Do I need to be a registered or licensed contractor to do work on my own dwelling?

RI General Law 23-27.3-113.3.2 requires a contractor to be registered prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit.

RI General Law 23-27.3-113.31 requires a person to be licensed prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit for plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm work.

Both sections of the RI General Law have a provision that the owner/occupant of a single family dwelling may obtain permits for all work being completed by them on their residence without the need for a contractors registration or professional trade license.


 

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1. Do I need to be a registered or licensed contractor to do work on my own dwelling?
2. How long does it take to get a permit?
3. What code do I follow in North Kingstown?
4. What do I do if I feel that I can not comply with building code requirements?
5. What is the cost of a permit?