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Licensing Requirements
Every person doing business in Memphis and Shelby County as a registered and/or licensed plumbing contractor shall file a bond in the penal sum of $25,000 that has been issued by an incorporated insurance company authorized to do business in Shelby County (one that has an office or agent located in Shelby County). Bonds shall be filed with the building official.

Specific Regulations
No person or firm shall engage in or work at the business of plumbing unless such person or firm first receives a license in accordance with the provisions of the Technical Codes, which set forth the following regulations:
  • The license so issued shall specify the name of the person to whom it is issued, and if issued to a firm or corporation, the license or certificate shall also specify the name of the person through whom the application for license was made.
  • No master plumber’s name shall be permitted to appear on more than one license or certificate at any time.
  • The license so issued shall not be assignable or transferable, either directly or indirectly, to any other person.
  • No registered journeyman plumber shall perform any plumbing or drainage work except for under the supervision of a licensed and bonded master plumber. No registered journeyman plumber shall solicit or contract work.
  • No registered plumbing apprentice shall perform any plumbing or drainage work except as an assistant under the supervision of a person holding certificates of competency and registration as a master plumber or as a journeyman plumber.
  • Before making an application to the Joint Plumbing Licensing Board to take the examination for licensing as a master plumber, each applicant must provide proof that they are a graduate engineer from an accredited college or university with at least four years experience in the design and installation of plumbing systems, or that they are a licensed journeyman plumber who has had a minimum of four years experience in the installation of plumbing systems as a journeyman plumber.
  • Before making an application to the Joint Plumbing Licensing Board to take the examination for licensing as a journeyman plumber, each applicant must provide proof that they have had a minimum of three years experience installing or helping install plumbing installations.

Classification & Fees 
There is a fee to register a State of Tennessee Contractor's License in order to perform plumbing work in the City of Memphis and Shelby County. This fee is $150 per year. Also, plumbing licenses expire September 30 each year and must be renewed in September. A $10 late fee shall be applied for up to two years after date of expiration. After two years, a new application, exam, and appropriate fees will be required for issuance of new license.

Classification  Registration / Exam  Renewal 
Master plumber

$115

$150

Journeyman plumber

$40

$30

Apprentice plumber 

$12

$12

Septic tank cleaner / installer 

$100

$100

 

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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