Texas does not have a statewide contractor licensing program in place. Only specific trades like electricians, mold abatement, and HVAC companies require a state license through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. General contractors and other subcontractor licenses are issued on a city or county level, so you’ll have to do some Googling for city and county offices and websites. Be sure to check for any specific bond or insurance requirements with each local agency.
If you’re considering bidding on projects in Texas, you will want to visit the Texas State Worker Safety website. Understanding their latest worker safety requirements will be helpful as you prepare your bids for Texas construction projects.
Subcontractors constantly struggle to find and connect with reputable and busy general contractors. PlanHub has reviewed the most recent construction industry data to determine Texas’ most prominent and active general contractors, and here are their website links.
Unlike some other areas, the Texas construction industry doesn’t slow down for seasonal weather changes. Plans for new construction projects go out to bid once the architect has finalized the plans with the project owner. Depending on the project’s size and scope, new drawings can take a few weeks to several months to complete. While we can’t speak for other plan room services, once PlanHub receives a new construction project, the plans, specs, and bidders list are available online within four hours.
The Lone Star State, especially centrally, has been thriving with residential and commercial construction activity. Why might this be the case? According to Adam Saphier, the president of central Texas operations for Trammell Crow, it is because of the overall massive job growth the state is experiencing. The Texas Workforce Commission reported labor statistics in December 2021 showing a record number of jobs and high employment, surpassing even pre-COVID numbers. Additionally, the latest federal population data shows Texas leading the US in growth. The state has gained 310,288 people between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021. Overall, people are drawn to Texas because of the low cost of living and a high quality of life. Construction companies are busy trying to keep up with the business and housing demands people need. This has led to an uptick in job openings for construction workers. These can be entry level or require years of experience, such as a project manager position. With the influx of talent, it is safe to say construction projects will be going strong in Texas for years to come.
Once you’re properly licensed on the local level, you can begin submitting your bid to the general contractors bidding on the project. Access the PlanHub plan room to pick and choose the projects that interest you and start your takeoff process. Certain publicly funded projects may contain specific bidding requirements or forms, typically included with the plans and specs.
The AGC provides training, support, and business resources to help contractors build a better construction environment for the future. As you might expect, there are no less than ten AGC chapters in Texas including Houston, Southeast, Austin, Central Texas, Panhandle, Rio Grande, San Antonio, South, Dallas, and West Texas.
Most state building codes provide a baseline of occupant safety and comfort, so some similarities from one state to the next are typical. However, every state creates its building code to address localized environmental issues such as hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, flooding, and even earthquakes.
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