The Importance of Hiring a Licensed and Bonded Utility Contractor

If you own, operate, or manage residential, commercial, or industrial property in New England, it’s incredibly important that you only hire a licensed and bonded utility contractor that’s approved to work in your town, city, or municipality. This is due to the fact that only licensed, bonded, and approved utility contractors are allowed to pull the necessary permits in order to perform water, sewer, and drainage projects. This is actually a positive aspect that was put in place to protect consumers from unscrupulous, fly by night utility contractors. The bottom line is that permits weed out the bad apples, and ensure that the work is done properly

So, how does the permitting process work? The utility contractor must file an application with the city or town in which the water, sewer and or drainage project is to be done. The application contains specific details about the project and the contracting business. For example, the application will require the utility contractor to put how many years they’ve been in business in writing. The utility contractor must also state how many years they’ve been in the water, sewer, and drainage industry, along with a full reference list of previous customers.

The utility contractor also needs to provide proof of insurance, proof of bonding, and employee licensure in the field to name a few details. Once again, only approved, licensed and bonded utility contractors are allowed to pull permits with cities and towns across New England. The same holds true for public work municipalities. In essence, the utility contractor must be approved by the municipality and or select city or town members who represent the municipality. That means unlicensed public utility contractors are not allowed to pull permits.

The bottom line is that the law does not allow unlicensed utility contractors to work on any water, sewer, or drainage projects. If you own, operate, or manage a property where work is performed by an unlicensed utility contractor it will result in fines, and future issues. In some cases, the work must be demolished or excavated and you will need to start from scratch by having the work replaced by  a licensed and bonded utility contractor. That will cause out of pocket expenses for the property owner.

For example, insurance typically does not cover the fines, the demolition, or the excavation needed to remove the work that was performed by the unlicensed utility contractor. In addition, if you’re selling your home, commercial, or industrial property and had water, sewer, and or drainage work done by an unlicensed utility contractor that failed to pull the property permits it may very well hold up the sale of your property. The good news is that you don’t need to take any unnecessary chances. You certainly don’t need to worry about anything coming back to haunt you.

Simply hire an approved, licensed, and bonded utility contractor for any water, sewer and or drainage project being performed on your residential, commercial, or industrial property.  Licensed contractors are required to meet city/town specifications when installing a project. In essence, their work is both documented and inspected by the proper authorities.

Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is a fully licensed and bonded utility contractor that has the ability to pull the proper permits in municipalities across New England. If you have any questions about our  services, or would like to schedule an appointment we are happy to help. Please contact us today! Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for a vast variety of environmentally related services. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952.

Please Contact us to learn more today. Environmental related issues occur all of the time, and can strike at any time. That is exactly why you need to have a local and reliable environmental services company at the helm and ready to go whenever you actually need them.

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