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Contractors who build in Mississippi will find that several parts of the state have strong growth. Construction jobs were down in 2016, but it wasn’t due to a lack of work. Contractors simply couldn’t find enough qualified workers to meet the demand. If you plan to build in Mississippi, you’ll need to understand their laws. Here are three facts about building in Mississippi.
You must have a contractor’s certificate or license to build in Mississippi. Keep in mind that the cities where you build may have their rules. You must follow all applicable city and state rules in Mississippi.
To obtain a commercial construction certificate, you will have to apply to the Mississippi Contractor Licensing Board. You can get certified for building construction, heavy construction, electrical and mechanical work, or specialty jobs.
You must pass a business and law exam, plus a trade exam for any types of work you want to be certified in. Each exam will cost you $75. The certificate itself is $200 for the first category and $50 for each additional one. The certification is good for one year.
Out-of-state companies will need to contact the Contractor’s Board to decide if they can build in Mississippi. The Contractor’s Board might refer such companies to the Secretary of State.
You will also need to get a license to use machines such as boom lifts, manlifts, scissor lifts, and forklifts. You should rent this equipment in the state of Mississippi since it can be costly to transport it across state lines. The people you hire to use these machines will need the right licenses, too.
Some parts of Mississippi come with particular building challenges. The Delta area is especially tricky. The soil here is on a floodplain. Building a firm foundation requires more effort and resources. The Gulf Coast part of the state has other difficulties. It’s right on the water. It often faces hurricane conditions. For this reason, the soil isn’t firm. Still, it’s a tourist area, which means you’ll want to build here if you can.
The Blackland Prairie and Coastal Plain parts of the state have better land for building. The hot weather creates limestone and chalk features to the soil. That makes it better for foundations.
You should invest in projects in growing areas in the state of Mississippi to have the best chance of success. Most people don’t think of Mississippi as a beachfront state, but some coastal spots such as Ocean Springs, Ridgeland, and Biloxi are growing because people like to vacation in these spots.
As for the rest of the state, Oxford has seen steady growth. The University of Mississippi is home to more and more students each year, so there is plenty of demand for new construction of all types.
Flowood sits just outside of Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. Flowood has experienced a lot of new business developments over the past few years, and it continues to be in a growth mode.
Building in Mississippi comes with a few challenges. You have to allow for foreign soil and plan around a lack of available construction workers. As long as you do these things, you’ll have a great build.