How do I know if I'm dealing with a reputable contractor?
  • Are they licensed? Tennessee law requires that a general contractor or home improvement contractor be licensed. Ask to see a license certificate.
  • Do they have insurance? In most cases, state law requires that they carry workers compensation insurance. Ask to see their certificate of insurance.
  • Ask to see some identification. Be sure you know the correct name of the individual you are dealing with, their address, and telephone number(s).
  • Make absolutely sure they obtain the required building permits-and call for and pass the required codes inspections. Make sure the building permit is in hand before the work begins, and be sure you are furnished with a certificate of occupancy issued by the Building and Codes Department, before making a final payment.

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1. When do I need a building permit?
2. Where do I obtain an electrical permit?
3. What is the number for Tennessee One-Call?
4. How do I know if I'm dealing with a reputable contractor?
5. Where can I obtain a book that contains all building codes for City of Clarksville?
6. How do I get my property rezoned?
7. What are the required inspections for new construction?
8. How Long Is a Permit Valid?
9. Is it okay to remove the handrails from the steps?