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.