Hiring a General Contractor: Know What Licenses Do and Don’t Do for You |
Hiring a General Contractor: Know What Licenses Do and Don’t Do for You
Hiring a General Contractor: Know What Licenses Do and Don’t Do for You

Finding for a reliable remodeling or construction contractor that will put forth quality work and treat the job in a professional, timely manner can be challenging. One way to make a wiser choice is to make sure your general contractor has a license. While having a license do not guarantee that contractors are highly skilled in their craftsmanship, it does ensure they can pull necessary permits on certain jobs and are not illegally engaging in construction.

In Indiana, whether or not a general contractor is required to have a license will depend on where they perform work. In Marion County, general contractors are required to hold a license from the Department of Code Enforcement. This applies to any individual or business engaging in construction, land alteration, excavation, driveway work, or sewer work. General contractors are required to, among other things, fill out an application, provide proof that one agent can pull permits, and provide proof of general liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and that they hold a surety bond. If a general contractor works in an unconsolidated city such as Lawrence, they may have additional license requirements. Other counties in Indiana have no licensure requirement, while some have more general “listing” requirements.

Though licenses are obviously important, they are no guarantee that a contractor’s work will be up to your expectations.

One easy way to research for a contractor is to visit Home Artisans of Indiana. This group of home improvement experts was created around a shared philosophy of providing outstanding customer service, quality and value. Visit homeartisans.com to learn more about our members. You can also read our blog about how to find a reputable contractor here.

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