Contractor Registration

Contractor Requirement Changes

As of March 13, 2017, the City of DeKalb no longer issues licenses nor administers tests for electrical or HVAC contractors. Instead, Contractor Registration is required each year by December 31st.

Annual Contractor Registration

To perform work in the City of DeKalb, individuals in the following trades must submit a Contractor Registration Application, a Certificate of Insurance, and a $50 annual registration fee:

  • General Contractors (includes fence, sign, demo, etc.)
  • Electrical Contractors
  • HVAC Contractors
No registration will be effective and no permits will be approved until all requirements are on file with the City of DeKalb.

State Licensed Contractor Requirements

To perform work in the City of DeKalb, the individuals in the following trades must complete a State Licensed Contractor Registration Application and provide a copy of his/her State of Illinois license(s):

  • Plumbing Contractors (State of Illinois Plumbing License and State of Illinois Contractor License)
  • Roofing Contractors
  • Fire Alarm Contractors
  • Fire Sprinkler Contractors
No registration will be effective and no permits will be approved until all requirements are on file with the City of DeKalb.

Street Construction & Maintenance Requirements


Any contractor doing work in the public right-of-way must complete a Street Construction & Maintenance Registration Application, a $10,000 surety bond on a City of DeKalb bond form, and a $25 annual registration fee.

Annual Registration Fees

Type of Fee
Fee
General Contractors, Electrical Contractors, Mechanical Contractors
$50
Street Construction and Maintenance
$25