by Dan Fritschen
In Blue Springs, Missouri, remodeling contractors must have a current Occupational License with the City of Blue Springs to do home remodeling work, according to http://www.bluespringsgov.com
In some cities and regions it is an option to use a licensed contractor and in other places it is not required. While using a licensed remodeling contractor does not guarantee that they will do better work than an unlicensed contractor, it does demonstrate that they have taken the time to go the extra mile and be better prepared for operating their remodeling business.
It is also common to have different licenses for different specialties – like electricians, plumbers, roofers and others may have a different license than, say, a general remodeling contractor.
Remodeling or building a bathroom or kitchen often requires a variety of skilled trades people – plumbers, electricians, carpenters, tile installers, etc.
In Blue Springs, Missouri, there is no limit on how much deposit a contractor can be given.
Permits are required for:
- residential building additions
- residential driveway additions
- residential lawn sprinkler systems
- detached garages or car ports
- decks with platform level over 30”
- storage sheds over 250 square feet
In Blue Springs, Missouri, a property owner may personally perform lead abatement activities on a dwelling they own without being licensed as a lead abatement professional unless the dwelling is occupied by a person or persons other than the owner or the owners immediate family and no elevated blood lead level child (EBL) has been identified as an occupant in the building. If the dwelling is unoccupied (i.e. not under a lease agreement) the owner may also personally conduct lead abatement activities without being licensed. “Personally perform” means the owner himself. This does not include friends, relatives and employees of the owner. The owner should consult with the Lead Licensing Program to protect their own health and anyone who may be on site after work is complete, according to http://health.mo.gov/safety/leadlicensing/faqs.php
According to http://www.dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2157.pdf, for homeowners in Blue Springs, Missouri, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources warns that even though privately owned residential buildings of fewer than four housing units are not subject to regulation, it does not reduce the threat that asbestos fibers pose, and they recommended that professionals are hired to inspect the facility and for all abatement. All Missouri-licensed contractors are trained in the proper disposal of asbestos, so it is advised that homeowners engage the services of a professional.
This article is for informational purposes only and summarizes information from a variety of sources for the consumer’s convenience. As a summary, it should used for reference only – check with the referenced sources for the latest information and rules before making any decisions regarding remodeling.