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
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,
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.