Hiring a Contractor

Who Should Apply for the Permit?

You may obtain permits in your own name. However, it is always suggested that your contractor be listed on your permit application to:

  • Allow permit staff to verify your contractor is properly licensed.
  • Indicate their responsibility for the work.
  • Enforcement action against the contractor becomes more difficult if the permit is issued to the homeowner. 

How Do I Verify a Contractor’s License?

Contractor licenses are obtained through the state.  To verify if a contractor is licensed, go to Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation or call 804-367-8500, TTY 711.

Tips for When Hiring a Contractor

  • Hire only licensed contractors.
  • Check the status of the contractor’s license with the state.
  • Get three references, review past work.
  • Get at least three bids.
  • Get a written contract and don’t sign anything until you completely understand the terms.
  • Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project.
  • Check with Fairfax County Consumer Affairs for more tips.

Possible Signs of an Unlicensed Contractor

To Make a Complaint About a Potentially Unlicensed Contractor

Consider checking out contractors in the county’s consumer complaints database.  Still not sure? Contact the Permit Application Center via email or by calling 703-222-0801, TTY 711, for help. 

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