Effective July 1 2008, Georgia now requires all contractors (including plumbers, electricians, HVAC, as well as remodeling/general contractors) to hold state licensing. This legal requirement raises the level of professionalism within the home improvement industry. Licensing standardizes the professional knowledge and expertise as all licensed individuals must carry a minimum number of years working in the industry, must have performed a specific number of projects, and must successfully complete a written exam. For the homeowner, licensing provides protection against previously uninsured workers who may have limited experience or knowledge in the field in which they work. Also, permitting projects is part of the licensing requirements, which imposes all projects regardless of size to be permitted by county/city regulations. Only licensed contractors can pull permits. County/city municipalities will begin policing projects more widely to confirm permitting. Projects that are not properly permitted will be subject to fines incurred by the homeowner; and, certain projects could be shut down until permitting requirements have been met.
Therefore, while it has always been important to confirm that all home improvement workers you hire are licensed, insured, and references are checked, now it will be illegal to hire help who are uninsured. Many companies are rushing to meet these requirements to be able to continue working. The good news is that Totally Dependable Contracting is already state-licensed. We strive to meet and exceed customer satisfaction and industry standards!
Our license # is RBCO000654. Learn more about state licensure on the Secretary of State's website.