Local contractor license issues in major cities

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.

ATLANTA
Georgia now requires contractor license for general contractors

BOSTON
Illegal contracting work common in Boston

CHICAGO
Chicago roofer shut down for having no license

CINCINNATI
Cincinnati requires registration for contractors

CLEVELAND
Checking contractor licensing in the Cleveland area

COLUMBUS
Columbus drops contractor licensing exams
Complicated rules make Columbus' system confusing

DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Dallas homeowner swindled unlicensed contractor

INDIANAPOLIS
Indianapolis, suburban contractor licensing rules differ

MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee electricians face tougher requirements

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL
Minneapolis electrician stresses importance of regulation

PORTLAND, Ore.
Portland couple learns painful lesson about licensing

RALEIGH, N.C.
Unlicensed contractor scams Raleigh homeowners, gets jail time

ST. LOUIS
St. Louis suburb strict on contractor licensing

TAMPA
Unlicensed contractors flourish in Tampa area

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Alexandria chimney project delayed by licensing issues


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Corliss Taylor-Dunn

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Colorado has licensing issues in the Southern region. I was taken advantage of by an unlicensed contractor, and found out only after it was too late to recoup lost monies, that the state had no license requirements for general contractors.

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