If you are considering remodeling your home,
adding on or making any kind of improvement, be
aware of the early warning signs of an
unlicensed contractor before you hire someone.
The early warning signs are as follows:
• A large down payment is requested before work
• Many requests for money during early phases of
• They ask you to obtain the permit. A licensed
contractor in good standing will always obtain
• Terms are not put in writing, the contract is
• The contractor doesn’t have proof of
insurance. Licensed contractors must have
general liability insurance and worker’s
compensation in effect at all times.
• Call the Building Department if you are told
that the job does not require a permit or
inspections. Almost all projects, except for
very minor repairs, require a permit and
• The work is done only on weekends or after
hours. Licensed contractors are full-time
• Someone, other than the person or company you
contracted to do the work obtains the permit.
• Does not have a state or county certification.
• Asks that the check be made payable to his/her
name or to cash, rather than a company name.
• No Certificate of Competency number on the
vehicle, business cards, or advertisement.
You may call our department at (305) 416-1116 to
verify if the person you are hiring is licensed
and registered with the City.