Do I need to be a registered or licensed contractor to do work on my own dwelling?

RI General Law 23-27.3-113.3.2 requires a contractor to be registered prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit.

RI General Law 23-27.3-113.31 requires a person to be licensed prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit for plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm work.

Both sections of the RI General Law have a provision that the owner/occupant of a single family dwelling may obtain permits for all work being completed by them on their residence without the need for a contractors registration or professional trade license.

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1. Do I need a permit?
2. Why do I need a permit?
3. How do I apply for a permit?
4. How do I schedule an Inspection?
5. What are the requirements for Commericial, New Contruction or Substantial Improvements?
6. What are the requirements for a Change of Use?
7. What is the permit review process?
8. How long does it take to get a permit?
9. What is the procedure with permits?
10. What code does North Kingstown follow?
11. What is the cost of a permit?
12. Where can I find information about permitted uses, zoning, set-backs, etc.?
13. Where can I find information about my septic system?
14. Where can I find information about the change of use and or tenancy of an existing building?
15. Where can I find the permit history for property?
16. Where can I find information about locating a new business in town?
17. Do I need to be a registered or licensed contractor to do work on my own dwelling?
18. What do I do if I feel that I can not comply with building code requirements?