How does a contractor get licensed?

To become licensed, contractors must fill out our contractor’s license application form. They must also provide a certificate of insurance showing general liability and proof of workman’s compensation (if they are required by state law to carry it). They must also provide a $10,000 surety bond in the name of the Village of Riverside. There is a $100 fee for a contractor’s license, and they are valid for one year from the date of issue.

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1. Do I need a permit?
2. Are there exceptions for when I need a permit?
3. How do I apply for a permit?
4. Who should apply for a permit - the owner or contractor?
5. I’m doing the work myself. Do I still need a permit?
6. What if my relative is going to help me do a job?
7. What happens if I don’t get a permit?
8. Does the Community Development Department recommend contractors?
9. Does the Community Development Department have a list of contractors that I can view?
10. How does a contractor get licensed?
11. How long does it take to get a permit?
12. How far in advance should I apply for a permit?
13. How much does a permit cost, and when do I pay for it?
14. How long are permits valid for?
15. What are construction hours?
16. Are inspections required?
17. What do I do when my job is complete?
18. What is the normal process of getting a building permit?
19. Which building codes does the Village enforce?
20. What are the requirements for different types of projects?