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June 19, 2015

Construction codes licensing fees reduced July 1, 2015

Governor Dayton recently signed legislation that reduces most of the state's construction codes licensing fees by approximately $20 on July 1, 2015.

This change lowers license costs for construction contractors, electricians, plumbers and high pressure pipefitters and aligns licensing revenues more closely to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's (DLI's) Construction Codes and Licensing Division's (CCLD's) program costs for the biennium.

This reduction in fees is possible because DLI has created efficiencies in its licensing process. In 2012, DLI launched its online DLI ReNew licensing system to allow individuals and businesses to apply for or renew a license, certificate or registration. Since then, DLI has used this technology to create process improvements that have reduced the time required to process license applications and renewals.

License levels and fees

There are currently four levels of license fees: entry, journeyworker, master and business.

Fees will be reduced at all levels for licenses that become effective on or after July 1, 2015. The reduced fee amounts are listed for each license type at www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/PDF/LicenseFees.pdf.

An example of the new fee structure is shown below.

License level
Old fee
New fee
Entry (one year)
34 percent
Journey (two years)
36 percent
Master (two years)
26 percent
Business (two years)
19 percent

About the Construction Codes and Licensing Division

CCLD administers more than 130,000 construction trades and business licenses. Most licenses are issued for two-year terms. CCLD provides reasonable, uniform and balanced standards for Minnesota's construction professionals and the structures they build. Its focus is on improving efficiencies in the delivery of licensing, permitting and other services for construction industry stakeholders.


News media contact:
James Honerman
(651) 284-5313

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