Trade Contractors Information



Exams & Continuing Education

Master and Journeyman applicants must show proof of receiving a passing score of 75% + from one of the following testing agencies – Block, NIA-Block, Experior, Thomson-Prometric or Prometric.
You must provide the City of Topeka with a notarized time in trade and proof of passing the exam with a 75% + score. The time in trade form is included in the Trade Contractor application packet. The ICC exam must be comparable to the standard exams given by Prometric for the City of Topeka.
Exam information must include the Test Date, Sponsor, Location, and Score.

Allowable Exam Types

Standard Master Electrical, Standard Journeyman Electrical, Standard Unlimited Air Conditioning Master, Standard Air Conditioning Journeyman, Standard Sheet Metal Journeyman, Standard Master Plumbing with Gas, Standard Journeyman Plumbing with Gas.
Apprentices: are required to be licensed to work in the City of Topeka. Apprentices are not to be left at the worksite alone. They must work under the direct supervision of a Master or Journeyman while on the worksite at all times.
Work Ratio: Electrical 1-1, Mechanical 1-2, Plumbing 1-1.
Work Ratio is strongly enforced:  all trade persons are required to have the appropriate identification and a current City of Topeka license for their trade when carded by a City of Topeka Inspector or they will be asked to leave the worksite and not allowed to return until they have the appropriate documentation.

To Schedule an Exam

Applications to take the Standard Master or Standard Journeyman exam can be obtained by contacting the Development Services Office at 620 SE Madison, Topeka, Kansas, 66607-1118 or contact Customer Service 785-368-3905.
Submit the completed packet of information to take the Prometric Exam with a $50.00 non-refundable payment for trade board review. The sponsor signed application will be returned to you to forward your paperwork to Prometric and schedule your test date. Prometric will send you a letter of time and location of your exam. The first time issuance of your license by the City of Topeka will be at no charge to you. Renewal fees will apply the deadline of December 14th each year.
Effective 11-09-2009 City Ordinance #119330 requires a re-test charge of $20.00 to be paid to Development Services. Once the fee has been paid you will receive a new signed and dated Prometric Exam Registration Form in order to retake the test with Prometric.  You will be required to pay another test fee directly to Prometric.
To take the ICC Exam register directly with Pearson View by phone at 1-877-234-6082 or to register on-line please log on to their website at or There are multiple locations available to take the test. City of Topeka requires all examinations to have a passing score of 75% +.

Important Information

All City of Topeka licenses must be renewed each year by December 14th to avoid late fees.  Attention Trade Contractor’s your designated master or journeyman are required to obtain (6) hours of continuing education a year to qualify for renewal with the City of Topeka (3) hours of continuing education must be earned in their trade.

Certificates of Insurance

Is a requirement for your license to remain current with the City of Topeka. Our office must receive an updated copy to assure your license does not become inactive.  After an industry standard (30) day grace period has passed a $30.00 reinstatement fee will be required in order to reinstate your license if a current certificate of insurance or workers compensation has not been provided to Development Services. We accept certificates of insurance by fax send to 785-368-3915, email to, you may mail us a current copy or you may hand deliver your new certificate to our office.

Change of Address Notification

It is the license holder’s responsibility to notify Development Services of any changes a $10.00 return mail fee will be charged to the licensee or contractor if any notices or license renewals have been returned. The US Postal Service does not forward the City of Topeka’s mail. You may contact our office at 785-368-3905 Opt #3 to make any changes between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday except Holidays.

Continuing Educational Hours – Training Calendar

To view a list of upcoming CEU Classes please visit our Contractor Training Opportunities page. Select a class that will fill your licensing needs in order to renew your license with the City of Topeka.

Licensing Process

Along with all completed forms include your Passing Certification with your application.

Please note: your license application can take up to 10 days for processing.  If information is left blank, information is missing or forms are not with your application your application will be delayed.  Please refer to the friendly checklist on the back page to assure your license application is not delayed.

Please include your Certificate of Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation with your application. List the following in the Certificate Holder Section:  City of Topeka, Development Services, 620 SE Madison Unit 6, Topeka, KS. 66607-1118

If you are not required to have State of Kansas Workers Compensation coverage please access our website at and download an affidavit that best describes your company. Click on Government, Click on Development Services, Click on Contractor License Information, you will see the affidavits. This document must be witnessed by a notary public. Please include this affidavit with your application. You may Fax your application and all documents to 785-368-0944 or email For any questions, please call us at 785-368-3905.


We accept the following credit cards for payment (VISA, MC, Discover or American Express). There is a place on the application for you to complete this portion for payment.

If you are paying by check, money order or cashier checks make payable to: City of Topeka.

If we have received all the forms in your application we will process your license(s) and they will be mailed to the address on your application along with a receipt of payment.

Once your license(s) are completed you may pull the appropriate permits and begin work within the City of Topeka.

Important Payment Information

Please note the City of Topeka does not prorate license fees.  The full amount of the license fee will apply. City of Topeka’s contractor licensing period is from the date your license is processed until the 14th of December of that year. There will be no prorated fees and no refunds will be issued for any licenses.

To Schedule Inspections

To schedule inspections please contact us at 785-368-3905, between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  For all other questions you may contact Customer Service at 785-368-3905 between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm except Holidays.

**All trade Contractors are required to be licensed and pull permits to work in City of Topeka**

Please note: if your license application is not complete and documents are missing, your license process will be delayed and you will not be able to begin working in the City of Topeka. Please make sure all your documents are completed and sent in together for procession.

Friendly Check List

  • Trade Contractor License Application
  • Exam Certification with a passing score of 75% or above
  • Master Verification Form
  • Renovate Right Form
  • General Liability Certificate of Insurance
  •  Workers Compensation Certificate of Insurance
  • Affidavit of Workers Compensation if applicable
  • Certificate of Insurance Acknowledgement form