The Home Improvement Consumer Protector Act mandates that any firm that performs renovation or maintenance on an existing residential structure must apply for a license from the State of Pennsylvania. Exceptions are only provided for “handymen” who perform less than $5000 in total work per year and large building supply retailers (i.e. Lowes, Home Depot, Sears) that offer home installation service. Electricians, plumbers, roofers, pavers, HVAC installers, and other general contracting and labor companies must verify their registration prior to obtaining a building permit from the Borough. To register your business or to find out if the contractor that you’ve hired has procured the necessary license, visit the Attorney General's website.
To prevent accidents that impact worker safety and damage the property of Borough residents, all contractors are also required to carry liability insurance. The Department of Building Inspection/Code Enforcement requests that applicants present proof insurance along with their building permit form.