The Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) in its Horizons (Aug. 2014) sets forth tips designed to help Nevada contractors to contract for work and to work within Nevada's contractors' law. This handy checklist may be helpful to contractors in other states as well. For additional information about Nevada's contractor's law and for the text of the statutes and administrative code cited below, refer to the NSCB Handbook, which contains Chapter 624 of the Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) and Chapter 624 of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).

NSCB's tips include:

  • Always make sure license number and monetary limits on all contracts or bids (see license classifications and link to the NSCB's contractor listing below) -- NAC § 624.640(5)
  • Keep your bond current -- NRS § 624.270
  • Check to ensure that licenses of persons with whom you contract are valid and active -- NAC § 624.650
  • Be sure the name of the business under which a contractor is contracting is the same as the license number -- NRS § 624.305
  • Be sure that amount of the bid or contract is within the monetary limit of the contractor -- NRS § 624.3015(2)
  • Be sure that the contract is within the scope of work/license classification -- NRS § 624.3015(3)
  • Know what you are contracting for, verify the terms of the contract, and comply with the terms of the contract -- NRS § 624.3013(1)
  • If it's not in your written contract, it doesn't exist -- make sure all change orders are in writing and signed by all parties -- NRS § 624.3013(1)
  • Leave Residential Construction Recovery Fund disclosure with client for all residential contractors -- NRS § 624.520
  • Provide your customer with required Notice to Owner disclosure -- NRS § 624.600(1), (2) and (3), as described in NAC § 624.693 and NAC § 624.6932
  • Make sure your license number is on all advertisements for your business including your vehicles, business cards, letterhead, signage, directories, newspaper, website, etc. -- NRS 624.720
  • Your license number should be approximately 1 1/2" on your motor vehicle -- NRS § 624.288
  • If your address or other pertinent information about your business changes, notify the Nevada State Contractors Board in writing within 30 days -- NAC § 624.640(3)

Nevada's contractor license classifications include:

  • Classification A: General engineering -- NAC § 624.140
  • Classification A: Subclassifications -- NAC § 624.150
  • Classification B: General building -- NAC § 624.160
  • Classification B: Subclassifications -- NAC § 624.170
  • Classification AB: General building and general engineering -- NAC § 624.180
  • Classification C-1: Plumbing and heating contracting; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.190
  • Classification C-2: electrical contracting; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.200
  • Classification C-3: Carpentry, maintenance and minor repairs; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.210
  • Classification C-4: Painting and decorating; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.220
  • Classification C-5: Concrete contracting -- NAC § 624.230
  • Classification C-6: Erecting signs; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.240
  • Classification C-7: Elevation and conveyance; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.250
  • Classification C-8: Glass and glazing contracting -- NAC § 624.260
  • Classification C-9: Movement of buildings -- NAC § 624.270
  • Classification C-10: Landscape contracting -- NAC § 624.280
  • Classification C-11: Spraying mixtures containing cement -- NAC § 624.290
  • Classification C-13: Using sheet metal -- NAC § 624.300
  • Classification C-14: Steel reinforcing and erection; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.310
  • Classification C-15: Roofing and siding; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.320
  • Classification C-16: Finishing floors; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.330
  • Classification C-17: Lathing and plastering; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.340
  • Classification C-18: Masonry -- NAC § 624.350
  • Classification C-19: Installing terrazzo and marble; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.360
  • Classification C-20: Tiling; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.370
  • Classification C-21: Refrigeration and air-conditioning; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.380
  • Classification C-23: Drilling wells and installing pumps, pressure tanks and storage tanks -- NAC § 624.400
  • Classification C-24: Erecting scaffolds and bleachers -- NAC § 624.410
  • Classification C-25: Fencing and equipping playgrounds -- NAC § 624.420
  • Classification C-26: Institutional contracting; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.430
  • Classification C-27: Individual sewerage -- NAC § 624.440
  • Classification C-28: Fabricating tanks; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.450
  • Classification C-30: Installing equipment to treat water -- NAC § 624.470
  • Classification C-31: Wrecking -- NAC § 624.480
  • Classification C-33: Installing industrial machinery -- NAC § 624.500
  • Classification C-36: Installing urethane; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.530
  • Classification C-37: Solar contracting; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.540
  • Classification C-38: Installing equipment used with liquefied petroleum and natural gas; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.550
  • Classification C-39: Installing heaters -- NAC § 624.560
  • Classification C-40: Specialties not authorized by other classifications -- NAC § 624.570
  • Classification C-41: Fire protection contracting; subclassifications -- NAC § 624.572
  • Classification C-42: Constructing, altering or improving video service networks -- NAC § 624.574

Also note that Nevada's contractors' law includes what is referred to as a "handyman" licensing exemption (NRS § 624.031) and what are referred to as federal licensing exemptions (NRS § 624.031).

To facilitate compliance with Nevada's contractors' law, NSCB's website includes contractor listing by county which includes information about contractors holding licenses in the various classifications as well as the contractors' monetary limit for contracts.