In Ohio, painters need to register with the cities in which they work.

Commercial electrical contractors, plumbers, and Hydronics professionals are the only contractors that need a state license.

Do painters need to be licensed in Ohio

Painters in Ohio can apply for a home improvement or general contractor license.

Depending on the city a painter works in, either of these licenses will allow them to work on diverse painting projects. For instance:

  • The home improvement contractor license will allow the holder to repair, remodel, alter, modernize or improve a building.
  • The general contractor license will allow the holder to construct new buildings and alter or repair new and existing commercial or residential buildings.

Where to get a painting license in Ohio

Where you get your painting license in Ohio depends on your project location. Different cities have different requirements for the painting license application.

In Columbus, you will get your license from the Building and Zoning Department.

In Cincinnati, apply for your license from the Buildings Department.

Application requirements will vary in every city.

Here are some of the requirements for license application.

  • Proof of at least three years of experience.
  • Proof of business registration.
  • Proof of general liability insurance
  • Proof of workers’ compensation insurance if you have employees.

What can happen if you work without a license?

It is illegal for one to contract without a license.

Here are some of the consequences you will face from the state or city if found contracting without a license.

  • Fines of up to $1,000 per day if you work without a license.
  • Jail time
  • License revocation.

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.
  • 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 Ohio.

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 painter registered to work in your city. 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 Ohio

A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and Ohio 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.

Ben McInerney
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