If you are starting a cleaning/maid service, you will need a license. Although the rules in your state may vary slightly, more than likely you will have to obtain a mercantile license. Mercantile licenses can be very affordable, therefore making it ideal for the struggling entrepreneur. But before one ventures off into the world of cleaning, they should be familiar with the process of passing code inspection.
How to setup code inspection
Call city hall and ask the clerk for Code Enforcement. The Code Enforcement clerk will tell you to come in and fill out an application for the Department of Code Enforcement. The application will ask for:
- The owners name/ personal
- The type of business/purpose
- The owner of the property
- Business address
- Emergency contacts
Considering that all the information is correct. The clerk will take the application and give it to the Code Enforcement Officer. After Code Enforcement reviews your application, he/she will set a date to inspect the premises.
What do you mean “inspect”?
The Code Enforcement inspector is only looking for a clean, safe workplace, and an office area where you would do paperwork. The workplace would be a designated space or office where you keep your equipment. It doesn’t have to be large, but it does have to be clean. A small room or area in the garage is perfect, especially, if you could fit a desk in it. In addition, the smoke detectors must be up-to-date, because he will check them. He will also make sure any harmful chemicals are not in close proximity with family and pets. So be aware!
The office area will consist of a desk and computer/ledger and will be separate from your work area. The inspector will not look at paperwork, but he will make sure there is a professional, designated area. He may ask what computer programs you use for paperwork, just to see how established you are.
Bear in mind that Code Enforcement charges per inspection which means that if the work area is in a separate section of the house, you will be charged twice. That is the only downside about using the garage as a work area, yet totally understandable. Who keeps a computer in their garage?
The rest should be as easy as pie. The Officer of Code Enforcement will inspect the premises taking about 30 minutes to an hour of your time, and then he/she will tell you whether you passed or not. After the fee for the license is paid, you will receive your license in the mail. You will know it is authentic because it will have all of your business information and a gold seal. Congratulations, you passed!