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Hire a licensed contractor for home repairs

As home repair projects begin to heat up this summer, Johnson County Government reminds residents to be careful about whom they hire for contracted work.

Johnson County’s Contractor Licensing program provides up-to-date contractor listings and training on contractor codes.

“One of the many reasons the program was established was to assist county residents to hire licensed service providers,” said Russell Thornburg, manager of the Contractor Licensing program. “We do that by assuring those undertaking the construction, alteration, repair or demolition of structures are qualified to perform such services in Johnson County.”

The Contractor Licensing program is responsible for issuing and tracking 10 types of construction contractor licenses. In doing so, the program establishes and maintains minimum standards for licensing contractors and provides continuing education to enhance contractor knowledge of building codes. The program teaches contractors local, national and international building codes.

The program provides a list of contractors by their license type, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, roofing, framing, 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. The program does not regulate contracting or work-quality matters.

The Contractor Licensing program offers two ways to check a Johnson County contractor license status.

First, call 913-715-2233, and although staff cannot recommend contractors, they will verify the status of any license. Residents may also check a contractor’s license status by using the licensed contractor search feature on the program’s webpage, accessible through the county’s website.

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. More information is available at da.jocogov.org.