For projects over $200,000, contractors must submit
a completed prequalification statement at least 14 days prior to the date of the
letting of the bid. Contractors may submit an audited financial statement or a surety
certification. Bid limits are based on the financial statement or surety certification.
Prequalification is good for 18 months from the date of the financial statement, or date listed on surety certification. Application processing time averages 2 weeks.
Applicants must pass a trade examination with a minimum score of
70%. 2 years journeyman experience and a $10,000 bond are also required. All
licenses expire on June 30th of even numbered years. The biennial renewal fee is $100. Application processing takes 30 to 45 days.
License Type / License Fee / Application Fee / Biennial Renewal
Contractor / $100 / $40 / $100
Journeyman / $40 / $40 / $40
Apprentice / $20 / N/A / $20
Class B / $40 / $40 / $40
Inspector / $40 / $40 / $40
Plumbers: Contractor applicants must pass a trade examination with a minimum score
of 80% and provide documentation of 6 years experience. Journeyman applicants
must have a minimum score of 70% and provide documentation of 4 years experience.
The average processing time on applications is 30 days.
License Type / Application Fee / Exam Fee / Annual Renewal
Contractor / $275 / $100 / $275
Journeyman / $105 / $100 / $105
Annual renewal fee at the end of each year, December 31.
Any person wishing to do asbestos related work in South
Dakota needs to be certified by the state. Individuals can be certified as inspectors,
management planners, abatement project designers, contractor/supervisors and
workers. One person can be certified in more than one discipline.
Duration / Certification Fee
1 Year Initial / $100
1 Year Renewal / $50
Initial certification is valid for 1 year from the date of the training examination. The
renewal fee requires the individual to take a refresher course within 90 days prior to or 90 days after the certificate's expiration date and apply for recertification within this 180 day time frame.
Asbestos training completed in another state satisfies South Dakota's training
requirements if the course is fully approved by EPA under AHERA.
Other: All persons intending to engage in realty improvements in South Dakota are
required to have a contractor's excise tax license.
For public work contracts under $25,000, bond requirements may be waived. When
the contract price is over $25,000, performance/payment bonds are required in an
amount of 100% of the contract price.
Special permits may be required by the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources for gravel pits, asphalt plants, concrete plants, rock crushers, large
construction sites (over 5 acres), pumping water and storage tanks.
South Dakota has reciprocal agreements for Electrical Contractors and Journeyman
with Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming and for Journeyman
only with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Plumbing reciprocity exists with Iowa, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.
South Dakota has reciprocal agreements for Plumbing Contractors and Journeymen
with Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, and North Dakota, as well as anyone who has taken
an exam with the International Plumbing Code, IPC, or the Star Mastery Exam - NITC.