Is a license required for home renovations?

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Posted by: from North Vancouver
7/6/2015 at 1:14:43 PM

Looking for electricians is simple as well as plumbers as they have to have official BC license accreditation. Wish to understand what to ask for when hiring other contractors.

Does a professional licence exist for home renovations folks who provide carpenters, tiling, dry walling, Kitchen, bathroom and roofing services? Or can anyone set up a business and hit the streets with no official validation of their skills?

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Nick in North Vancouver
Date/Time7/6/2015 at 2:56:42 PM

Ah.. I can see roofing guys have the following organization to maintain standards.

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Nick in North Vancouver
Date/Time7/6/2015 at 3:00:59 PM

Ah found more. It appears there is no standards organization for work outside of what is on this website below.

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Nick in North Vancouver
Date/Time7/6/2015 at 3:02:44 PM

Oh. I stand corrected. Carpenters do have a program to ensure their skills set to the customer.

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Date/Time7/6/2015 at 8:20:24 PM


I can only say for my area but think it is similar in BC. I am a licenced contractor and do "handyman" work. I am not a plumber, electricial or other trade that requires a trade certification. Plumbers and electricians are different as they require specific skills dealing with power and water flow/venting/pressure etc. Most other work can be done by anyone and this is where you should ask for references and experience. What I tell my clients is quite simple, ... if I don't feel qualified or it is illegal I will refer them to the appropiate trade. I also provide a list of people I know. Hope this helps.


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Date/Time7/6/2015 at 10:49:13 PM

Hi Nick,

What is probably most important is to protect yourself.

That means make sure they have contractor insurance and WCB insurance.

After that you need to recognize not all renovations need permits and that is where a license will come in effect.

But, in B.C. it is only a business license needed to pull permits.


Wayne Balliet

Project Manager

Builtru Construction

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