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Yes, provided the contractor's license has not previously been suspended. The contractor will be required to obtain a license prior to a permit being issued or performing exterior painting or landscaping.
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View instructions for how contractors can become licensed with the City.
View the City's database of licensed contractors.
Unfortunately, no. This would be a conflict of interest and is prohibited by the State. There are however several resources available to you as a Shaker resident:
Remember any contractor performing work that requires a permit, exterior painting, landscaping, or hot work activity is required to be registered with the City. The list of currently licensed contractors can be accessed here.
No. The City requires contractors to meet certain insurance, bond, and Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board requirements based on the type of contractor license.
Your relationship with the contractor is a contractual one. Violation of the contract should be referred to the police or an attorney. While the Building Department will pursue code violations a contractor may commit, violation of a contract is outside the Department's jurisdiction. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs also provides resources and assistance for County residents with complaints against businesses, including contractors.
Limits of Bodily Injury Liability Insurance are not less than $500,000/$1,000,000 or $2,000,000 aggregate. Property Damage Liability Insurance is not less than $50,000.