Wyoming only requires state licensing for electrical contractors.
Painters and other contractors must register at the local level. However, they must also register their businesses with the state for tax purposes.
Painters in Wyoming do not require a state license.
Depending on the cities they work, painters may either register or apply for a license at the local level.
Painters may apply for specialty licenses or general contractor licenses at the local level. General contractor licenses have various classifications to allow for different tasks according to the contractor’s skill.
Where to get a painting license
To get a business license in Wyoming, you have to register your business with the Secretary of State.
In Cheyenne, you can get your license from the Compliance Division.
In Casper, you can get your license from Casper’s Property and Housing Department.
In Gillette, you can get your license from the Building Inspection Department.
To get your license you must:
- Register your business
- Get a permit for your project.
- Show proof of experience depending on the city you work in.
- Choose a license category.
- Get general business insurance.
- Proof of workers’ compensation if you have employees.
- Surety bond.
- Trade exam where necessary.
- Completed application form.
- Proof of payment of license and application fees.
What can happen if you work without a license?
Painters working without the proper licenses in Wyoming may face penalties such as:
- Civil fines
- Criminal charges
How much you pay in fines and whether you will face jail time depends on the city you work in.
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 Virginia.
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 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 with a license to work in Wyoming. 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 Wyoming
A lead-based paint disclosure is a federal and Wyoming 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.
Ensure that the paint is not chipped or cracked, clean the walls regularly, and allow for proper air circulation in the house. Also, open the windows and clean the air ducts to prevent the likelihood of falling sick due to lead paint.
If you have a baby, have them checked twice before they get to 36 months for any lead paint side effects.