Examiners.

          6.  Filing of application(s), fee(s), surety bond, proof of general liability insurance and workman’s compensation coverage.  

The process - The applicant must submit the following to the Board of Electrical Examiners at least ten (10) business days before the Board meeting.

1. Electrical Exam Application and resume with work experience.

a) A SIGNED NOTARIZED LETTER OF REFERENCE from employer on  original letterhead stationery documenting six (6) years of experience, including dates of employment (start and end dates) and a description of the job responsibilities.

b) If not available, three (3) letters of reference, citing dates, from supply houses, or general contractors/builders, who have employed you as an electrician, may be submitted. Corporation or business license documents, including founding date, should be submitted. W-2’s, copies of check stubs or other relevant tax documents, which record six (6) years of experience in the electrical field, may be used in conjunction with other documents.

c) If these references are not available, at least three (3) letters from customers may be submitted, (but are not the preferred reference.) Character references are not appropriate.

d) The letters of reference must document at least six (6) years of electrical construction experience for the individual (not company). If applicant does not have information within a timeline of the last 2 years, then additional documentation pertaining to experience may include the last ten years.

e) Licensing is at the discretion of the local municipality in the State of Indiana (there is not a state electrical license). Listed below are the requirements to become a licensed Electrical Contractor (person) within the Consolidated City of Indianapolis:

f) Six (6) years of experience in electrical construction - At least four (4) of which must be practical work experience, all pertaining to electrical power distribution systems. The State may assign up totwo (2) years’ experience for successful completion of related college courses, or a related apprenticeship.

1. DEFINITION OF ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE - A PERSON WHO EITHER PERFORMS OR SUPERVISES THE INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT PER THE NATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE IN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS.

2. Appear for an interview at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. Attaining the appropriate score on the Exam, sponsored by the Consolidated City of Indianapolis.

a) 75.0% or higher on the exam: Master Electrical 4 hour exam or 20313 Residential Electrical 3 hour exam.

3. Approval of the Board of Electrical Examiners.

4. Filing of application(s), fee(s), surety bond, proof of general liability insurance and workman’s compensation coverage.

The process - The applicant must submit the following to the State of Electrical Examiners at least ten (10) business days before the Board meeting.

a) Electrical Exam Application and resume with work experience.

b) A SIGNED NOTARIZED LETTER OF REFERENCE from employer on original letterhead stationery documenting six (6) years of experience, including dates of employment (start and end dates) and a description of the job responsibilities.

c) If not available, three (3) letters of reference, citing dates, from supply houses, or general contractors/builders, who have employed you as an electrician, may be submitted. Corporation or business license documents, including founding date, should be submitted. W-2’s, copies of check stubs or other relevant tax documents, which record six (6) years of experience in the electrical field, may be used in conjunction with other documents.

d) If these references are not available, at least three (3) letters from customers may be submitted, (but are not the preferred reference.) Character references are not appropriate.

e) The letters of reference must document at least six (6) years of electrical construction experience for the individual (not company). If applicant does not have information within a timeline of the last 2 years, then additional documentation pertaining to experience may include the last ten years.

Electrical Contractor Examination Process - Copies of current licenses, technical certificates, and/or diploma’s; from a university or trade school, if applicable. Copy of a certificate of completion of an electrical apprenticeship. 

*It is required by the City Ordinance that the above four (4) items must be submitted to the State of Electrical Examiners for an applicant to be considered for approval to take the exam.

a. Applicant appears for an interview. The State of Electrical Examiners determines if the applicant meets the requirements to take the appropriate exam and if approved, the applicant registers with the independent testing agency.

If the applicant scores - 75.0% or higher on the exam - Master Electrical. 4 hour exam or 20312 Residential Electrical 3 hour exams, the applicant reappears before the State for final determination in granting the license and orientation. After passing the test, proof of surety bond, general liability insurance, and workmen’s compensation coverage must be submitted with fee(s) and application(s) for the license(s) prior to reappearing before the state.

