Unprofessional professionals are beginning to pop up in Johnson County as residents turn to around-the-house projects that occupy their free time and weekends.
Certainly a little help wouldn’t hurt, but homeowners should be careful whom they hire. Too often, they are left with shoddy home repairs, incomplete work, poor cleanup after the project is done or higher bills for unneeded or more expensive materials.
The Johnson County Contractor Licensing program of the Department of Planning, Development, and Codes provides up-to-date contractor listings. One of the many reasons the program was established was to protect public welfare by assuring that those undertaking the construction, alteration, repair or demolition of structures are licensed to perform such services in Johnson County.
The program is responsible for issuing and tracking 10 types of construction contractor licenses. In doing so, it establishes and maintains minimum standards for licensing contractors and provides quality continuing education to enhance contractor knowledge of building codes. The program teaches contractors local, national and international building codes.
The Contractor Licensing program provides a list of contractors by their license type, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, roofing, framing, swimming pools/spas and other residential home improvements. The list only includes licensed contractors with an “active license.”
Licensed contractors must provide evidence of insurance to obtain and maintain a license to do work in Johnson County. They must keep in force a policy of general liability insurance, including completed operations coverage.
Some home improvements require a building permit from the local city or county jurisdiction. A building permit ensures an independent, third-party construction expert working for residents by periodically inspecting their project. If a permit is required, residents should require that the contractor gets the permit. They should not hire contractors who suggest it will save time or money to avoid the permit and inspection process.
Our Contractor Licensing program offers two ways to check a Johnson County contractor’s license status. One is by calling 913-715-2233. Although staff cannot recommend contractors, they will be happy to verify the status of any license.
The other way to check a contractor’s license status is using the licensed contractor search feature on the program’s webpage that’s accessible through the county’s website at jocogov.org.
In selecting a contractor, Consumer Reports offers a few tips for getting the right deal regarding home improvements:
Any suspicious activity involving possible scams or home repair fraud should be reported to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division at 913-715-3003. Valuable information is accessible at da.jocogov.org.