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Tips to consider when selecting a contractor
- Ensure the contractor has a valid trade licence
- Do not get pressured into signing anything
- Always get a written estimate and at least three quotes
- Get a fully itemized estimate and make sure the details are written into a contract
- Get other quotes if you are asked to give a down payment of more than 5% to 15% of the total contract price
- Determine if the job requires a Building Permit. It is your responsibility to get a Building Permit, if you need one, before you start construction
All contractors must have a valid Trade and Contractor Licence to operate in Hamilton.
Trades that require a licence include:
- Building repair contractors such as roofers, carpenters, bricklayers, concrete workers, window and door installers, siding contractors and foundation waterproofing contractors
- Drain contractors
- Plumbing contractors
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning contractors
- Fire sprinkler installer contractors
In order to get a valid licence, contractors go through a process to ensure they have:
- Police criminal check
- Third party liability insurance
When you apply for a Building Permit, you must provide the licence number of the contractor who is doing the work.
Listing of licensed contractors
View our Open Data list of Licensed Contractors. Looking for a specific contractor? Use the filter tools to enter a name to search the listing online.
The City usually only investigates contractors if a complaint is made. If we receive a complaint of anyone operating without a valid licence, we ensure compliance with Hamilton’s Licensing By-Law No. 07-170.
Inspectors can carry out random spot checks to see if a contractor is operating with a proper licence.
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