If the applicant holds a license that required the passage of the appropriate examination, the applicant may qualify for a reciprocal license.

There are two types of licenses approved by the State - The requirements are the same for both licenses.

Master license holder is authorized - to perform electrical work without limitation. Residential license holder is authorized to perform electrical work in one-or two-family residential structures.

Licensure as an electrical contractor - Licensure as an electrical contractor is required to accomplish the connection of electrical power for on-site construction activity, to install, alter, replace, service or repair a system distributing electrical power, to service equipment supplying power to factory-constructed dwellings located in a mobile home park and to install, modernize, replace, service or repair all or any part of an electrical power distribution system. An electrical contractor shall also be entitled to install, modernize, replace, service or repair space heating equipment or space cooling equipment using electricity as its primary source of energy, excluding work on any refrigerant cycle.

Not required to be a licensed electrical contractor - Installation or repair of electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus, or equipment that operate at less than twenty-five (25) volts and are capable of supplying less than fifty (50) watts of energy, except for fire detection and fire alarms. A contractor does not have to be an electrical contractor if wiring for computers (if below 25 volts), data systems (if below 25 volts), or security cameras. However, cutting walls, drywall, flooring, mounting cameras or televisions on the walls. The contractor must be registered as a general contractor, (unless he is a sub-contractor).

License Upgrade - Once within a one-year period of taking the Residential Electrical examination, an applicant may upgrade their license without appearing before the Board. However, if it is more than a year since taking the Residential Electrical examination the applicant must appear before the state of Electrical Examiners to upgrade his or her license.

2011 STATE of ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS POLICIES - Passing score for the 2008 NEC examination is 75.0%. Applicants approved by the state may take the license exam three times. If on the third exam the applicant scores above 60%, the applicant may re-appear before the State and request a fourth exam without a one-year waiting period. A one-year waiting period will be required if the applicant does not pass the fourth examination. All Applicants will be required to show proof of experience. (State Policies May Change).

Applicant must meet the following requirements

1. Must have documentation providing at least 6 years of experience in electrical construction, according to the requirements specified in becoming a licensed Electrical Contractor within the Consolidated City of Indianapolis.

2. State may assign up to 2 years’ experience for related acceptable accredited college courses, successfully completed, with technical certificates, and/or diplomas.

3. State may assign up to 2 years’ experience for successful completion of a related electrical apprenticeship, including copy of a certificate of completion, i.e. the (certificate recognized by the Department of Labor.)

4. Must have worked in the industry at least 12 months within the last 2 years documented. However, if applicant does not have current information within a timeline of the last two years, then additional documentation pertaining to experience may include the last ten years.

DEFINITION of ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

A PERSON WHO EITHER PERFORMS OR SUPERVISES THE INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT PER THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE IN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL APPLICATIONS.

5. The State may reciprocate a license from another area - If the applicant can provide proof, with an original letter from the appropriate agency, that the applicant was tested with state testing center. Master Electrical 4 hour exam or Residential Electrical three hour examination with a score of 75.0% or higher, and meets all other requirements.  

6. Selling a license or lack of proper supervision will not be tolerated.

a) First violation – Reprimand and consultation.

b) Second violation – License may be suspended up to 180 days.

c) Third violation – License may be revoked. 2011 Electrical Policies

7. Involvement of License Holder in a Joint Venture - Non-licensed electrical contractors may enter into a joint venture with a licensed electrical contractor and perform electrical work. An unlicensed person may only perform electrical work under the supervision of a licensed electrical contractor. The licensed person is expected to provide responsible direction and control in specifying the electrical work processes as well as supervising the person accomplishing the work. Either the license holder or an employee, who is directly under the supervision of and directly reports to the license holder, is expected to be on-site providing supervision, and direction. This is especially true if the non-license holder’s company is providing the manpower. It is ultimately the license holder who is responsible for the work.

