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Consumer Protection

Massachusetts General Laws 142A, Section 2(a)(8)

requires that home improvement contractors and subcontractors register with the Director of Home Improvement Contractor Registration. You may inquire about contractor registration by writing to the Director at One Ashburton Place, Room 1301, Boston, MA 02108 or by calling 617-727-3200 or 1-800-223-0933.

You can also check for a current and valid Home Improvement Construction (HIC) License at the

Massachusetts Office of Public Safety

Search by registration number, company name, or city.


Other helpful and informative links

How to Avoid Home Improvement Scams - Consumer Reports

A Massachusetts Consumer Guide to Home Improvement


The Common Message

Be sure your home improvement contractor is fully licensed and fully insured

Check the company's registration status

Check the contractor's license status

Check with prior customers


A bargain isn't a bargain when you've paid for a job that's only partially completed.