Licensing Requirements for the State of Pennsylvania
Low-Voltage/Limited-Energy License: A statewide license is not required to perform work on low voltage limited
Electrician: Local/municipal level.
Electrical Contractor: Local/municipal level.
Pennsylvania's Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act
Pennsylvania recently enacted the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA), which requires contractors to register with the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Pennsylvania Attorney General (the Bureau) and mandates the form and content of contracts.
HICPA provides a consumer protections above and beyond those set forth in Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection law. While HICPA was created to protect consumers from unscrupulous contractors and scam artists, it also places significant burdens, costs and restrictions on every contractor. HICPA will go into effect on July 1, 2009, and all contractors must be prepared to bring their contracts into compliance and to register with the Bureau. Proper legal advice can be critical to ensure contractor compliance.
Who Does HICPA Apply To? HICPA applies to contractors doing over $5,000 of home improvement business annually. "Home improvement" is defined broadly.