Texas does not have a state license for painters.
Painters have to register with the local offices in the cities they work.
Depending on the city the painter works, they can apply for the following license:
Home improvement contractor license
License holders are allowed to carry out non-structural work on properties. Painters should apply for the Home Improvement Contractor license.
Home builder contractor license
License holders carry out structural work on buildings.
Where to get a painting license
Painters apply for a license from the municipality offices in their cities.
In Austin, you can get your painter’s license from the City of Austin Developmental Services.
In San Antonio, apply for your license from the Developmental Service Department.
Different cities have varying requirements for licensing. Here are some of the conditions a painter has to meet.
- Register your business to get a Texas Business License.
- General business liability insurance.
- Workers compensation if you have employees.
- Get a surety bond.
- Pass a trade exam.
What can happen if you work without a license?
Painters working without the proper licenses in South Carolina may face penalties such as:
- Civil fines
- Criminal charges
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 Texas.
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 licensed to work in Texas. 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 Texas
A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and Texas 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. You could be sued for damages if your buyers or tenants fall sick due to undeclared lead paint. You may also have to pay a $10,000 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.