So I just started my own renovation company and have been doing work. I am just wondering, do I need a license to do renovations as a contractor,? I know I need one for electrical, plumbing and HVAC, I'm just wondering if I need one if I'm going into someone's house doing demo, insulating, drywalling and mudding etc?
I know I definitely should get insurance, but do I need a license to do what I am doing and if so where do I apply for one online for Ontario? Would love to know. I just priced out a pretty big job.
I just went through the same process and all you need is general liability insurance. If you are doing any of the skilled trades or anything tssa you must have the appropriate license. It's better to sub all of those types of work to the licensed pros.
Ok awesome! And were would be a good spot to go for general liability insurance? Also what is the website to register for the builders renovation license I cant seem to find it.
Here is the link
You have to apply. Then take a test.
As for liability insurance there are a hundred companies that offer commercial liability insurance. Shop around.
And don't forget that you need to have WSIB as well.
Thanks, I'll look into it and I am doing strictly residential so don't need wsib.
No, I do not have any employees, and was told that if it is just me I don't need to get wsib unless I am working on a commercial property and I am strictly residential.
As of January 1, 2013 new mandatory coverage rules came into effect; however, starting January 1, 2014, contractors who have not yet registered with the WSIB, and who do construction work without a valid clearance number will face fines of up to $100,000 upon conviction. Those who hire contractors without confirming they have a valid clearance number also face serious fines and penalties.
So even doing small jobs like painting or drywall I need to have wsib even on residential if im the only one working?
Yea, but I didn't think it was compulsory to have wsib more or a choice if its just me on my own.
Call WSIB, tell them what you are doing and they will give you a definitive answer. If you hire a sub-contractor, you need a clearance number. If you are looking for work as a sub, most contractors will ask you for a clearance number.
Ok thank you.
Search the TrustedPros directory and discover the best contractors in your area.Find your home service pro