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To work in Nevada as a contractor, you need to get your license through the Nevada State Contractors Board. Still, according to “Nevada Business Magazine,” as of January 2017, the construction industry was the state’s fastest-growing sector. That means this is a great time to be a contractor in Nevada. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider contracting in the Silver State.
In order to do any sort of construction in Nevada, whether altering or constructing a building, working on a highway or road or demolishing any structure, you must have a license through the Nevada State Contractors Board.
For you to qualify as a licensed contractor in Nevada, you need to have the experience and skills needed to complete the job. This includes working for four years as a journeyman, foreman, supervisor, or contractor within the last 10 years within the area that you’re applying to. All subcontractors and specialty contractors must do this before bidding on a job.
If you bid on a job without having the proper license, it is considered a crime in Nevada. This means that you are charged with a misdemeanor and will have to pay a fine of up to $1,000, along with jail time of up to six months. The fines increase with the second offense and the third offense is a felony with up to four years in jail.
There are three main types of soil in Nevada: silt, clay, and sand. Because of this, the chance of erosion is higher here than other states. As you get an area ready for construction, you need to assess what type of soil is found in the construction zone, along with the slope angle. Silt has the highest chances of causing erosion, and if you combine silt with a very steep (2H:1V or more) or steep (2H:1V–4H:1V) slope then your chances of erosion are very high.
Clay soils are the second most likely to erode with sand being the least likely. Knowing what soil is found in the project area will help you prepare for what erosion and sediment control protection you’ll need. It will also help you figure out what type of equipment to bring onto the job site. For example, if you need aerial equipment, such as boom lifts, scissor lifts, manlifts, or forklifts, you may need a specific type to deal with the particular kind of soil.
Nevada was one of the hardest hit states of the Union in recent years and because of that, many construction workers left the state to find work elsewhere. Now that the economy has revitalized and companies such as Tesla have come to Nevada, encouraged by tax write-offs that the state offers, the area needs more construction workers. Construction companies as whole need workers at all levels, from the unskilled laborer to skilled project managers and superintendents.
If you’re interested in construction work in Nevada, you’re in luck. Workers are needed now more than ever before.