8. Low Voltage Definition - A contractor must be a licensed electrical contractor to perform work, in which electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus, or equipment operate at more than twenty-five (25) volts and are capable of supplying more than fifty (50) watts of energy, except for fire detection or fire alarms, as defined by the State. Electrical permits must be obtained as required by Ordinance. In addition, any inspections required by Ordinance must be requested.  

9. The following are the guidelines for Electrical License Holders on Probation

a. The License Holder will be required to attend the next License Orientation.

b. The License Holder is required to request inspections for all work performed, including work that does not require permits.

c. The License Holder may be subject to additional Board action for ANY violation during the probation period which is not corrected in a timely manner.

d. The License Holder is required to correct any outstanding violations in the specified time frame.

e. The inspection staff will provide periodic updates to the Board concerning The License Holder’s activities during the probation period.

f. Selling of license, or lack of proper supervision for any project where a permit is required and/or has been issued to The License Holder will not be tolerated.

g. Failure to comply with ANY provisions of the Probation shall result in suspension or revocation of The License Holder’s license for a period of time as determined by the state.

h. If failure to comply with one or more provisions of probation is reported, the Board shall hold a Formal Hearing at the first Board Meeting or sooner if necessary, to determine action to be taken regarding The License Holder.

i. The state may require immediate license revocation and other action as needed, in the event that life and/or property are in danger.

The above guidelines are recommended but in no way limit the action taken by the State in all circumstances.

ELECTRICAL, HEATING & COOLING, AND WRECKING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION - Submit all documentation required for the filing status in which you are applying. The names on all documentation (application, certificate of insurance, bond, and workman’s compensation) must read exactly the same. This License will be renewable every two (2) years after the December 31st, expiration date. All Corporations and LLCs must register with the Indiana Secretary of State.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS - Sole Proprietors: Insured/principal should be listed as the “Sole Proprietor DBA (doing business as) the Business Name” Partnerships - Insured/principal should be listed as the “Partners DBA (doing business as) the Partnership Name.

DBA’s - That do not include the surname of the proprietor or partner, must register in the county in which the business originates. Proof of the DBA registration must be submitted with this application. If the county does not record DBA’s the contractor should submit a letter stating the county policy. For DBA’s located in Marion County, contact the Marion County Recorder’s Office.

Corporations/LLCs - Must register with the Indiana Secretary of State at (317) 232-6576.

APPLICATION - Must have dated signature of sole proprietor, partner, or officer of the corporation (attesting that information is complete and accurate) Must list at least one license holder authorized to obtain permits. 

GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE CERTIFICATE

1.    Must have a certificate of insurance with: - Minimum of $500,000 for each occurrence of death or bodily injury - Minimum of $100,000 for each occurrence of property damage.  

2.    OR Combined single limit coverage which covers both bodily injury and property damage, minimum of $500,000 per occurrence.

3.    Must indicate the policy number or “Binder”.

4.    Must identify the effective and expiration dates of the coverage.

5.    Must name the sole proprietor, partnership, or corporation as the insured.

6.    Must indicate coverage for “Electrician”, “Heating & Cooling Work”, or “Wrecking”.

7.    Must not limit coverage to a single job.

8.    Must name the “Consolidated City of Indianapolis” as Additional Insured.

9.    Must list the City of Indianapolis as Certificate Holder.

10. Must notify the Department of Code Enforcement, in writing, at least 15 days prior to cancellation.

SURETY BOND OR BOND CONTINUATION CERTIFICATE

1.   Must show the bond number.

2.   Must list the name, address, and phone number of the bonding company & insurance    agent.

3.    Must be in the amount of:

a)  $10,000 for Electrical Contractor

b)  $5,000 for Heating & Cooling Contractor

c)  $30,000 for Wrecking Type A Contractor

d)  $20,000 for Wrecking Type B Contractor

e)  $10,000 for Wrecking Type C Contractor

f)   Must name the “Consolidated City of Indianapolis and/or an Unknown Third Party” as Obligee.

g)  Must indicate coverage for a Electrical Contractor, Heating/Cooling Contractor, or Wrecking Contractor.

h)  Must be signed by the principal (If partnership, all partners must sign bond).

i)   Must have the expiration date of 12/31/2013.

