Painters employed by or sub-contracting for a general contractor also do not need licensing. They are allowed to work under the license of their employer.
If you are a painter in Minnesota who works directly with homeowners, you need a license. Those who only work on commercial projects do not require licensing.
If a painting contractor earns less than $15,000 annually is exempt from licensing.
Contractors in Minnesota who contract directly with homeowners have to apply for a license.
Depending on the work they do, the following licenses are available:
Building contractor license
Licensees can construct new buildings and work on all existing buildings.
A holder of this license is only allowed to work on existing buildings. Painters in Minnesota can apply for a remodeler license.
Contractors who install or repair roofs need to apply for a roofer license.
Where to get a painting license in Minnesota
Painters working in Minnesota can apply for licenses at the Department of Labor and Industry.
Here is how to get your painting contractor license in Minnesota.
- Sit the pre-licenses exam.
- You will be assigned a Q number for tracking continuous professional development. It is a requirement for all licensed contractors.
- Fill out and submit the license application form.
- Have current business filings, including a copy of your business incorporation certificate.
- Ensure that your business name and address are as they appear in your business registration.
- Valid business liability insurance and worker’s compensation if you have employees.
- Pay the license application fee and any other applicable fees.
What can happen if you hire an unlicensed painter in Minnesota
Unlicensed painters in Minnesota are guilty of a misdemeanor. They have no right to claim liens.
Unlicensed painters are liable to administrative and civil penalties.
Here are some negative consequences of hiring an unlicensed contractor.
- They may not deliver as agreed. Licensed contractors risk losing their license if reported for unfinished jobs or overcharging. 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 cost you more if an unlicensed contractor causes damage to your property.
- You will have to pay for any medical bills for injuries sustained by the contractor.
- It may be hard to get your money back from an unlicensed out-of-state painter.
- It will affect the value of your property.
- It may void your home insurance.
Can I paint my own house without a license?
Yes. You do not need a license to paint your own home in Minnesota.
In many states, homeowners can paint both the exterior and interior of their homes without a license or permit.
Painting your home is an easy task. It is affordable since all you need is the paint and paintbrushes.
Why hiring a professional painter is recommended
If you do not have the time or skills to paint, you can hire a contractor.
One of the greatest benefits of hiring a professional painter is that you can expect the paint job to last at least ten years before you need to repaint your home. Make sure to use high-quality paint for the best results.
If you choose to hire a contractor, ensure that you hire a Minnesota registered painter. Seek referrals to hire a good painter.
Also, get at least three quotes before you hire. It helps you to find a painter who will work with your budget.
When you hire a contractor, the cost of painting your home is higher than if you DIY. Different painters charge different prices, hence the need to have three quotes to compare.
Lead paint disclosure Minnesota
A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and Minnesota legal requirement when selling or renting property built before 1978.
Before selling a house, sellers must inform their prospective clients of lead-based paint. 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.