Licensing is a function of municipalities in South Dakota.

Painters and general contractors must register in the jurisdiction of the cities in which they work.

Where to get a painting license

Apply for your South Dakota Contractor’s Tax License from the Department of Revenue website. You will only need to submit your identification documents and your business registration.

In the cities, these are the requirements to get your painting license:

  • Fill out the application. Download application forms for Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Brookings, and Watertown here.
  • Pay the required license fee for each town.
  • Get the required surety bond as stipulated in each town.
  • Proof of general liability for your business.
  • Proof of worker’s compensation insurance if you have employees.
  • Tax excise number.

What can happen if you work without a license?

Painters working without the proper licenses in Oklahoma may face penalties such as:

  • Civil fines. First-time offenders pay $4,000 fines. Subsequent offenses attract fines of up to $10,000 or higher.
  • Jail time

What are the 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 South Dakota.

In many states, homeowners can paint both the exterior and interior of their homes without a license or permit.

However, any construction will require a permit.

Why hiring a professional painter is recommended

Painting your home is an easy task. It is affordable since all you need is the paint and paintbrushes.

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 licensed to work in Pennsylvania. 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.

Why hiring a professional painter is recommended (South Dakote)

Lead paint disclosure in South Dakota

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

Failure to make a lead disclosure exposes the seller or landlord to liability. If your buyers or tenants fall sick due to undeclared lead paint, you could be sued for damages. You may also have to pay a fine.

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.

To prevent the likelihood of falling sick due to lead paint, ensure that the paint is not chipped or cracked. Clean the walls regularly and allow for proper air circulation in the house. Open the windows regularly and clean the air ducts.

Benjamin McInerny
Author: Benjamin McInerny - is a qualified arborist with 20 years of industry experience. Ben has a wide knowledge of renovation and DIY projects around the house such as lawns, fencing and painting. Ben shares his skills with DIY and gardening enthusiasts.