The City of Framingham published this on its website today, July 8.
The City of Framingham’s Department of Public Works and Police Department have been notified about several occurrences with a non-licensed solicitor/company offering “discounted” driveway paving work.
The solicitor/company offers paving services at a discounted rate, claiming the job can be completed that day with their leftover hot top mix. Residents who have hired this non-licensed solicitor have stated that the company offers no contact information or written contract and requests cash/check upon completion of work.
Unfortunately, several residents have hired this company, which has resulted in substandard work that was not legally permitted and is non-compliant with the City’s construction standards. This solicitor/company is NOT insured, bonded, or licensed with the Framingham Public Works Department, which is required for anyone performing excavations or paving in the public right-of-way.
“We do not have the company name,” said DPW Spokesperson Allyssa Jewell. “As was referenced in the communication, “residents who have hired this non-licensed solicitor have stated that the company offers no contact information or written contract and requests cash/check upon completion of work.”
If you have been solicited for discounted paving, please notify the Framingham Department of Public Works at 508-532-6010.
As a reminder, the City’s Licensing Office MUST approve anyone soliciting in Framingham.
A hawkers/peddler license with a Photo ID must be issued by the Framingham Police Department and be visible at all times.
Always perform due diligence when selecting a contractor for any work at your home, including driveway paving! Before starting any project with a contractor, remember to:
- Check their references and licensure/qualifications
- Ask for a copy of their insurance
- Have a contract in place – Massachusetts law requires work above $1,000 must have a written contract with certain provisions: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/guidelines-and-information-for-contractors
- Inquire with the Building Department and/or Public Works Department to learn about permitting and inspection requirements
- Ask your contractor for a copy of their permit(s) before work commences
Remember, this is your home! You do not need to listen to any sales pitch, and you never have to open your door for someone you do not know or engage with any salesperson.