Homebuilders And Remodelers Must Have State License

Home Builders Licensure Board cautions homeowners of the potential for scams, fraud and price gouging during post-storm damage cleanup, repair, and rebuilding.  The Board warns Alabamians to be on the lookout for fraud as they hire contractors to repair storm damage and purchase needed items.

The Home Builders Licensure Board encourages homeowners to use only licensed home builders and roofers and to avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous operators.

A state issued homebuilders license is required when the cost of the job exceeds $10,000. However, consumers are encouraged to seek out licensees of the Board even if the scope of the work is less than $10,000.  A roofers license is required if the works is simply replacing a storm-damaged roof and the cost of the job exceeds $2,500.  Executive Director, J.R. “Chip” Carden, cautions homeowners, who experience storm damage and emphasizes the importance of the consumer knowing about the potential problems of contracting with unlicensed homebuilders. “Do your homework,” Carden advises. “Call any references the builder gives you and check with the Board to confirm if a builder is licensed and in good standing. Don’t be in a rush. A bad decision now can make a difficult situation even worse.”

The Home Builders Licensure Board outlines steps consumers should take when hiring a contractor.

  • Ask if they are licensed. Ask to see the card! The HBLB license is a paper or digital, credit card-sized license. Consumers can check on licensure status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting
  • Ask for and check references, especially if the builder makes unsolicited contact with you or is from out-of-town.
  • Make sure quotes and contracts are in writing. Under state law, licensed homebuilders must use a written contract. Make sure it includes the contractor’s full name, address, telephone number, a description of the work to be performed, starting and estimated completion dates, and the total cost of the job.

Executive Director Chip Carden encourages residents, “to be cautious and patient. Work with your insurance company, check to make sure contractors are licensed, ask a lot of questions, and if you believe a contractor is not in the area for the right reasons, call law enforcement.” “You may report concerns of alleged fraud or price gouging to the Attorney General’s Office for investigation. To fill out a complaint online, visit and look for the “consumer complaint” link. You may also dial our Consumer Interest Division toll-free, 1-800-392-5658.”

For information about home repair licensing and potential fraud, contact the Home Builders Licensure Board, 445 Herron Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, (334) 242-2230 or 1-800-304-0853 or