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If you are contemplating hiring an individual or firm to perform building construction, plumbing, electrical, heating and air-conditioning or irrigation work on your residential or commercial business property within the City limits, you should be aware that all of these contractor categories require some type of government-issued regulatory license to legally perform that work. For example:

Building contractors and remodelers are not required to be licensed in the State of Texas; however, the City of Lubbock requires that any such contractor be registered with the City’s Building Inspection Department upon supplying proof of fiduciary responsibility by way of a commercial general liability insurance policy of $100,000, or by filing a compliance bond in the penal sum of $20,000.

Plumbers are regulated by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. The Texas plumbing license law requires that any person performing plumbing work (with a few exceptions for homeowners and maintenance personnel) within the City of Lubbock be appropriately licensed. A licensed master plumber must be in responsible charge of the work, and must supervise the journeyman or other non-master plumbers working underneath him. Be sure to ask to see the license of the plumber performing work for you. Complaints and inquiries can be directed to the agency or to the City of Lubbock Building Inspection Department at (806) 775-3191. The Agency’s website (http://www.tsbpe.state.tx.us/) contains a licensee search feature, so you can easily check the license status of your plumber.

Electricians are regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Electrical Licensing Division). State law requires that any person performing electrical work (with a few exceptions) within the State of Texas be appropriately licensed. A licensed master electrician must be in responsible charge of the work, and must supervise the journeyman or other non-master electricians working underneath him. Be sure to ask to see the license of the electrician performing work for you. Complaints and inquiries can be directed to the agency or to the City of Lubbock Building Inspection Department at (806) 775-3191. The Agency’s website (http://www.license.state.tx.us/) contains a licensee search feature, so you can easily check the license status of your electrician.

Heating and Air Conditioning (“Mechanical” or “HVAC”) Contractors are regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Heating and Air Conditioning Licensing Division). State law requires that any person performing work on heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems within the State of Texas be appropriately licensed. Some exemptions apply. A license category of “B” allows the contractor to work only on systems smaller than 25 tons total cooling capacity and 1.5 million BTU total heating capacity, while a license category of “A” allows work on any system. Be sure to ask to see the license of the mechanical contractor performing work for you. Complaints and inquiries can be directed to the agency or to the City of Lubbock Building Inspection Department at (806) 775-3191. The Agency’s website (http://www.license.state.tx.us/) contains a licensee search feature, so you can easily check the license status of your mechanical contractor.

Irrigation contractors are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. State law requires that any person installing or performing work on irrigation systems (with a few exceptions) within the State of Texas be appropriately licensed. Texas licensed plumbers are also authorized to perform work on irrigation systems (see “Plumbers” above). Be sure to ask to see the license of the irrigation or plumbing contractor performing this work for you. Complaints and inquiries can be directed to the agency or to the City of Lubbock Building Inspection Department at (806) 775-3191. The Agency’s website (http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/nav/compliance/land_irrigate.html) contains a licensee search feature, so you can easily check the license status of your contractor.


It is always wise to request and check references prior to contracting and/or paying a contractor to perform any work for you. You can also check with the local office of the Better Business Bureau (http://www.lubbock.bbb.org/) or call (806) 763-0459 to determine whether any complaints have been filed.

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1625 13th Street, Suite 106
Lubbock, TX 79401

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Lubbock, TX 79457


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