Posted by: David Bruce | 2009/11/11

Maryland Home Improvement Contractor

BT Martin Contractors
License Requirements for Home Improvement Contractor:

  • •Applicant for a Maryland Home Improvement contractor’s license must provide proof of 2 years of work experience in home improvement work, construction, and/or related education.
  • Applicants must provide proof of financial solvency based on the scope and size of their business in relation to total assets, liabilities, credit rating, and net worth. An applicant that submits a surety bond to meet the financial solvency requirement must submit a bond in the amount of $20,000.
  • If a contractor is representing a corporation, articles of incorporation and a certificate of good standing from the Department of Assessments and Taxation must be submitted (www.dat.state.md.us).
  • A contractor using a trade name must first check with the Commission to make sure the name is available for use with the Commission and then register the name with the Department of Assessments and Taxation. A certificate of trade name registration must be submitted with the license application.
  • Proof of current $50,000 liability insurance must be filed with the application for original licensure and at renewal. Contractors must give the Commission notice of cancellation of liability insurance at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation.
  • There is no statewide testing for Commercial and Residential Builders in the State of Maryland.

To work as a Commercial Contractor you must register with the city/county in which the company resides. It is advisable to pass the Maryland Home Improvement exam then acquire the registration from your city/county. This will allow you to work throughout the state. Also, to work as a Maryland Residential Builder you must register with the State Attorney General’s Office, you will have to show proof of liability insurance and pay $300 in fees.

*The Home Improvement Commission has a Guaranty Fund established by assessments to contractors. The Fund compensates homeowners for actual monetary losses due to poor workmanship or failure to perform a home improvement contract for work done only by licensed contractors. Each licensed contractor is covered by the Fund for up to $100,000 for all claims.

Scope of Work: The Maryland Home Improvement license allows the licensee to alter, remodel, repair, or replace a building or part of a building used as a residence. Home Improvement also includes work done on individual condominium units. It does not include work done on apartment buildings that contain 4 or more single family units or work done on commonly owned areas of condominiums.

Applications: To apply, contact the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 1-410-230-6309.

•The average processing time on applications is 8 weeks.
•The original license fee for an active Home Improvement contractor is $325. The renewal fee for an active Home Improvement license is $304.61.
•The original license fee for an active Subcontractor license is $125. The renewal fee for a Subcontractor with an active license is $125.
•The original license fee for an active Sales license is $75. The renewal fee for a Sales license that is active is $75.
For license issued prior to July 1, 1999 each licensee was issued a personal renewal date from which the license must be renewed every 2 years.

For licenses issued after July 1, 1999 the license period is 2 years from the date of issuance of the original license.

The Home Improvement Commission meets the 1st Thursday of each month.

•There is a $50 fee to place a license on inactive status. Persons holding an inactive license cannot enter into home improvement contracts or perform any home improvement work.
•The fee for an original inactive Home Improvement license is $162.50. The renewal fee for an inactive Home Improvement license is $112.50.
•The fee for an original inactive Subcontractors license is $112.50. The renewal fee for an inactive Subcontractors license is $62.50.
•The fee for an original inactive Sales license is $87.50. The renewal fee for an inactive Sales license is $37.50.
•To change from an inactive status to active status there is a $10 reactivation fee for all licenses.
Contractors must also submit a credit report, proof of liability insurance and $75 for the Guaranty Fund renewal assessment.

Reciprocity: Maryland has no reciprocal agreement with any other states for this license.

301 253-1068

Maryland Home Improvements by BT Martin Contractors

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