Contractor Licence

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Posted by: from Vancouver
10/21/2013 at 2:44:45 AM

I need to verify if a contractor actually holds a licence, that he says he does.

How do you find out if a contractor holds a licence?

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Brad from BK Construction in Ottawa
Date/Time10/21/2013 at 9:50:47 AM


The contractor should have a paper copy of his licence. If he does not, you can ask him to get one. If he does not provide with a copy of a licence them do not hire him. Always check for licence information, insurance information and workplace safety information.

Good luck with your renovation.


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Date/Time10/22/2013 at 11:01:45 AM

We all carry a lic. You can view as well you should ask to see his liability insurance and ask to have a wcb clearance sent to you.

Here in Alberta we also have to show a pre-paid contractor lic. and bond if we ask for money up front. BC as I recall does not, but a really good contractor will also carry bonding even if not required.

Do not hire a person who cannot show paper proof with valid dates on them. You risk your money and home quality hiring these "chuck with a trucks". They will be far cheaper than proper contractors but you will get what you pay for.

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Date/Time10/24/2013 at 11:37:38 PM

Just ask for his license number. If he has a problem with that or doesn't produce it, don't hire him.

Just remember a contractor license is actually just a buisness license issued by the city, and some cities do not require one.

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