WORKMAN’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE (Corporations) - Due to the nature of a corporation, the owner/principal becomes an employee of the corporation (including Sub-S Corporations). By Indiana State Law they are required to carry workman’s compensation coverage at least covering the owner/principal.

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis &      Marion County.

2.  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of coverage.

3.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance). 

Limited Liability Companies - If you have employees

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis.

2.  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of coverage.

3.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance).

If you do NOT have employees - Must submit signed letter on letterhead stating that neither the company nor the principals have any employees at this time. If in the future employees are hired, a certificate of insurance reflecting workman’s compensation coverage will be provided to the Department of Code Enforcement.

     Partnerships and Sole Proprietors, If you have employees

a)  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis.

b)  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of coverage.

c)  Must indicate the policy number or indicate “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance.) 

If you do NOT have employees - Must complete the workman’s compensation waiver on the Application Licensing is at the discretion of the local municipality in the State of Indiana (there is not a state heating & cooling license).

The requirements to become a licensed Heating and Air Conditioning or Refrigeration or High Pressure Steam Contractor within the Consolidated City of Indianapolis are:

1.  Five (5) years of practical work experience or a combination of experience and    school which totals five years (a maximum of two (2) years may be educational).

2. Attain a minimum score of 70.0% on the appropriate exam.

3. Appear for an interview at a regularly scheduled meeting with the state.

4. Approval of the Board of Heating & Cooling Examiners.

5. Filing of application(s), fee(s), surety bond, general liability insurance and workman’s compensation coverage.

Types of Licenses - Air Conditioning Class ”A” – unrestricted.

Air Conditioning Class “B” 25 tons cooling/500,000 BTUs heating, boiler pressures not exceeding 15 psig steam and 30 psig water.

Air Conditioning Class “D” 5 tons cooling/300,000 BTUs heating Refrigeration High Pressure Steam.

The Process - Applicant appears before the Board of Heating & Cooling Examiners to determine if the applicant meets the requirements to take the exam. The applicant must submit the following to the state of Heating & Cooling Examiners at least ten (10) business days before the state meeting:

1. Heating & Cooling Exam Application and resume with work experience

2. Verification of employment documenting at least 5 years for a person in the HVACR trade by current and former employers must be verified on original letterhead stationery, including dates of employment (start and end dates) and a description of job responsibilities. If letter of employment verification is not available, letters of reference from supply houses or general contractors/builders who have employed you as an HVACR designer, installer, or technician may be submitted. At least three (3) letters of reference from customers on original stationery, with phone number and address of person giving recommendation, including the dates and nature of service provided by the applicant.

3. Schooling or training certificates, refrigerant handling license, transcripts, and other HVACR licenses held in other jurisdictions should be submitted if possible.

HVACR CONTRACTOR EXAMINATION PROCESS

a) It is required by the City Ordinance that the above four (4) items must be submitted to the Board of Heating and Cooling Examiners for an applicant to be considered for approval to take the exam.

b) Applicant appears for an interview. The State of Heating & Cooling Examiners determines if the applicant meets the requirements to take the appropriate exam.

c) If the applicant scores 70.0% or higher, the applicant reappears before the Board for final determination in granting the license. After passing the test, proof of surety bond, general liability insurance and workman’s compensation coverage must be submitted with fee(s) and application(s) for the license(s) prior to reappearing before the state.

d) If the applicant holds a license that required the passage of the appropriate examination, the applicant may qualify for a reciprocal license. Contact the state.

LICENSURE AS A HEATING & COOLING CONTRACTOR - Licensure as a heating & cooling contractor of the appropriate type is required to install, modernize, replace, service or repair all or any part of a heating system, space heating equipment, a cooling system, space cooling equipment or refrigeration equipment.

