How To Start A Roofing Business In Alaska

How to Start a Roofing Business in Alaska

Here is a list of some items you may need to address when trying to start a roofing business in the state of Alaska

Getting Started- The state of Alaska has created a few links to help you get started with your business: and

-Register your business name.

Find out more about business name registration here:

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  Choosing a Roofing Company Name and Roofing Business Name Ideas

-Select your business structure.

Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Read Chapter 2 on business structures here:  More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure

  -Register your business.

You will need a business license to operate a roofing business in Alaska:

-Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

-Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.

You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here: and .

  -Get Liability Insurance.

Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.  Roofers have a higher risk than other types of contractors, so insurance costs will be more for roofers than landscapers, painters, etc.  More about liability insurance here: Roofing Liability Insurance

 -Register as a Contractor.

As a contractor, you need to register with the state of Alaska:

-Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.  You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.

-Get Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance.  If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.


Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

-Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for your particular job, and may be subject to inspections.


Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  Osha Roofing Contractor Regulations Summary and