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Question DetailsAsked on 9/1/2017

How do I filter this list so I can find contractors who are licensed to work in DC?

There are contractors that won't do work in DC period.
Then there are contractors who say they do work in DC but then back off when they realize they would need to get permit and aren't licensed in DC.

I need to filter it to find contractors who want to work in DC and are licensed to work in DC

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You are absolutely right about some shying away from DC work as a matter of principle - from my past experience on some jobs there the regulations are oppressive, and the building and inspection departments and utilities seem to take pleasure in going out of their way to be obnoxious and difficult to please. - many times acting like third-world country bureaurocrats like they are expecting a bribe to do the job they are paid (or overpaid) to do. But think about all the advantages of living there - being in close proximity to all those politicians, the wonderful cost of living, etc.

Sorry - while contractors on AL are supposed to be licensed (and bonded and insured as required) to work where they advertise for, no way to actually screen by that other than first putting in your specific zip code and a narrow search radius in the category search to limit the area of the search, then checking the profile pages for the contractors that come up under that category to see if they specifically say they work in DC - or screen the list by your zip code per above, then after sorting by ratings/reviews to get a short-list of good looking ones, start calling around about whether they are licensed and actually do work in DC.

Here is a site where you can find (links in first paragraph) electrical, plumbing, and HVAC licensee lists - but evidently to get the lists ofr other contractor types (Home Improvement and such) from DC government you have to send a request list and pay for it in printed or eMail form - that is what you call a consumer-friendly government, but no surprise there.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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