If he/she in the course of carrying out ordinary maintenance and repair if such work is accomplished by the person in the regular course of his/her sole, full-time employment by the owner of the premises which such ordinary maintenance and repair occurs.

Maintenance employee whose full-time job is maintenance and repair may do maintenance and repair in a building that is owned by his/her employer, without being a heating & cooling contractor. This does not include installation.

2011 STATE OF HEATING and COOLING EXAMINERS POLICY LIST (state may change policy)

1.   TESTING/REPEAT TESTING OF HEATING & COOLING APPLICANTS

2.   Passing grade for examination is 70%.

3.   Applicants, who score between 69% and 60%, may retest once without re-appearing before the state.

4.   After an applicant’s second failure, he may not retest for a period of one year. At that time, he must reappear before the board and provide documentation indicating improvement in areas of weakness.

5.   Applicants scoring less than 60% must re-appear before the state and provide documented evidence indicating improvement in the areas of weakness before they may retest. This situation shall be allowed once.

6.  The ability to show improvement in areas of weakness requires the applicant to have received the strengths and weaknesses report from the testing agency. All documentation must be submitted in writing.

1.  An Examination Applicant who was approved to test - But did not take the test, may take the approved examination any time within the two year period from the date approval was granted by the Board. If more than two years has elapsed, the applicant must provide documentation that the applicant has worked within the Heating and Air Conditioning field during the previous two years.

2.  REINSTATEMENT - If a heating and cooling license that has been expired more than one year requires that the individual license holder appear before the State of Heating & Cooling Examiners to request reinstatement. If the individual license has expired more than two years but less than four years (expired December 31, 2006), the candidate has to appear before the State to request reinstatement, providing documentation that he/she has been employed in the trade during the past two years. If the individual license has expired more than four years  (expired December 31, 2005 or before), the person has to start all over, requesting to test,  document appropriate number of years of experience in the trade, take the test and pass.

3.  LICENSE UPGRADE - Once per year, a licensed contractor may take an additional examination to upgrade their license by applying to the Department. In the following instances, an appearance before the State is not required to take the examination.

4.  2011 Heating & Cooling State Policies - Air Conditioning “D” license holder may take Air Conditioning “B” exam Or Refrigeration exam.  Air Conditioning “B” license holder may take Air Conditioning“A” exam  Or High Pressure Steam exam Or Refrigeration High Pressure Steam license holder may take Air Conditioning “D” exam Or Refrigeration exam Refrigeration license holder may take Air Conditioning “D” exam Or High Pressure Steam exam Service Only license holders may not test without appearing before the state.

5. RECIPROCITY - The State of Heating and Cooling Examiners may accept reciprocity on a comparable license issued by a municipality or government agency provided that: the issuing agency certifies to the Department of Code Enforcement, Consolidated City of Indianapolis, hereafter called Department, that the license is current, that the license is not suspended or revoked,  the license meets or exceeds the requirements for the license being applied for and, the license was issued upon passing a standardized exam produced by testing and has verified to the Department that the exam is equivalent to the license examinations given by the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and, the applicant meets all other requirements for holding the license for the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and,  all documentation must be submitted in writing from the appropriate agency.  Providing that the applicant meets all of the above criteria, the State of Heating & Cooling Examiners, may issue a reciprocal license to the said applicant. The applicant must appear before the state to receive their license and orientation before it becomes valid. If the applicant does not meet all of the above criteria, then the State shall not issue a reciprocal license.

6. 2011 Heating & Cooling State Policies:  

CLARIFICATION of ORDINARY, MAINTENANCE, and REPAIR FOR STATE OF HEATING & COOLING EXAMINERS - Replacement of a residential air conditioning condensing unit will be considered as ordinary maintenance & repair if:

a. Unit nominal capacity is not increased and,

b. Unit is not replaced in conjunction with replacement of a fossil fuel furnace and,

c. Indoor unit is not relocated within the structure and,

d. Work is not part of a remodel, renovation, or in conjunction with work that produces a change in floor plan of the structure and,

e. Unit is replaced without the installation, or modification of the electrical supply to the disconnect at the condensing unit and,

f. The refrigerant number utilized in the system is not changed.

