In most states, contractors need a license before starting work on any size project.
You are not required to carry a specific license to be a painter in New Hampshire.
Consequently, the different counties in the state will have their way of allowing contractors and painters to work.
Electricians and plumbers are the only contractors who need a license to work in New Hampshire.
Where to get a painting license
New Hampshire does not have a specific license for painters.
You only need to apply for a permit to work from your local town office.
The only state-licensed contractors in New Hampshire are plumbers and electrical.
Depending on the part of New Hampshire you live or work, apply for a permit from the city’s building department.
- In Concord, apply from the Code Administration Build Safety Department office.
- In Dover, apply from the City Operations Inspection Services Department
- In Manchester, apply for a permit from the Planning And Community Development Building Department.
- In Nashua, apply from the Community Development Building Safety Department office.
- In Rochester, apply from the Building And Licensing Services office.
To get your permit, here are the conditions you need to fulfill.
- Submit a completed permit application letter from your city.
- Provide details on the project.
- Pay required permit fees.
- Receive your permit.
- Start work on the project only on permit receipt.
What can happen if you hire an unlicensed painter
For work that requires a license, working without it is a misdemeanor.
Fines and jail time are penalties you could face in New Hampshire if you work without a license.
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 New Hampshire.
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, apply and receive a permit before your painter starts working. 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 New Hampshire
A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and New Hampshire 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.