BigRentz Equipment Rental Service Areas in Hawaii
About Construction in Hawaii
Frequently Asked Questions
Ready to become a contractor in Hawaii? Find out how to get your license so you can start bidding on jobs. Learn the ins and outs of building permits so you can improve your planning. Become familiar with the Hawaii landscape and soil before you rent equipment. You and your team deserve a good start to your Hawaii jobs.
Hawaii has licenses for three kinds of contractors. The first is General Engineering Contractors, who work on projects such as highways and bridges. The second is General Building Contractors, who work on houses and other structures. The third is Specialty Contractors. When you work as a specialty contractor in Hawaii, you need a license for these kinds of work: Plumbing, Electrical, Manufactured housing, Landscape architecture, Pesticide, Asbestos Removal. You need to send your application for a license to the Contractors License Board. Your application has to include: Three notarized certificates that show you have experience as a supervisor, A financial statement with a signature from an accountant, Your credit report, Your Hawaii State Tax Clearance, Your trade name registered with the Business Registration Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Once your application is approved, and you pass the exam, you’ll receive your contractor’s license. The process can take up to two months, so give yourself enough time before bidding on jobs. You do not need to do any continuing education in Hawaii after you have your license.
In Hawaii, you also need building permits before you can start your construction jobs. The kinds of sites you need a permit for include: Building new structures, Altering, repairing, or converting buildings, Expanding buildings, Moving buildings, Demolishing buildings, Installing or replacing solar panels or solar water heaters, Installing water tanks, Adding retaining walls higher than 4 feet, Performing electric and plumbing work in “as-built” buildings, Making a change to the number of people who can live in a building, Submit your applications to the County of Hawaii Public Works Building Division, and the Planning Department will review them.
Hawaii’s soil is volcanic, with ash mixing with other dust to form rich soil. Hawaii’s soil varies from island to island, so always have someone test the soil before you start work. When the soil is fine with dust, it erodes easier. Always rent equipment with stabilizers and four-wheel drive for your outdoor work. You’ll need to use different equipment when building in cities. In the city, choose boom lifts that don’t have a lot of tail swing. Narrow manlifts will fit through tight urban spaces. Check the total footprint of the equipment before you rent it, so you know if it will work in a city street’s small spaces. Let us take care of maintenance and equipment storage. We has a variety of sizes and fuel types for all your aerial lift needs. Whether you want scissor lifts, boom lifts, manlifts, or forklifts, we have what you need for your Hawaii construction site. Rent for the right amount of time, and never worry about the equipment again.