Does a General Contractor require a license to operate? From what I can tell, General Contractor's seem to be the "quarterback" until the work is completed. If the other sub-contractors are licensed and able to pull necessary permits, isn't the GC acting as a middle man so the individual needing work completed only has to deal with one person rather than all tradesman? I live in the Lower Mainland, BC (Vancouver and surrounding area).
The General contractor is like a Project Manager in most of the cases. GC is like a Ring Master, or the Orchestra player swinging the sticks. If they are not there (experienced) then the whole project is a disaster, night mare, never finished on time. Timely purchases, decisions, scheduling of each and every trade, material, order placement, deliveries etc. lots of trades in and out changing hands of different activities keep the entire circus in line, all the musicians to play in rhythm so its music and not noise. A great role to play with lots of responsibilities where mostly blame is there as credit is always for others.
If you hire right trades with proper licencing mainly - Electricians, Gas technicians, and Plumbers and can read drawings, and qualified know CODE where you are operating as a GC one do not need Licence. My point of view. Carry liability insurance for your company.
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