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Question DetailsAsked on 11/1/2014

Do a general contractor need license in Maryland

I want the general contractor to remove a wall which includes removing and adding electrical outlets. Painting, installing a ceramic floor and refinishing wood floors. I am not so much concerned about these later jobs as I am the removal of a wall.

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Amazingly enough, in general (no pun intended) no they do not. Only contractors doing electrical, plumbing, HVACR (the R is for refrigeration), or home improvement projects have to be licensed.

In your case the electrical contractor would have to be done by a licensed electrical contractor, and the general contractor would have to have a Home Improvement contractor's license.

If you are concerned about the advisability of removing a wall, or that replacement support is being done correctly, then a Structural Engineer is the person to advise on that - typically about $250-500 range for a site visit and a "letter plan" - basically a letter with simple plan or sketch showing what needs to be done to support the area correctly. It is likely you will need that anyway to get a building permit, in most more urban areas anyway.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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