Becoming a Mechanical Contractor
The City of Sioux Falls requires a "Mechanical Contractors License" of all contractors doing mechanical or HVAC work within the city limits. Homeowners who live in and own single family dwellings are not required to obtain a license, but must acquire mechanical homeowner permits and would be responsible for mechanical code compliance and to obtain required inspections.
In order to acquire this license, the contractor must first take and pass the "Master Mechanic" examination. The applicant must show evidence of four years experience when submitting the examination application. This examination is a timed test, with closed and open book portions of the test based on the International Mechanical Code, the International Fuel Gas Code, the SMACNA HVAC standards, and the ACCA manuals (see the instructions with the application for study suggestions). There is a $75.00 examination fee due upon application. This exam is offered once per month. Please review the examination application (2B25014 link on right) for more information as well as the exam schedule.
Once the applicant has taken and passed the exam, he or she can then apply for the Mechanical Contractor’s License. You will receive the City Mechanical Ordinance folder upon application for license (This folder is also available for purchase for $6.00). Upon application of the Mechanical Contractor’s License, the applicant must submit a $10,000 Compliance Bond and the appropriate license fees within 90 days of examination. Please review the Mechanical Contractor’s license application (2B25006 link on the right) for more information.
Also available to individuals who have taken and passed exam is the "Inactive Master Mechanic License" (2B25005 link on the right). This license does not allow you to do work as a contractor but does allow you to hold a current license with the city, allowing you to reinstate your Mechanic Contractor's license without being required to retest.
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Separate licenses are required for each field (building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical). There are examinations required for each field. Electrical and plumbing also require state licenses before applying for examination with the city.
Under no circumstances is a Mechanical Contractor allowed to any electrical, plumbing or residential building work unless they also hold the appropriate, additionally required, licenses.
If you are receiving compensation for doing mechanical work, even if part-time, you are required to hold a Master Mechanic and Mechanical Contractor’s license. All work must be inspected, and the inspections must be called in under a Mechanical Contractor’s license.
2B25014 - Master Mechanic Examination Application and Instructions
2B25006 - Mechanical Contractor License Application
2B25005 - Inactive Master Mechanic License Application
License Information Change Form