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Nebraska is a popular state for construction. It has a population of 1.9 million. The economy is also doing well in this industry; the Bureau of Business Research expects a record number of job opportunities in 2018 and 2019. If you’re planning on building here, you need to know more about the rules. Here are three things to know when building in Nebraska.
The type of construction that you do in Nebraska decides which paperwork you need. Licenses and permits can vary by city within the state.
The general law in Nebraska is that you’ll need a license to build. The exact rule is that anyone who does business in counties of 100,000 people or more must have a construction license. People from out-of-state can build in Nebraska, but you must register with the Nebraska Secretary of State and the Nebraska Department of Revenue first. The application fee is $25.
You also need to get a bond to do any large builds. For contract work of $2,500 to $10,000, you need a bond for $1,000. For any build of more than $10,000, you’ll need a bond worth 10 percent of the amount up to $100,000. For an amount over $100,000, you’ll need another 5 percent.
You’ll also have to get a license to use heavy machinery. Most builds will require boom lifts, manlifts, scissor lifts, and forklifts. This equipment is cheaper to rent and use than transport across state lines. The people using these devices will need certifications. You may find it’s more affordable to hire a local worker who already has the proper Nebraska licenses.
Nebraska has six main soil types. Some of them are better for builds than others. The Loess Hills region has floodplains that erode easily. The Glacial Drift region has exposure and erosion issues. The Central Plains part of the state has lots of hills that drain water unevenly. These three regions are more challenging for building.
The Sandhills area honors its name with sandy slopes and lots of grass. The only problem here is the wind. The High Plains and the Tablelands have silt loam and clay soil, which is great for building.
Federal studies show that Nebraska will grow over the next few years. Residents have good incomes, steady jobs, and low-interest rates for builds. Builders in the housing industry will find plenty of clients. The same is true for commercial developers.
The best places to build in Nebraska are the largest cities. Lincoln is the state capital and home to the University of Nebraska. With a population of 273,000, it’s also the second-most populated city. The only one that has more people is Omaha, with 441,000. More than 1.2 million people live in these cities and the surrounding areas. You’ll most likely build in one of these places.
Building in Nebraska is a good idea. The city has a lot of solid indicators for future growth. Just make sure to pick the right construction site with the best soil for your project.