Local contractor license issues in major cities
Licensing is an issue that's inherently local.
Rules vary widely from state to state. Most states require some sort of license or registration program for at least a few home-improvement trades, some don't. Some municipalities and counties require additional licenses to be able to perform home repairs and improvements, some don't. Some jurisdictions strictly enforce their licensing laws, many don't.
To get a better idea of how licensing regulations vary at the local level, take a look at some of the contractor and trade license issues that affect the following metropolitian areas.
Dallas homeowner swindled unlicensed contractor
Minneapolis electrician stresses importance of regulation
Portland couple learns painful lesson about licensing
Alexandria chimney project delayed by licensing issues