It’s the wild west in Texas – and it’s a very friendly state to Handymen.
While most states regulate homebuilders, carpenters, and even painters, you can pretty much build a house without any kind of contractor’s license. That’s crazy!
But, there are licenses required when it comes to certain types of work, and in this post, I’ll share exactly what you can and can’t do as a handyman or contractor in Texas.
Do you need a license to be a handyman in Texas?
No, there is no state regulated handyman license, just like there is no state regulated contractor’s license.
However, there are a few minor limitions on what you can do when it comes to speciality trades. I’ll talk more about what those are below.
Additionally, in some cities, you will need to register in order to provide home repairs and maintenance.
Texas Handyman Requirements
Currently, general contracting is not overseen on the state level in Texas. But, that has led cities to create their own rules and laws around contracting.
For example, in San Antonio, in order to provide basic repairs and maintenance you’ll need to fill out an application, have a background check completed, and pay a small fee before you can legally provide services.
However, in Austin, there doesn’t appear to be any registration requirements if you are planning to do small repairs and maintenance – only for specialty contractors.
So, depending on which city you live in, you may or may not need to register for your license. To find out, I would recommend doing a google search for the keyword “handyman license in city” or “contracting license in city.”
Of course, in order to operate a legitimate business, you will need the proper business licenses – as usual. But these are easy to obtain.
Texas Handyman Limitations
So, what services can you actually provide in Texas without a license?
Most states put a financial limit on what you can do without a contractor’s license – usually limiting jobs to $500, $1,000, or even $3,000.
However, in Texas, that isn’t the case. There are currently no limits on job size for unlicensed contractors.
Despite having no limits on job size, there are limits when it comes to specialty services. Unless you have a specific license, you can NOT do any:
- Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling
- Elevator/Escalator Safety
- Building of Industrial Housing
That still leave a LOT of things you can do, like remodel a kitchen, paint, carpentry, door and window repair and installation, siding, roofing, fence repair and on and on, all without a specific license.
Personally, I think that’s pretty awesome and leaves a lot of opportunity to run a very profitable handyman business. Compare that the state of Nevada where I live, and I can’t do any jobs over a $1,000, or any plumbing, electrical, or HVAC. I’m still able to run a very profitable business, but I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I didn’t have that $1,000 limit.
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