Chicago, IL

Contractor licensing in Chicago is regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. There are 14,548 licensed contractors based in Chicago and many more licensed contractors in the metropolitan area who are available to work in Chicago. On average, a contractor in Chicago has received a 3.8 out of 5 rating from clients. We’ve analyzed and ranked each for your convenience - you can browse the top-rated using the links below.

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14,548
contractors in Chicago
668K
projects in Chicago
$30K
avg. project value
Chicago, IL - By the numbers
85%
permit activity
since last year
83%
permit activity
vs 11-year average
Remodeling and construction in Chicago is regulated by the Chicago Department of Buildings. According to them, there were 10,296 permitted improvements completed in Chicago in 2015, which represents a decrease of 85% over the previous year and 83% decrease over the 11-year average for the city.
BEFORE YOU HIRE
Here are some of the rules, regulations, and laws governing contractors in Illinois

When do you need to hire a licensed contractor in Illinois?

The State of Illinois does not require a Home Improvement Contractor License at the state level. However, if your business is providing home improvement services in IL, you may be required to obtain a Home Improvement Contractor License at the local level or comply with other licensing laws at the state or local level.

How important is contractor licensing in Illinois?

Although Illinois does not require contractors to be licensed, check local regulations as certain jurisdictions may require licensing on a local level.

Your liability risk when hiring a licensed contractor in Illinois

General Contractors in Illinois are not required to carry general liability insurance. It is always a good practice to only hire contractors with active liability and workers' compensation insurance policies. Request a copy of each certificate for your records before the project starts.

Financial recourse when hiring a contractor in Illinois

Illinois requires roofing contractors to obtain a surety bond. Home owners may file a claim to recoup money in the event of faulty work, or damages to their property incurred during a roof project.

What else should I know before hiring a contractor in Illinois?

Illinois on the state level, has minimal regulations governing contractor licensing, in turn, consumers should be vigilant when hiring contractors, check on BuildZoom for customer reviews, and permit history as indicators of quality businesses. Check with local licensing authorities as some jurisdictions will require contractors to be licensed.

How is the BuildZoom score calculated?

The BuildZoom score is based on a number of factors including the contractor's license status, insurance status, verified work history, standing with local consumer interest groups, verified reviews from other BuildZoom users and self-reported feedback from the contractor.

Why you should hire through BuildZoom

When it comes to major construction work or even minor alterations to your home, hiring the wrong contractor could result in incomplete or defective work. You may even find yourself dealing with huge liability claims. BuildZoom does the homework for you and helps you hire the right contractor.

You should get several bids before hiring a contractor

Before hiring a contractor in Illinois, be sure to get at least 3 detailed bids. Quality contractors will take the time to explain their budget proposal, and help guide you through the estimate process. Be wary of an abnormally low bid, they are not worth the risk. These underpriced projects often do not end well for the homeowner, choose a contractor you trust and can clearly communicate with. BuildZoom has made the bid collection process extremely simple (and free). Just click here to get started.