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Electrical Contractor Licensing in Pennsylvania- By City

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not license Electrical Contractors at the state-level.  Licensing is handled at the local-level, by the city or municipality in which the contractor chooses to work.

Before beginning work on an electrical project, it is important that contractors check local laws to determine what is required.  Some cities and municipalities require contractors to obtain a local license, registration or pass an exam.

Below is a brief explanation of the licensing and registration process for (more…)

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Reciprocal General Contractor Licensing in Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not hold reciprocal license agreements with other states for General Contractors.  This is because the licensing of General Contractors is not handled at the state-level.  General Contractors are licensed at the local-level in PA.

If a General Contractor from another state wants to conduct business in Pennsylvania, they must check with the local laws and ordinances of the city, county or municipality in which they plan to work.  Most cities require contractors to (more…)

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Pennsylvania General Contractor Regulations – By City

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not require General Contractors to hold a license from the state; however, a bill passed in 2009 requires all contractors to register with Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.  The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act states that any contractor performing work of $5,000 or more in a calendar year must complete an application and register with the Attorney General.

Contractors have the option of registering online or by mail.  When registering online, contractors receive a registration number and temporary certificate which allows them to begin contracting work.  There is a $50 nonrefundable registration fee, which is payable by credit card.  Additionally, contractors must prove that they hold injury and liability insurance worth $50,000 as well as $50,000 in property damage coverage.

To register online, please visit: (more…)