General Information

The City of Saint Paul requires that all residential building contractors and residential remodelers performing general building or remodeling on a structure that has four or less dwelling units (including detached garages) be licensed. 

The City honors the State of Minnesota Residential Building Contractor License. If the contractor has a State Exemption from the State of Minnesota or performs only one special skill, then a City of Saint Paul Building Contractor license is required.

The owner of the structure does not need a license if they are doing the general building or remodeling themselves.

Contractors performing two or more special skills require a State of Minnesota Residential Building Contractor License or a State of Minnesota Residential Remodeler License. Roofing requires a State of Minnesota Residential Roofer License.


Code Requirements

See Chapter 326 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code for information about building contractors. 


Application Requirements

You must submit the following:


The annual fee for a City of Saint Paul Contractor License is $191.00.

Expiration/Renewal: Your license will expire one year from the date of application OR the earliest expiration of your bond and/or insurance. The bond & insurance must be obtained from an agency authorized to do business in the State of Minnesota, and the insurance and bond expiration dates must coincide. Have the bonding company make the bond continuous until canceled.


Last Edited: March 10, 2021