Should homeowners always hire licensed contractors?

Answer from the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI): "DLI strongly recommends hiring a contractor licensed by the state of Minnesota. That ensures the company has met certain requirements, including having a principal of the company pass an appropriate examination and having liability and property damage insurance. A licensed contractor must also take a number of continuing education classes each year."

If you have questions about the licensing status of a contractor, you can check on the State website.

Some work does not require a license or a permit, if you have specific questions feel free to call us at the City 651-638-2050 or email the Building Department.

Please reference the State of Minnesota's Consumer Guide to Hiring a Contractor (PDF).

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1. How do I get my City Contractor License?
2. Does New Brighton have licensing requirements?
3. Where can I find the most current fee schedule?
4. Should homeowners always hire licensed contractors?
5. I am a homeowner and I have hired a contractor who is asking me to pull the permits for them. What should I do?
6. I suspect the contractor I have hired is not reliable: What should I do?