Any contractor that wants you to procure the permit for their work should be a red flag for you.
The reasons a contractor would want you to pull the permit could be:
They are working out of there licensing guidelines set forth by the state.
They do not have or cannot get a license. (i.e.- previously revoked for a multitude of reasons, have not passed or taken the state testing process).
Even though price is important these days, saving money by dealing with these type of contractors should be considered a risk at a minimum or even worse life threatening.
Here is an article from Chesterfield Co about a contractor that has not pulled a Permit for work performed.
For Immediate Release
Virginia Air Mechanical Generators Installation May Pose Risk
Date: January 05, 2012
Department: Public Affairs
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA –The Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection has become aware of several instances in which local contractor Virginia Air Mechanical has installed gas-fired whole-house generators at residences in the county in a dangerous manner such that they present a hazard and substantial risk of property damage or serious personal injury to homeowners.
Inspectors have discovered electrical work that poses significant risk of electrocution, and propane gas installation defects that create a threat of fire and/or explosion. Building Inspection officials warn homeowners who have had work performed by the company not to use their generators until they are inspected for safety.
The county has requested records or information from Virginia Air Mechanical to identify all the locations where such work was performed so that the installations can be reviewed and inspected to determine if they are safe, but Virginia Air Mechanical has failed to provide that information despite several requests over the past two months. Because permits were not obtained, the Building Inspection Department has no records through which it can contact these homeowners directly.
Chesterfield County is seeking a court-ordered injunction against Virginia Air Mechanical in an effort to obtain information about the location of gas-fired whole-house generators installed by the company. The injunction also would prevent the company from doing any work in the county pending further investigation of the company’s practices.
Virginia Air Mechanical was a trading name for Virginia Air Ducts, LLC. The owner of the company has advised that Virginia Air Mechanical has gone out of business and Building Inspection personnel have confirmed that Virginia Air Mechanical no longer has a state contractor’s license. The owner has provided the Building Inspection Department with a letter transferring all of Virginia Air Mechanical’s outstanding building permits to a new company, Superior Mechanical Services, LLC.
Anyone who has had work performed by Virginia Air Mechanical is urged to contact the Department of Building Inspection’s Citizens Assistance line at 748-1779 immediately.
Articles origin- http://www.chesterfield.gov/bi/