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About the CIB

The Construction Industries Board (“CIB”) is a non-appropriated, self-funded state agency whose mission is to protect life and property by licensing and inspection of the related trades for the health, safety and welfare of the public. The CIB receives no federal funds and is funded primarily by license, registration and endorsement fees, pursuant to the related statutory trade regulatory acts and administrative rules as adopted through the legislative rule-making process of the Administrative Procedures Act.

The CIB consists of seven (7) board members each appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for a term of four (4) years. The term of office is four years. The Governor is the Appointing Authority, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The CIB board members and the trade committee members are volunteers serving without compensation, except they may receive mileage reimbursement pursuant to the State Travel Reimbursement Act.

The CIB is the statutorily created state agency charged with regulating, through licensing, registration, inspection and enforcement, the Plumbing License Law of 1955, the Oklahoma Inspectors Act, the Electrical License Act, the Mechanical Licensing Act, the Home Inspection Licensing Act, the Roofing Contractor Registration Act, and the Construction Industries Board Act

These regulatory acts help to ensure Oklahoma’s citizenry that professionals performing the complex tasks required for installation, repair or maintenance work have met the statewide minimum competency required by statute to perform skilled trade, or craft trade work providing a safer edifice for life and property, including protecting infrastructures such as our public water supply.

The CIB board functions as the umbrella board over the various skilled trade industry examining committees. The CIB board is unlike other state boards and commissions in that the administrative regulatory decisions it makes over the different skilled trade industry committees' administrative proceedings (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, roofing, building and construction inspectors, and home inspectors) cannot consist of a majority of market participants due to the various and separate trade industries represented on the CIB board, thereby inherently protecting itself from anti-competitive and anti-trust challenges. 

An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) presides over all administrative hearings on alleged violations of the statutes/rules and makes a written recommendation to the CIB board. No order is final until, and unless, the CIB board issues a final order. The hearings are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, the Open Meeting Act, and CIB statutory and rule requirements.

History of the CIB

Prior to 2001, various skilled trade industry committees governing statewide regulation were in existence under the Department of Public Health, occupational licensing division. In 2001, policymakers determined there was a need to streamline and improve the oversight and transparency of the skilled trade regulatory function by separating the skilled trade industries from the Department of Public Health and creating the Construction Industries Board. Effective January 1, 2002, the CIB became the regulatory agency and began regulating the plumbing, electrical and mechanical trades, and building and construction inspectors through the powers and duties set forth in the Construction Industries Board Act and in the respective licensing acts for such trades. 

The purpose of the CIB, in essence, has not changed but the number of regulated skilled trade industries have expanded to include enforcement of the provisions of the Home Inspection Licensing Act and the Roofing Contractor Registration Act, all for the continuing purpose of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The board and the regulations it enforces not only help to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, but also contribute to the education and development of the skilled workforce. 

The effect of statewide licensing is to provide a statutory minimum standard of competence and protection to the public. Licensed plumbers, electricians, and mechanical contractors and journeymen have at least three to four years of experience in the trade and have successfully passed their trade exam over the related trade codes. 

The minimum standard requirements, along with regulatory enforcement, bring value to the license holder and the licensed industry. In order to promote economic growth and recovery, a skilled workforce is essential. The state benefits by having a better educated and skilled workforce and licensed contractors who are Oklahoma businesses employing skilled workers.

General FAQs

Q: What skilled trades are regulated by the Construction Industries Board (“CIB”)?

A: Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Roofing, Building and Construction Inspectors, and Home Inspectors. For more information on each skilled trade, go to the specific skilled trade under “Your Industry” on the subject menu at the top of the page.


Q: Are General Contractors required to have a state license in Oklahoma?

A: No. General Contractors are not currently required to have a state license in Oklahoma for general contracting. However, trade licenses/registrations are required for performing, or offering to perform, licensed/registered trade work. Further, local jurisdictions should be contacted for any local requirements.


Q: Does the CIB issue “permits” for plumbing, electrical or mechanical work to be performed?

A: No. The CIB does not have authority to “permit” specific work, only to regulate the qualifications and responsibilities of the licensed or registered worker performing the work and enforce the statewide adopted building codes for plumbing, electrical and mechanical work in geographic areas that have adopted statewide codes but do not employ a building and construction inspector. This is usually in rural areas or smaller jurisdictions.


Q: Since there is no “permit” issued by the CIB, is there any notice that must be provided to the CIB before performing plumbing, electrical, or mechanical work?

A: Yes. If you are installing, modifying, or altering plumbing, electrical, or mechanical systems on any property in a city or town that has not adopted a State recognized code, does not require permits, does not have an appointed inspector or perform inspections in the related trade, you must provide notice to the CIB. See Notification Of Work Without Permit form.


Q: Is there a requirement for plumbing, electrical and mechanical work to be inspected by the CIB? 

A: There is no statutory requirement for plumbing, electrical and mechanical construction work to be inspected by the CIB. Generally, the CIB performs inspections when requested on plumbing, electrical and mechanical work outside of jurisdictions having authority where there is no inspector and when investigating unlicensed, unregistered activity or compliance with the state adopted codes, especially when it involves life safety.


Q: Are there other construction related licenses required in Oklahoma not found on CIB’s website?

A: There may be other licenses, registrations, or permits that may be required depending upon the type and location of construction related work you are interested in performing. The CIB website only provides requirement information for the skilled trades it has authority to regulate. Also, local jurisdictions may have their own requirements for licensing, registration and permitting; therefore, you should check with the jurisdiction in which you are interested in performing construction related work. Other state agencies may license and regulate other construction related areas such as the Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Department of Labor, and the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board.


Q: When is the CIB going to adopt the next plumbing, electrical, and mechanical building code?

A: The CIB no longer adopts any statewide plumbing, electrical, mechanical building codes. All statewide building codes are adopted by the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission. The current statewide plumbing, electrical, mechanical, residential and commercial building codes are the codes revised and adopted by the OUBCC. Please see OUBCC website for the OUBCC statewide adopted building codes.


Q: What building codes are used by the CIB for license examination, code enforcement and continuing education (“CE”) credit?

A: The CIB trade approved license/registration examinations test over the current statewide OUBCC adopted code. The CIB inspects and performs plan reviews using the current statewide OUBCC adopted code. CE courses for credit to renew a license or registration must be approved by the respective examining committee and be in compliance with current administrative rules of that trade.