This is based on the concept that replacement of a condensing unit has no impact on the safety of the occupants in the structure.

7. COMPLIANCE WITH ADA STANDARDS IN TESTING - It is the professional judgment of the Board of Heating and Cooling Examiners that heating and air conditioning installers must be able to read and understand complex and varied installation instructions in order to safely and effectively do their jobs. Consequently, the state administers a written test to determine the qualifications of all license applicants. The purpose of this test is to evaluate the applicant’s substantive knowledge, and ability to read and understand written instructions. Therefore, requested test modifications related to reading disabilities will be reviewed on a case by case basis, in conjunction with the City ADA counsel, and authorized if the requested modification does not alleviate the applicant from proving these essential abilities.

8. INVOLVEMENT OF LICENSE HOLDER IN A JOINT VENTURE - Non-licensed heating & cooling contractors may enter into a joint venture with a licensed heating & cooling contractor and perform heating & cooling work. An unlicensed person may only perform heating & cooling work under the supervision of a licensed heating and cooling contractor. The licensed person is expected to provide responsible direction and control in specifying the heating & cooling work processes as well as supervising the person accomplishing the work. Either the license holder or an employee, who is directly under the supervision of and directly reports to the license holder, is expected to be on-site providing supervision, and direction. This is especially true if the non-license holder’s company is providing the manpower. It is ultimately the license holder who is responsible for the work.

9. CLARIFICATION OF VENTILATION FOR BOARD OF HEATING & COOLING EXAMINERS - Installation of the ductwork for an exhaust hood greater than four (4) square feet or any exhaust hood in a non-residential structure is considered ventilation and requires installation by a Class A, Class B, or Class D heating and cooling contractor.

Heating and Cooling Examiners Probation Policies - Selling a license or lack of supervision will not be tolerated.

1.     First violation – Reprimand and consultation.

2.     Second violation – License may be suspended up to 180 days.

3.     Third violation – License may be revoked.

1. The following are the Guidelines for HVACR License Holders on Probation - The State may impose suspension, revocation or ineligibility of license renewal, and then the State may conditionally suspend the original imposition based upon the contractor satisfactorily fulfilling the conditions imposed by the Board during a given period. Generally, this is what is meant by probation.

2. The contractor is required to request inspections for all work performed during the probation period.

3. The inspection staff will provide periodic updates to the Board concerning the contractor’s activities during the probation period.

4. Selling of license, or lack of proper supervision for any project where a permit is required and/or has been issued to The License Holder will not be tolerated.

5. The contractor may be subject to additional Board action for any violations during the probation period which are not corrected in a timely manner; and

6. Failure to comply with any provisions of the probation may result in suspension or revocation of the license for a period of time. The State shall call a formal hearing before suspension or revocation is determined.

7. If failure to comply with one or more provisions of probation is reported, the State shall hold a Formal Hearing at the first State Meeting or sooner if necessary, to determine action to be taken regarding The License Holder.

8. The State may require immediate license revocation and other action as needed, in the event that life and/or property are in danger.

9.  The above policies are recommended but in no way limit the action taken by the state in aggravated circumstances.

PLUMBING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS GENERAL INFORMATION - Complete all information on the application. The names on all documentation and applications must read exactly the same. Plumbing licenses will be renewable every two (2) years after the December 31st, expiration date. License Holders and Corporations/LLC’s have separate fees and each must fill out license holder’s application.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS - Plumbing contractors, both License Holders and corporations, must submit a current copy of their Indiana State Plumbing License card along with the application. DBA’s, that do not include the surname of the proprietor or partner, must register in the county in which the business originates. Proof of the DBA registration must be submitted with this application. If the county does not record DBA’s the contractor should submit a letter stating the county policy. For DBA’s located in Marion County, contact the Marion County Recorder’s Office. 

If you do not have an Indiana State Plumbing License Card contact - Indiana Professional Licensing, 302 W. Washington Street, Room E034, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Department of Code Enforcement, 1200 Madison Ave, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225

ELECTRICAL, HEATING, COOLING and WRECKING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION - Submit all documentation required for the filing status in which you are applying. The names on all documentation (application, certificate of insurance, bond, and workman’s compensation) must read exactly the same. This License will be renewable every two (2) years after the December 31st, expiration date. All Corporations and LLCs must register with the Indiana Secretary of State. 

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS - Sole Proprietors - Insured/principal should be listed as the “Sole Proprietor DBA (doing business as) the Business Name” - Partnerships: Insured/principal should be listed as the “Partners DBA (doing business as) the Partnership Name.

DBA’s, that do not include the surname of the proprietor or partner, must register in the county in which the business originates. Proof of the DBA registration must be submitted with this application. If the county does not record DBA’s the contractor should submit a letter stating the county policy. For DBA’s located in Marion County, contact the Marion County Recorder’s Office.

Corporations/LLCs: Must register with the Indiana Secretary of State at (317) 232-6576.

APPLICATION - Must have dated signature of sole proprietor, partner, or officer of the corporation (attesting that information is complete and accurate) and must list at least one license holder authorized to obtain permits.

GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE CERTIFICATE - Must have a certificate of insurance with:

1.  Minimum of $500,000 for each occurrence of death or bodily injury

2.  Minimum of $100,000 for each occurrence of property damage.

3.  OR Combined single limit coverage which covers both bodily injury and property damage, minimum of $500,000 per occurrence

4.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder”

5.  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of the coverage

6.  Must name the sole proprietor, partnership, or corporation as the insured.

7.  Must indicate coverage for “Electrician”, “Heating & Cooling Work”, or “Wrecking”.

8.  Must not limit coverage to a single job.

9.  Must name the “Consolidated City of Indianapolis” as Additional Insured.

10. Must list the City of Indianapolis as Certificate Holder.

11. Must notify the Department of Code Enforcement, in writing, at least 15 days prior to cancellation.

SURETY BOND OR BOND CONTINUATION CERTIFICATE - Must show the bond number and must list the name, address, and phone number of the bonding company & insurance agent.

Must be in the amount of:

1.  $10,000 for Electrical Contractor

2.  $5,000 for Heating & Cooling Contractor

3.  $30,000 for Wrecking Type “A” Contractor

4.  $20,000 for Wrecking Type “B” Contractor

5.  $10,000 for Wrecking Type “C” Contractor

6.  Must name the “Consolidated City of Indianapolis and/or an Unknown Third Party” as Oblige.

7.  Must indicate coverage for Electrical Contractor, Heating/Cooling Contractor, or Wrecking Contractor.

8.  Must be signed by the principal (If partnership, all partners must sign bond).

9.  Must have the expiration date of 12/31/2013.

WORKMAN’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE CORPORATIONS - Due to the nature of a corporation, the owner/principal becomes an employee of the corporation (including Sub-S Corporations). By Indiana State Law they are required to carry workman’s compensation coverage – at least covering the owner/principal.

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis/Marion County.

2.  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of coverage.

3.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance).

Limited Liability Companies - If you have employees:

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis.

2.  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of coverage.

3.  Must indicate the policy number or “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance).

If you do NOT have employees - Must submit signed letter on letterhead stating that neither the company nor the principals have any employees at this time. If in the future employees are hired, a certificate of insurance reflecting workman’s compensation coverage will be provided to the Department of Code Enforcement.

Partnerships and Sole Proprietors - If you have employees

1.  Must carry Workman’s Compensation Insurance for workers employed in Indianapolis.

2.  Must identify the effective and expiration dates of coverage.

3.  Must indicate the policy number or indicate “Binder” (a binder is only valid for 30 days from date of issuance). If you do NOT have employees: Must complete the workman’s compensation waiver on the application. 

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