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When could a North Carolina contractor lose their license?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Professional License Defense

General contractors in North Carolina perform many different types of work. They might install drywall during the erection of a new edifice or help repair a damaged foundation. Most general contractors work on a project basis and rely on a good reputation with the community to secure ongoing work.

Licensing from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors is necessary for general contractors to lawfully work and run their own small businesses. Typically, anyone taking on projects with an estimated value of $40,000 or more may require licensing to operate. Occasionally, those who have worked to secure a license as a general contractor could be at risk of losing that license. The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors can strip someone of their license during disciplinary proceedings.

What scenarios might lead to the loss of a contractor’s license?


General contractors have to meet certain standards to be eligible for a license. Some aspiring professionals might misrepresent themselves when applying. If the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors uncovers proof of application fraud, that could endanger someone’s license as a general contractor.

Validated client complaints

The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors has a complaint process that allows the public to report issues with licensed general contractors. The Board can then investigate and take disciplinary actions as necessary.

If a client alleges unprofessional work or fraudulent conduct on the part of a licensed contractor, those allegations might endanger the contractor’s license. Claims that a contractor did substandard work, failed to complete a project or otherwise mistreated a client could put their licensing at risk. Any evidence of incompetence could also endanger a general contractor’s license.

Criminal convictions

Certain types of criminal convictions might make someone ineligible for a license as a general contractor. Violent offenses and crimes that are a violation of the public trust could lead to the Board refusing to license someone or refusing to renew an existing license.

The good news for a licensed contractor who is worried about disciplinary actions is that they have the right to legal representation during hearings in front of the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors. Seeking legal guidance can increase the chances of a favorable outcome in a scenario that puts someone’s professional license at risk.