Painters in Hawaii working on projects worth over $1,000 must have a license.

In Hawaii, any person performing contractor tasks needs to be licensed.

Do painters need to be licensed in Hawaii

All contractors in Hawaii must have a Professional and Vocational License. For painters, you will get a Specialty Contractor License.

Depending on the type of contractor you are, you can apply for a

  • General Engineering Contractor or
  • General Building Contractor license.

Where To Get a Painting License in Hawaii

In Hawaii, the Department of Commerce And Consumer Affairs licenses contractors.

The requirement for licensing are:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • You must have at least four years of experience in the trade over the last ten years.
  • Pass a trade exam.
  • Have general liability insurance and worker’s compensation if you have employees.
  • Have a good reputation.

License Application Process

Here is the license application process if you meet all the requirements.

  1. Download, fill and submit the filled application on or before the first Tuesday of the month.
  2. Pay the license application fee.
  3. After the licensing board meets, you will get notified of the approval or disapproval of your application.
  4. Once approved, you will have to book, pay and sit your exam within one month.
  5. When you pass your exams, you will submit your license requirements.
  6. You will be issued a renewable license.

What Can Happen if You Hire an Unlicensed Painter in Hawaii

For any project in Hawaii that exceeds $1,500 and requires a building permit, you must hire a licensed contractor.

A painter must have a specialty contractor license.

The Licensing and Business Registration Information Section will help you confirm that the contractor you are about to hire is licensed.

Here is what can happen if you hire an unlicensed contractor.

  • They may not deliver as agreed. Licensed contractors risk losing their license if reported for wrongdoing. Always hire only licensed contractors for your painting jobs.
  • Shoddy work. Licensed contractors have passed practical and written examinations to show their experience and competence.
  • You will have to pay for any damage or accident during the job since unlicensed contractors do not have insurance.
  • It will affect the value of your property. It may also void your home insurance.

Reasons Why You Should Hire a Licensed Contractor

Here is why you should hire a licensed contractor for all your projects in Hawaii.

  • They have the training, experience, and competence for their trade.
  • They have liability insurance.
  • Can obtain and sign building permits when needed.
  • A Contractors Recovery Fund is available for licensed contractors if anything goes wrong with your home improvement project.
What can happen if you hire an unlicensed painter in Hawaii

Can I Paint My Own House Without a License?

In many states, homeowners can paint both the exterior and interior of their homes without a license or permit.

In Hawaii, you do not need permission or a license to paint your house.

However, if you live in a listed building, you will have to seek permission to change the appearance of the building.

Painting your home is an easy task. It is affordable since all you need is the paint and paintbrushes.

However, if you do not have the time or skills to paint, you can hire a contractor.

If you choose to hire a contractor, ensure that you hire a licensed contractor.

When you hire a contractor, the cost of painting your home is likely to exceed $1,000.

When you hire a licensed contractor, you can expect the paint job to last at least ten years before you need to repaint your home.

Whether you DIY or hire a contractor, make sure to use high-quality paint for the best results.

Lead Paint Disclosure Hawaii

A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and Hawaii legal requirement when selling or renting property built before 1978.

Before selling a house, sellers must inform their prospective clients’ presence of lead-based paint in the. Additionally, sales contracts must include the lead paint disclosure.

Landlords must also include the disclosure in the rent leases.

Lead is harmful to human beings. It gets into the body through breathing in or swallowing lead dust from chipped paint. It causes brain damage and nervous disorders in children under six years.

Pregnant women and unborn children are at high risk of infections caused by exposure to lead.

Benjamin McInerny
Author: Benjamin McInerny - is a qualified arborist with 20 years of industry experience. Ben has a wide knowledge of renovation and DIY projects around the house such as lawns, fencing and painting. Ben shares his skills with DIY enthusiasts.