How to register as a contractor

1. Home Office Certificate for Home based business or Certificate of Occupancy for business location

Home office certificate of occupancy: $10
Certificate of occupancy for an existing commercial building: $25

Both of these can be applied for and paid for at:

Or on location at the address below:

Building Inspection
101 E. Vine St., 2nd floor
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 258-3770

*This step is not required if the office is not located in Fayette County.

2. Occupational business license

You can apply for an occupational business license by visiting Revenue:

200 E. Main St., 2nd floor
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 258-3340

3. Liability and workers compensation insurance

Fax insurance to the Division of Building Inspection at (859) 258-3780.
Insurance can also be emailed to

The certificate holder should be listed as:       

Division of Building Inspection
200 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

*If the company does not have employees or carry workers compensation, an affidavit will accompany the contractor's registration application.

4. Contractors registration application

The application can be obtained from the Division of Building Inspection or downloaded.

*If you have any questions, please Jennie Connor at (859) 258-3227

If you are paying by mail or in office, only cash or check is accepted. However, if you would like to apply for your Contractor’s registration online at, payments can be made by credit card.