Why should I use a licensed contractor?

For one thing, any contracted person doing work who is not currently registered with the State Construction Contractors Board is doing so illegally. Would you want this type of person working on your home?

Another reason is the registration provides some protection to the homeowner from being charged for work and materials not provided or paying twice for them (material suppliers and subcontractors can place a lien on your home if they do not receive payment from your contractor). There are also trade licenses for those persons doing plumbing and electrical work to provide some assurance that they have adequate knowledge and training in those fields.

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1. Why do I need a building permit?
2. When do I need an emergency work permit?
3. When do I need a building permit?
4. When do I need a mechanical permit?
5. Why do I need a plumbing permit?
6. Don't permits cost thousands of dollars?
7. What if I made an alteration to my home without realizing I needed a permit and I want to correct the situation; will I be subject to a fine? Do I have to tear the whole project down and start over?
8. What is the purpose of the permits and codes?
9. If I get a permit to remodel my home that was built ten years ago, do I remodel using the building codes that were in affect at the time my home was originally built or to today's code?
10. If I remodel my house, do I have to bring the entire home up to the codes in effect today?
11. Why should I use a licensed contractor?
12. If a licensed contractor is doing the construction should I rely on my contractor to get the permit?
13. I’m doing work that is exempt from a building permit. Is there anything else I should be concerned about?