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The licensing requirements applicable in the construction industry might or might not require general contractors to obtain a license, but specialized Denver contractors, such as plumbers, electricians and roofers, need to be licensed by the state in which they are registered to be allowed to practice legally almost invariably.

The role of general contractors in the building process is somewhat different from the roles of specialized contractors. In most cases, the general contractor is the point of contract between the client and the contractors that handle specific, specialized work. Some general contractors work with their own teams – case in which they are usually required to obtain state-issued licenses to guarantee the quality of their work –, but more often, they coordinate and manage the work of the individual contractors needed for the project. The subcontractors hired by general contractors, on the other hand, are required to obtain a license for their activity – they need to pass difficult exams to be allowed to provide their services. However, both general and specialized contractors need to be insured – most states require any business to have a general liability insurance and the businesses that have employees are required to have a workers’ compensation insurance as well.