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Rules for displaying your RBQ license number & exemptions 2020

Don’t skip the steps!

You are in the process of obtaining your RBQ license and you will be taking your exams shortly.

You are getting ahead and already thinking about your business cards and it is always good to anticipate; however, be careful not to skip the steps!

The Building Act requires you to display your license number from the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) on your business cards.

Also, do not print your cards before obtaining your RBQ license number.


Entering your RBQ license number

Your RBQ license number consists of a 10-digit sequence. It must be indicated as follows  : ”  RBQ license: XXXX-XXXX-XX  “.


Obligation to display your RBQ license number

You are obliged to indicate your license number on the following elements:

  • Business cards (professional) and other advertising documents
  • Advertisements in newspapers and magazines
  • Advertising messages in the telephone directory (Yellow Pages).
  • Advertising messages in the telephone directory (Yellow Pages).  license number must be entered as soon as the nature of your services (ex.  : renovation, construction) or  your industry (ex.  : residential or commercial) appear in the message. It is not necessary to indicate your license number in the case of a simple registration such as ”  ABC Construction inc., Address, phone  : 418  555-0000  “.
  • Vehicles (See below)
  • Website
  • Estimates, quotes, contracts, statements of account and invoices.


Exemptions from displaying your RBQ license

– It is not mandatory to display your license number on promotional items such as pens, mugs and key chains bearing the company name.

– Contractors who are members of the Corporation of Master Electricians of Quebec or of the Corporation of Master Pipe Mechanics of Quebec do not have to display their RBQ license number, because they are identified by the logo of their respective corporation .

– Entrepreneurs domiciled outside Quebec are also exempt from the application of this measure.

– If you offer work services that do not require an RBQ license, you are also exempt from this measure.

Work that does not require an RBQ license:

  • Tree felling
  • Water supply (temporary network)
  • Landscaping
  • Sweeping of public roads
  • Consultation by a professional for construction work
  • De-icing and snow removal from roofs, bridges, pylons, roads, sidewalks
  • Application of water and other dust suppressants on construction sites
  • Spreading sand and abrasive on the road
  • Excavation of rock in a quarry
  • Carrying out emergency work aimed at barricading openings or temporarily sealing a building that has been stolen, vandalized, robbed, set on fire, or that has collapsed
  • Manufacture of asphalt, concrete, stone crushing, assembly of prefabricated parts in a factory on a construction site
  • Mowing grass (especially on public roads)
  • Managing the operation of a quarry
  • Management of the operation of a sanitary landfill site
  • Inspections of all kinds
  • Installation of measuring devices in a building or civil engineering work such as piezometers, pressuremeters, extensometers, samplers, pendulums, etc.
  • Installation of solar collectors for manufacturing processes or for swimming pools not intended for public use, except for anchors or supports
  • Delivery of building materials
  • Staff hire (employment agency)
  • Performing tests: air flow measurement, lighting level measurement, combustion test, pressure test, etc.
  • Installation of self-adhesive films
  • Concrete pumping
  • Garbage collection along public roads
  • Non-structural restoration of architectural elements incorporated into a building, carried out by craftsmen using artisanal techniques different from routine renovation, repair or maintenance of a building. These works are much more like works of art than construction works.


Correct display of your RBQ license number on your vehicles

Your RBQ license number must appear on all your vehicles which display the company’s name and which circulate on public roads or on a construction site, for example vans, dump trucks or heavy machinery. For a trailer truck, the license number must be displayed on the tractor unit or on the trailer, or both, depending on whether the advertisement appears on one or other of the vehicle components or on both. A single entry of the license number is sufficient for each vehicle or vehicle component.

Source: RBQ


Formal prohibition

It is strictly forbidden to display the flag of the Government of Quebec and the RBQ logo.

RBQ inspectors and investigators ensure this during their surveillance activities.




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31 October 2022

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