Work That Does and Does Not Require an Oregon Contractor License

(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd® – Portland, OR) Anyone doing work in Oregon for compensation in any construction-related activity that involves improvements to real estate is to be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractor Board.

There are some exemptions from licensure, provided there isn’t any advertising to obtain the work, including over the internet, business cards, and signs.

These are two exceptions:

  • If the price of the work performed is under $500
  • If the work is casual, minor, or inconsequential in nature

Some examples of work that DOES require a license:

  • Floor covering
  • Siding
  • Painting
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Tree Service
  • Concrete
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • On-Site appliance repair
  • Home inspections
  • Land Development
  • Manufactured dwelling installations

Some examples of work that does not require a license:

  • Gutter cleaning
  • Pressure washing
  • Debris removal or cleanup (yard or construction site)

For more information about becoming an Oregon licensed contractor, visit our post, How to Get Your Oregon Contractor License.


 OnlineEd® is Oregon construction Contractors Board approved contractor pre-license course provider and an Oregon licensed vocational school offering real estate, mortgage, contractor and insurance courses. For more information about OnlineEd®, please visit or contact 503.670.9278










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About Jeff Sorg

Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center's CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee. OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.