Permits, violations & licenses

Find a licensed contractor and contractor information

Property owners should make sure that contractors have:

  • Proper licenses and registrations
  • A good reputation
  • The required permits before starting work.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) has tools that can help you with this.

Contractor requirements

Licenses and registrations

Property owners should make sure that contractors have required licenses or registrations before hiring them.

Reputation

Property owners should ask contractors for references and do additional research. The Attorney General’s Office makes some recommendations, including:

  • Checking contractors’ references.
  • Getting more than one bid for the job.
  • Checking for complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.

Permits

Once you hire a contractor, make sure that they have the required permits from L&I and have posted those permits on your property before they begin work.

Tools for finding a contractor

Find a licensed contractor

You can find a licensed contractor using L&I’s online tool.

You can find a registered Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor by searching the PA Attorney General’s database or calling 1-888-520-6680.

You can also look up which contractors have had their licenses revoked or suspended.

Check for permits

You can check if a contractor has obtained the required permits using L&I’s permit lookup tool.

You can also find information on the permits and violations associated with an address using the City’s Atlas tool.


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