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How to get Different Contractor Licenses in India

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In India, various types of licenses are issued to contractors. The state and central level government authorities and bodies issue these. Obtaining the necessary construction licenses and permits can take time and effort, but it is also necessary because these licenses are mandatory while working on projects associated with the government.

This blog will guide you through the different types of contractor licenses issued in India and how you can apply for them. Whether you are a contractor, builder, or construction company, this blog will provide valuable information to help you understand the process of acquiring construction licenses in India.

PWD Contractor License

The Public Works Department is a government authority responsible for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining public works such as roads, bridges, government offices, and other structures. The PWD is under the control of the state government, and every state has its own PWD Department.

Types of Licenses issued by the PWD Department

Picture showing types of licenses issued by PWD Department in a tabular form

Apart from the classes mentioned above, some states also issue a “special class” license whose tendering limit is unlimited. All these licenses have certain tendering limits & eligibility criteria, which vary from state to state. You can check the eligibility criteria and other essential details about the license on the website of your state’s PWD Department or visit the nearest branch office.

How to apply for a PWD License?

  1. Online Method: With the online method, you need to visit and register at the official website of your state’s PWD department. After registration, you can apply for the license by uploading the documents online. 
  2. Offline Method: In the offline method, you have to prepare all the documents and visit the head office of your state’s PWD department.

Electrical Contractor License

In India, if you want to work on works that require installing or maintaining electrical structures or setups, you are required to obtain an electrical license. The state’s CEIG department issues the electrical license. Every state has its CEIG department.

Types of Licenses issued by the CEIG Department

Electrical licenses are issued in various categories, understand with the images given below:

Picture showing types of electrical licenses in tabular form

The eligibility criteria and other necessary rules vary from state to state. You should always check and then proceed to apply.

How to apply for an Electrical License?

  1. Online Method: With the online method, you need to visit and register at the official website of your state’s CEIG department. After registration, you can apply for the license by uploading the documents online. 
  2. Offline Method: In the offline method, you have to prepare all the documents and visit the head office of your state’s CEIG department.

Labour License

In India, if you have 20 or more laborers working under you, you’re required to obtain a labor license which the state’s labor department issues. In some states, it is issued through the e-service portals of the state.

Types of Labor license

There are mainly two labor licenses, one for the Labour Contractor and the other for the Principal Employer.

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Principal Employer V/S Labour Contractor

Principal Employer is a company or organization that sources labor for its work directly or through a labor contractor. In contrast, A Labor Contractor is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and providing contract labor to Principal Employers.

Labour License for “Labour Contractor”

You must obtain a labor license if you have 20 or more laborers working under you. The number of laborers, eligibility criteria for the license, and other essential rules vary from state to state, so you should always check before applying. The labor license of a labor contractor is valid for one year, and after that, you have to apply for its renewal.

Labour License for “Principal Employer”

State’s labor department also issues by labor license for the principal Employer. The validity of a labor license for a principal Employer is till the completion of the project.

How to apply for a Labour License?

  1. Online Method: With the online method, you need to visit and register at the official website of your state’s labor department or your state’s e-service portal. After registration, you can apply for the license by uploading the documents online. 
  2. Offline Method: In the offline method, you have to prepare all the documents and visit the head office of your state’s CEIG department.

CPWD Contractor License

The CPWD is a department under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in India. CPWD has a nationwide presence and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and management of public works, including state and central infrastructure such as roads, bridges, dams, highways, etc.

Types of License issued by CPWD

CPWD mainly issues licenses in two categories. The first is the “buildings & roads” category, and the other is the “horticulture” category.

Types of Licenses issued in the “Buildings & Roads” category

CPWD issues nine types of licenses in the “Buildings & Roads” category. The image below shows the class of license & their tendering limits.

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Types of Licenses issued in the “Horticulture” category

In the horticulture category, CPWD issues four types of licenses. The image below shows the class of license & their tendering limits.

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How to apply for a CPWD License?

  1. Online Method: With the online method, you need to visit and register at the official website of the CPWD. After registration, you can apply for the license by uploading the documents online. 
  2. Offline Method: In the offline method, you have to prepare all the documents and visit the head office of the CPWD department.

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