Painters in New Jersey must register with the state. All subcontractors must also register with the state.
Commercial painters and employees of home improvement contractors are exempt from registration.
All registered painters must have a badge and display their registration number in their office, documents and advertisements.
Painters in New Jersey have to renew their registration every year.
New Jersey requires painters to register as Home Improvement Contractors.
The Home Improvement Contractor designation allows you to paint, repair, renovate, improve, replace, install, build, move and demolish residential properties.
Where to get a painting license in New Jersey
Apply for your Home Improvement Contractor registration at the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Here are the registration requirements.
- Complete the contractor registration application form.
- Pay the $110 registration fee.
- Register your business.
- Proof of general liability insurance and workers’ compensation if you have employees.
- Provide contact information for your business.
- Federal employer identification number.
- Your social security number.
- Information on the owners of the business when it is a partnership or LLC.
- Signed disclosures
- Notarized certificates.
What can happen if you hire an unlicensed painter
It is illegal for contractors to work in New Jersey without registration.
You are liable to fines of up to $10,000 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses attract a fine worth $20,000 and jail time.
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 New Jersey
A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and New Jersey 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.