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Posted on: October 27, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Contractor or DIY home projects may require permit


October 27, 2016

Contractors or DIY home projects need City permits
Registration also necessary for contractors

MURPHY (October 27, 2016) Contractors who provide construction or remodeling services to residents and businesses in Murphy must register with the City and provide proof of liability insurance.

“In addition, most of these projects, whether completed by a contractor or the homeowner, require a permit,” says Candy McQuiston, Customer Service Manager. “The processes for contractor registration and permitting are not complicated and take only a short while. Not doing so, however, can result in negative consequences.”

Contractors wishing to conduct business in Murphy must register annually. Among the requirements for registration are a photo ID, proof of liability insurance, along with copies of state-issued licenses. Only the license holder can represent the applying contractor, and he or she must appear in person.

Permits from the City are required when building, remodeling or enlarging a building and when completing other improvements to a property. Cosmetic projects like painting, wallpapering, carpeting, cabinets, and trim work do not require permits. If electrical or plumbing fixtures are replaced on existing wiring or plumbing, a permit is not required.

“Residents bear the responsibility of ensuring that contractors are registered and that the appropriate permits are obtained,” said McQuiston. “This is for the protection of the consumer, since a contractor who is not registered may be operating without the proper level of insurance or without the necessary licenses. These are red flags that the consumer should always pay attention to.”

The City provides a list of projects for which a permit is required at Questions can be directed to the Customer Service Department at or by calling (972) 468-4100.


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