Looking to hire a contractor can be a daughting task–I know. I work with the companies and had to find these resources myself. A big part of that task is finding the information you need to know. (Please do NOT assume you know, that is how people get into trouble.) A step-by-step process is available in my book, Hiring a Contractor which is available on Amazon. Links to finding your local information are listed here. The information is listed by state, click on the link that corresponds to your state.

Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you find other information that needs to be included / updated please contact Mel DePaoli at mel [at] omicle.com. Thanks for your help and good luck!
Last updated: August 2010

States: A-F | G-L | M-N | O-S | T-W

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General Resources:

Angie’s List: www.AngiesList.com  

Contractor’s License Reference Site: http://contractors-license.org/

EPA’s Requirements: http://www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm 
http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?sectionID=715&genericContentID=121061

Federal Trade Commission’s Cooling-Off Rule: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro03.shtm

National Contractor License Service (State List): http://clsi.com/state_contractor_license_board.htm 

Service Magic: http://www.servicemagic.com/

United States Department of Labor on Construction: http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs003.htm

What Is A Lien?: http://www.remodelingmyspace.com/legal-issues/contractor-laws/what-is-a-lien-and-are-you-at-risk.htm

States:

Ohio

Commerce Bureau of Labor & Worker Safety
6606 Tussing Rd.
PO Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-9009
Phone: (614) 644-2450
Fax: (614)728-8639
http://www.com.ohio.gov/laws/

County List—Online
http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/NACo_FindACounty.aspx

Attorney General
30 E. Broad St., 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (800) 282-0515
http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/

Construction Industry Licensing Board
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Phone: (800) 248-4040
Fax: (614)728-1200
http://com.ohio.gov/dico/OCILB.aspx

Construction License Verification—Online
https://www.comapps.ohio.gov/dic/dico_apps/lics/coemp_lookup/default.aspx

Architects Board
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Phone: (614) 466-2316
Fax: (614) 644-9048
http://www.arc.ohio.gov/

Architecture License Verification—Online
https://license.ohio.gov/lookup/default.asp?division=89

 

Oklahoma

Department of Labor
3017 N. Stiles, Suite 100
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-6100
Fax: (405)521-6018
http://www.ok.gov/odol/

Local Resources—Online
http://www.ok.gov/genthree/maps.php

Attorney General
313 NE 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 521-3921
Fax: (918) 581-2885
http://www.oag.state.ok.us/

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd Street #5
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: (405) 271-5217
Fax: (877) 484-4424
http://www.ok.gov/cib/index.html

Construction Verification—Online
http://cibverify.ok.gov/

 

Oregon

Bureau of Labor and Industries
800 NE Oregon St., Suite 1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Fax: (971) 673-0762
http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/

Local Government Resources—Online
http://www.oregon.gov/pages/index.aspx

Attorney General
Oregon Department of Justice
1162 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4096
Phone: (503) 378-4400
http://www.doj.state.or.us/

Construction Contractors Board
700 Summer St. NE, Suite 300
PO Box 14140
Salem, OR 97309-5052
Phone: (503) 378-4621
Fax: (503) 373-2007
http://www.ccb.state.or.us/

Verify a Contractor’s License—Online
http://www.ccb.state.or.us/CCB/online_services.shtml

 

Pennsylvania

Labor & Industries
Phone: (717)787-3354
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/l_i_home/5278

County Resources—Online
http://www.pa.gov/portal/server.pt/community/quick_government_resources/3070

Attorney General
16th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-3391
Fax: (717) 787-8242
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/l_i_home/5278

Home Improvement Consumer Information—Online / Contractor Verification
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/hiccon.aspx?id=4502

 

Rhode Island

Department of Labor & Training
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/

Attorney General
150 South Main St.
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 274-4400
http://www.riag.ri.gov

Contractor’s Registration Board
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5859
Phone: (401) 222-1268
http://www.crb.state.ri.us/

Professional Regulation / License Verification—Online
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/profregsonline/PROLentree.aspx

Housing Resources—Online
http://www.hrc.ri.gov/links/index.php

 

South Carolina

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Synergy Business Park, Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-4300
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/

County Resources—Online
http://www.sccounties.org/counties/default.aspx

Attorney General
Rembert Dennis Building
1000 Assembly Street, Room 519
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803)734-3970
http://www.scattorneygeneral.com/

License Verification—Online
http://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/LookupMain.aspx

 

South Dakota

Department of Labor
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3101
Fax: (605) 773-6184
http://dol.sd.gov/

County List—Online
http://www.sdcounties.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=28

Attorney General
1302 E Hwy 14, Suite 1
Pierre SD 57501-8501
Phone: (605) 773-3215
Fax: (605) 773-4106
http://atg.sd.gov/

State Government Phonebook—Online
http://apps.sd.gov/applications/dp51SWPB/DP51InternetSearch.asp

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