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North Carolina Public Utilities Contractor

The Public Utilities classification covers work done under the specialty classifications of Boring and Tunneling, Communications, Fuel Distribution, Electrical – Ahead of Point of Delivery, Swimming Pools, Water Lines and Sewer Lines, and Water Purification and Sewage Disposal. It also includes the performance of construction work on water and waste-water systems.

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  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Public Utilities Contractor exam.

  • A license is required for projects that are $30,000 or more.

  • There is no minimum experience requirement. Applicants must submit 3 names as references.

    All licenses covered by the commercial licensing board are divided into 3 financial categories:


  • Limited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $17,000. This level allows bids up to $500,000 per single project.

  • Intermediate: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $75,000. This level allows bids up to $1,000,000 per single project.

  • Unlimited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $150,000. This level has no restrictions as to the value of any single project.

    Applicants for the Intermediate and Unlimited license must submit audited financial statements with classified balance sheets prepared by a CPA or independent accountant engaged in the public practice of accounting.


    Surety bonds are required for applicants with insufficient working capital. The board may request that a surety bond and payment bond be obtained for jobs above a certain monetary level.

The Public Utilities classification covers work done under the specialty classifications of Boring and Tunneling, Communications, Fuel Distribution, Electrical – Ahead of Point of Delivery, Swimming Pools, Water Lines and Sewer Lines, and Water Purification and Sewage Disposal. It also includes the performance of construction work on water and waste-water systems.


To apply, contact State of North Carolina Licensing Board 1-919-571-4183.


The licensing fees are: Limited $75, Intermediate $100, and Unlimited $125.


Applications are cleared for approval to take the exam as soon as they are received. However, once exams are passed, applications are submitted to the board for review.


Applications must be submitted the 1st week of the month prior to the next board meeting (ex. 1st week of June for July approval).


The board meets once per month in every month except December. Therefore, processing time would be 1 to 2 months depending on the date submitted to the board.


All general contractors licenses expire December 31 each calendar year and normally are not issued during the month of December.


North Carolina does not have a reciprocity agreement for this license.


As of this time, there is no continuing education for this license.



  • The fee for the exam is $60 and a score of at least 70% is required to pass the exam.
  • The exam is open book, multiple-choice, and timed.
  • There are 100 questions on the exam with a 4 hour time limit. Not all reference books are allowed into the exam./

  • Topics covered on the exam are safety, excavation and grading, welding, electrical power distribution, One Call, fuel distribution, business law, swimming pools, licensing, concrete and concrete reinforcement, shotcrete and gunite, erosion and sedimentation control, water and sewer piping, boring and tunneling, and communication systems.


  • Once you are approved you will receive an eligibility letter to schedule your testing. The eligibility letter is valid for 120 days from the date on the letter and allows the candidate to take 1 exam within that time frame.
  • To schedule your exam you must contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.
  • Failing candidates may not retake an exam until at least 30 days after the failed exam.

All of the books listed under “Reference Materials” on this page were used to create the exam. However, only the following books are allowed into the exam room during the test. They are: Business and Project Management for Contractors NC OSHA for the Construction Industry; NC Administrative Code Title 15A Subchapter 18C: Water Supplies, 2004; Public Swimming Pools-NC Dept of Environmental Health and Natural Resources, Title 15A, Subchapter 18A; Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Refueling (RP200), 1999; Recommended Procedure for Testing Electrical Continuity of Fuel-Dispensing Hanging Hardware(RP400), 2002; ASME Code for Pressure Piping-B31.8-Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems, 1999; National Electrical Safety Code, 2002; The Lineman’s and Cableman’s Handbook, 10th Edition, 2002; Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2000; Concrete Pipe Installation Manual, 1995 


These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.


*There are additional downloadable documents for the North Carolina Public Utilities exam*


With the print edition discontinued, this title is no longer available for resale thru booksellers. Likewise, ASCE does not sell the e-book version through bookstores. Students have the option to purchase the e-book directly through the ASCE Library website at http://ascelibrary.org/doi/book/10.1061/9780784404065 for their own personal use.


Laws and Regulations Applicable to General Contracting in the State of North Carolina.


North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 15A, Chapter 4 Sedimentation Control, as amended July 1, 2000.


North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 113A, Article 4 Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973, as amended through October 2002.


North Carolina One Call.


Public Swimming Pools-NC Dept of Environmental Health and Natural Resources, Title 15A, Subchapter 18A, Sections .2500 NC Administrative Code.


NC Administrative Code Title 15A, Subchapter 18C: Water Supplies. 2004.

American Contractors is currently in development of several exam preparation seminars but does not offer a one to prepare for the North Carolina Public Utilities contractor license exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.