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Home Improvement Bill of Rights



The Nevada State Contractors Board reminds you to exercise your rights and responsibilities when making home improvements. As a Nevada homeowner, you have the following rights when working with contractors:

Hiring a Contractor:

  • You have the right to hire only licensed contractors and to check the license through the Nevada State Contractors Board at www.nscb.state.nv.us
  • You have the right to examine a contractor’s past work and to check references
  • You have the right to get at least three bids from licensed contractors before hiring a contractor

Project Payments

  • You have the right to make payments as work is completed
  • You have the right not to pay cash for home improvement projects
  • You have the right to withhold a final payment until the work agreed upon in the contract is completed

Project Paperwork

  • You have the right to require that the contract include one project price, which includes all labor and materials
  • You have the right to negotiate a clear contract that includes a written payment schedule and completion date
  • You have the right to review the contract and only sign it when you understand the terms
  • You have the right to require your contractor to obtain a building permit for your project

Consumer Responsibilities

As a consumer, you have these rights, but you also have the responsibility to properly plan and manage your project and insist on your rights

Homeowner’s Rights Checklist

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities


  • Hire only licensed contractors
  • Ask to see the contractor’s official NSCB pocket card
  • Get at least three written bids from licensed contractors
  • Verify that all bids are for the same scope of work
  • Check contractor’s status with the
    Nevada State Contractors Board at
  • Ask for references and follow up by inspecting the contractor’s completed work

The Contract

  • Negotiate a clear and complete written contract
  • Insist on specific written descriptions
  • Look for: (not all of these items are required)
    • One price for the work to be done
    • Contractor’s license number and monetary limit
    • Specific descriptions of work to be done and materials to be used
    • Start and completion dates
    • An agreement that the contractor will obtain building permits
    • A payment schedule including the down payment amount
    • A “Notices to Owner” regarding lien laws and the Residential Recovery Fund
    • A notice that the contractor carries commercial general liability insurance and the carrier.
  • Insist that all changes, additions and deletions to the contract are in writing
  • Create a job management file and keep the written contract, change orders, payment records and all other documents in it


  • Pay as work is completed according to the contract schedule
  • Don’t let payments get ahead of the work
  • Avoid cash payments

Subcontractors and Liens

  • Make a list of all subcontractors and check their licenses with the NCSB
  • Get lien releases signed by all subcontractors & material suppliers
  • Keep a record of all material deliveries, dates & progress of work

Nevada State Contractors Board Locations

Southern Nevada:

Address: 8400 West Sunset Road, Suitte 150
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Phone: (702) 486-1100
Fax: (702) 486-1190

Northern Nevada:

Address: 5390 Kietzke Lane, Ste 102
Reno, NV 89511
Phone:(775) 688-1141
Fax:(775) 688-1271

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm