Contractor Licenses, Renewals, & Exams

Next Wilkes-Barre City Contractors Test

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Location: Public Works Garage
3 Conyngham Ave.,
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 (Enter on Pennsylvania Ave.)
The City will not provide support equipment, i.e. calculator, pencils, etc.
In order to take the test, the applicant must fill out application, have it notarized, and pay the $150.00 test fee (NON-REFUNDABLE).  The application must be submitted to the City of Wilkes-Barre’s Code Enforcement Office no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
The exam applications must be picked up, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM, at:
Code Enforcement Office, 1st Floor, City Hall
 40 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Scope of tests can be obtained at the Code Enforcement Office.
For more information, please contact the Wilkes-Barre City Code Enforcement Office at 570.208.1629.


Wilkes-Barre City Contractor Licensing Information

Licenses require passing of the Contractor's Examiniation, payment, and a copy of the insurance certificate naming the City of Wilkes-Barre as the certificate holder.

Complete the Contractor License Application/Renewal form online, download, and return to Code Enforcement with payment.

License and Exam Fees
All Contractor License Fees$200.00
Journeyman Plumbing & Electrical License$25.00
Non-Refundable Exam Fee$150.00
One-Time License (See below for more info)$350.00

All licenses have an expiration date on them. If a license is not renewed by its expiration date, a late fee is charged.

Late Fees
Late 1-45 Days                                             $25.00
Late 46-365 Days$100.00

A license may be placed in escrow for the life of the owner. Holds must be done yearly upon expiration. To remove the license from escrow, it is the cost of the yealy license plus removal fee.

Place a License on Hold                       $80.00
Place a Journeyman License on Hold$10.00
Take a License off Hold$45.00

Contractor License Renewal Due Dates

Master Electrician                                       June 30
BlacktopJune 30
Residential ElectricianJune 30
Demolition/ExcavationJune 30
General ContractorJune 30
MasonJune 30
Jobbing ContractorJune 30
Roofing & SidingJune 30
Swimming PoolsJune 30
SpecialtyJune 30

One-Time License

A one-time license is a license given once for a specific project (commercial or residential).  

If a contractor from another city or state comes to Wilkes-Barre to do a project, but does not posess a Wilkes-Barre license, the city requires 2 letters of recommendation from architects or engineers from the area where the contractor is licensed. A letter of recommendation from the building code official from where the contractor is licensed, or has previously completed project, will also be accepted, provided they are from a third class city or better. Additionally, proof of insurance is required to obtain a one-time license.

A fee of $350, which includes the $150 test fee, which is charged whether or not the applicant takes the contractor's test.  A one-time license will be issued upon review of submitted document by the Building Code Official.

Contractor's Exam Information

Bi-annual contractors licensing exams are held for applicants in order to become licensed with the City of Wilkes-Barre. These exams can be taken in a wide array of fields, with varying fees as applicable.  

Complete the Contractor's Exam Application online, download, and return to Code Enforcement with payment.

Exams will be conducted Semi-Annually on the last Saturdays of March and September. In order to take the exam, the applicant's information and a $150 test fee (non-refundable) must be submitted to the City of Wilkes-Barre’s Code Enforcement Office no later than six weeks prior to the testing date. For additional information, please call Code Enforcement at 570.208.1629.