Minneapolis Regulatory Services officials are reminding property owners who experienced property damage from the storm to hire only licensed tree service companies and building contractors. The City and State make it easy for you to find out if a company has the proper licenses.
Tree contractors - It’s important to make sure the tree company you use is licensed, because unlicensed companies may not be insured for damage they might cause to your property, and their workers may not be properly trained to protect themselves and your property from damage. Here are some things residents should know when choosing a tree company:
- To find out if a tree service contractor is licensed in Minneapolis, visit Licensed Tree Servicing or call 311. To confirm the status of a new licensee or to file a complaint, call 311.
- A licensed contractor must submit a copy of a written estimate to the property owner for approval prior to any work to be performed.
- Licensed Tree Service contractors have marked vehicles and display a City of Minneapolis license decal.
- Licensed Tree Service contractors maintain insurance in the event of damage to your property, your neighbors’ property, or if anyone is injured on the job site.
- In addition, the City requires that each tree service company hire at least one employee who has a current certification as an arborist or a college degree in urban forestry or arboriculture. This ensures the company is educated in plant health, pests and pathogen control, and other aspects of urban forestry.
Building contractors https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/licensing/licensing.aspx.
To confirm the license status of a licensee, or to file a complaint, please call 311 or the Business License Division at (612) 673-2080.
Resources for homeowners
If you have questions about your homeowner's insurance and needed rehab related to the storm damage, contact your insurance company or these local organizations:
- Center for Energy & Environment, (612) 335-5884
- Housing Resource Center North, (612) 588-3033
- Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis, (612) 521-3581
Published May 23, 2011