Frequently Asked Questions

Is the AGC of South Dakota a State Regulatory Agency?

  • No, the AGC is not a State Regulatory Agency. We are a trade association that represents the interests of the construction industry in South Dakota.


What does the acronym AGC stand for?

  • AGC stands for Associated General Contractors. AGC of America is the oldest national organization of general contractors. the AGC has more than 32,500 member firms. These firms perform the major part of the contract construction done in the US. Member firms of the AGC perform approximately 80 percent of the federal-aid construction on the primary and interstate road systems, according to the records of the Federal Highway Administration. The AGC has over 100 chapters through the United Stated who member firms are members of the national association. While the chapters are affiliated with the national organization, they are autonomous organizations with their own officers and executive staffs.


Why are there two AGC Chapters in South Dakota?

  • The Highway-Heavy-Utilities Chapter is headquartered in Pierre. Member firms primarily build roads, bridges, city streets, parking lots, curb and gutter, utilities, and perform land development. The Building Chapter is headquartered in Sioux Falls. Its members primarily build commercial buildings.


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How do I apply for a contractor's license in South Dakota?

  • There are no contractor's license requirements in the State of South Dakota.


What is the Contractor's Excise Tax?

  • The Contractor's Excise Tax is a 2% tax on realty improvements (including roads and bridges). All contractors who work in South Dakota must obtain an Excise Tax Permit and comply with this tax. For further information, contact the South Dakota Department of Revenue, Business Tax Division @ 605-773-3311.