New residential licensing laws are in effect

Residential contractors and roofers are now required to be licensed, according to a new state law.

The new law, which went into effect this morning, now requires all construction managers, residential solar contractors, and subcontractors performing HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work on any residential construction or improvement project to have a state-issued license.  

“One of the big issues we may face is with subcontractors,” said Community Development Director Jerry Creel. “Subcontractors working on a new house, regardless of the money amount, will now have to have a state license where in the past they did not.”

Under House Bill 1163, a state license is required for new residential construction over $50,000, remodeling over $10,000, and roofing projects over $10,000.

For more information on the city’s permitting process, contact the Community Development Department at 228-435-6270 or email
See about House Bill 1163

News & notes: Council, B-Alert, Veterans

City council: Biloxi City Council will hold its first meeting of the month on Tuesday at 6 p.m. To see the agenda and supporting documents, click here.

B-Alert: Stay in the know about road closures, road re-openings, and other traffic advisories by signing up for B-Alert.  It’s a real-time, on-the-go messaging system that brings advisories directly to your cell phone.  Just text BILOXI to 99411.

Veterans: The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi reminds residents that some Veterans can experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) triggers from commonly-used fireworks displays during the Fourth of July celebration. Learn more by clicking here.