A licensed contractor is required whenever construction is done that is $30,000 or more value. The value is based either on a signed contract or our permit valuation, which is $112.65 per square foot of heated space of new residential construction. Re-models are based on contract price or number of inspections trips that will be required. For commercial projects, talk to our commercial plan reviewer. These rules are made by the NC Licensing Board, and we have no control over them. You may contact the Licensing Board for further information at 919-571-4183.