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About Construction Projects in Kansas

Browse our Kansas heavy equipment rental locations by city. BigRentz offers a wide variety of heavy equipment for rent, including earth moving machines, aerial equipment, lift trucks, compaction equipment, and job site services.

What You Need To Know

Every state has rules concerning construction. In Kansas, rules and regulations come from county or city officials, not the state. In Kansas, a contractor includes anyone providing labor or materials for construction. Every contractor needs to pass an exam and pay a fee, but that varies by location, so speak to the city or county clerk where your site is located.

Licensing and Registration Are Local Matters

A contractor must pass a license test that includes subjects such as construction, repair, alteration, remodeling, and demolition of any building or structure. Subcontractor exams are specific to an area of expertise. There is also a math test and a business law exam that general contractors must pass. Expect the general contractor exam to be 100 questions and open-book, with a four-hour time limit.

Every contractor must complete a state application for a business license and show a Certificate of Good Standing before being allowed to work in Kansas. Fees for tests and registrations also vary by jurisdiction. Environmental regulations are another consideration, so check local building codes about any restrictions for your area. Kansas does not accept reciprocity agreements for construction contractors.

Soil Makes a Difference

It’s standard practice to get a geotechnical engineering investigation for commercial construction in Kansas. Home builders at least need to be familiar with the type of soil they are building on, and a soil survey is a good idea. Much of the soil in Kansas contains clay. This type of soil can cause major foundation problems. Clay soil absorbs water and causes the soil to swell and expand. This makes the foundation of a building shift and crack. Water may seep through these cracks after heavy rains and flood the lower level.

Flooded basements are not unusual in Kansas, so make sure the foundation is driven down far enough to resist movement. The heavy steel tubes of a push pier foundation may be needed to find stable soil and keep shifting and cracking to a minimum. Even so, foundation cracks are a widespread problem in Kansas.

Use Professional Equipment

Fundamental to any job is the right equipment. Renting — rather than purchasing — large machinery can be an effective way to control expenses. Talk to a dealer such as BigRentz about renting items like forklifts, manlifts, scissor lifts, and boom lifts. Also, the rental dealership will have all the attachments you need for this type of machinery. These specialized dealers offer training and other information regarding safety hazards and OSHA requirements. Plus, when renting, you always know the equipment is clean and in working order so you can achieve the best results.

You must take the size and weight of the equipment into consideration. A piece of machinery that is too heavy or too large may cause ground damage or harm other existing structures on or near the site. Discuss the specifications with the rental dealership to make sure you have chosen the right equipment.

Remember, construction is not a job for amateurs. Construction workers must follow rules that cover liabilities, local codes, environmental restrictions, and taxes. As a professional, you understand the regulations and have the knowledge and experience to complete the job in the proper way.

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