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The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act

This law has been in effect since July 1, 2009. It requires all home improvement contractors that work in Pennsylvania to be registered with the state Attorney General's office. Consumers can check to see if a specific contractor is registered by visiting the Attorney General's Home Improvement Contractor website.

While the law requires contractors to register with the Attorney General's office, this registration is not an endorsement of their honesty or quality of work.  For this reason, we always recommend doing business with a PBA member. Members of the Pennsylvania Builders Association are established contractors/remodelers and are truly invested in their profession. Find your local builders association here. Your local association can provide you with a list of qualified and reputable contractors in your area.

Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act

PBA wants to make sure that members have access to the resources they need to comply with this law. Home improvement contractors are expected to register every 2 years through the Attorney General. The cost is $50.

Who must register?
 Any person who owns and operates a home improvement business or performs home improvements and their total cash value of home improvements in the previous taxable year is $5,000 or more. Subcontractors who perform home improvements must register as well, even if they are paid by a general contractor and do not enter into a contract with a homeowner. Subcontractors do not need to register if they only work for new home builders.

How does the law define home improvement? In the state law, home improvement clearly excludes new home construction and is defined as the repair, replacement, remodeling of a private residence and construction, replacement and installation on the land adjacent to said property where all work agreed upon is more than $500 including repair, replacement, remodeling, demolition, removal, renovation, installation, alteration, conversion, modernization, improvement, rehabilitation or sandblasting, construction, replacement, installation or improvement of driveways, swimming pools, pool houses, porches, garages, roofs, siding, insulation, solar energy systems, security systems, flooring, patios, fences, gazebos, sheds, cabanas, landscaping of a type that is not excluded under paragraph (2) (vi) of the law, painting, doors and windows and waterproofing, without regard to affixation, the installation of central heating or air conditioning or storm windows or awnings.

Who is excluded from the law? Contractors who exclusively build new homes, commercial builders, and builders who only work on local, state and federal government construction projects.

For detailed information about the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Action, click here.

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