Painters and all construction contractors working in Maryland need a license.
It is a crime for contractors to work on construction projects or home renovations without a license. You must obtain a Home Improvement License by applying to the Maryland Department of Labor.
You will need to sit for a license exam, then submit an application to the MDL and pay a small application fee.
A painter in Maryland needs to apply for the Home Improvement License. This covers a variety of tasks such as plastering, fencing, roofing and painting.
Other contractors can apply for available specialized tasks licenses.
Master Electrician License for electrical contractors, Plumbers License for plumbers, and HVACR License for HVAC contractors.
Where to get a painting license in Maryland
Painters and other contractors get their licenses from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing And Regulation(DLLR).
Here are the requirements painters and other contractors must meet to apply and receive their license.
- Register a business name. Contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission to reserve a business name. Once the name is confirmed, register with the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation.
- Provide proof of your net worth of at least $20,000. You can also get a two-year surety bond worth $20,000.
- Provide a bank statement.
- Provide a credit report.
- Proof of general liability insurance.
- Provide conviction records.
- Pay for, sit and pass the licensing exam.
- Download, fill out and submit your license application form.
- Proof of payment for the licensing and application fees.
What can happen if you hire an unlicensed painter in Maryland
It is a crime for a painter to work in Maryland without a license.
Here are some negative consequences of hiring an unlicensed contractor.
- They may not deliver as agreed. Unlicensed painters are prone to leaving the job unfinished.
- Unlicensed painters will quote a low price to get your contract. As it progresses, they will ask you for more money. They may also charge you for work not done or unnecessary tasks.
- Unlicensed painters may have convictions for crimes committed in other people’s homes.
- It will be difficult to recover money from unlicensed painters from other states.
- 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 cost you more if an unlicensed contractor causes damage to your property.
- It will affect the value of your property.
- It may void your home insurance.
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 Maryland, you can paint your home without permission. Check with your local town office or homeowners association to find out if you can paint your home or if you have to hire a licensed painter.
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.
It will cost more to paint your home if you hire a painter.
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.
Lead paint disclosure Maryland
A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and Maryland 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.