Hiring a Building Contractor

 

If you are hiring a contractor you should know the following information about licensing requirements for contractors. As always use good consumer sense and ask for references. Prince William County requires all persons performing contracting work to be properly licensed. 

Always ask for a signed contract which clearly states:

  • What work will be done
  • The price of the job to be completed
  • How much of a down payment is required
  • When the work will begin
  • Expected date of completion

Consider scheduled payments to the contractor based on approvals given by County Inspectors at each phase of the project. 

If you decide to hire a contractor, ask to see a contractor's license. It is a wallet-size card. Write the number of the license down and call the following numbers to verify the validity of the license, whether it has been revoked, or if there have been complaints against the contractor in the past.

Required Prince William County Contractor Licenses:

1. All residential work performed up to $1,000 per job:

  • Prince William County Home Improvement Contractor's license
  • Posting a $10,000 bond
  • Prince William County Business License

2. All work performed between $1,000 and $10,000 per job:

  • Virginia State Class 'C' License
  • Prince William County Home Improvement Contractor's license, if the work is residential  
  • Posting a $10,000 bond if the work is residential 
  • Prince William County Business license

3. All work performed between $10,000 and $120,000 per job:

  • Virginia State Class 'B' License
  • Prince William County Business License

4. All work performed that is more than $120,000 per job:

  • Virginia State Class 'A' License
  • Prince William County Business License

See the Contractor Licensing Information handout and the Home Improvement Contractor Licenses Web page for more information.

If you have complaints about the contractor during the project or at its end, visit Dispute with Building Contractors.