City of Racine Housing Repair Program

City of Racine Department of City Development

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Get Certified As a Qualified Contractor

Get Certified As a Qualified Contractor

Homeowners and landlords who are approved for a housing loan by the City of Racine hire Qualified Contractors to perform work needed on their property. The City maintains a list of Qualified Contractors that receive notice to bid on housing rehabilitation work. If a contractor chooses to bid on the work, the City assists the property owner in assessing the bids and allows the owner to select the contractor(s) to perform the work. Contractors are hired and contract directly with the property owner.

Qualified Contractors eligible to bid on City-financed rehabilitation work need to be licensed by trade, hold insurance, and have a good work record. Many jobs require certification as a Lead-Safe Renovator.

The City of Racine renovation bids may include: 

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Lead Abatement*
  • Roofing
  • Insulation*
  • Framing/ rough finish carpentry
  • Siding*
  • Window/door replacement*
  • Foundation repair
  • Masonry
  • Flooring installation
  • Kitchen cabinet installation
  • Painting*
  • Concrete work

*Requires lead certification

Please note that The City of Racine Qualified Contractors list is not an independent license or trade certification and is not intended to serve as a reference for all housing work. Property owners researching contractors for private home repair or remodel should search Angie’s List or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to find a Certified Lead Company

Who Qualifies?

To become eligible to bid on City-financed rehabilitation, contractors must:

Be trade-certified to the standard set by the State of Wisconsin Chapter SPS 305 (Licenses, Certifications and Registrations) and, where applicable, Chapter DHS 163 (Certification for the Identification, Removal And Reduction Of Lead−Based Paint Hazards)
Hold worker’s compensation insurance as required by Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 102, general liability and property damage insurance, and comprehensive automobile liability and property damage insurance.
Be current on all property and income tax and owe no fines/payments to the City of Racine
Free of current judgements and liens, debarment, and/or current litigation related to the trade
Be free of felonies directly related to contracting, fraud, or other crimes directly related to the work performed, honesty, or safety of the homeowner
By free of citations from the Building Inspection division of the City of Racine
Free of conflicts of interest between the property owner or the City of Racine

Property owners are not eligible to bid on their own work or be their own contractor, or be paid for any work from City loan funds.

City housing staff will review contractor references and cases/complaints made to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to help ensure contractors on the Qualified Contractors list have a good record of work.

Equal Opportunity

The City of Racine is subject to the requirement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1974. Loan applicants and contractors shall be made aware of and not discriminate upon the basis of sex, race, creed, color, class, national origin, or ancestry.

Minority and women-owned businesses are especially encouraged to apply. Businesses or individuals who qualify as a federal Section 3 Business should notify Neighborhood Services Division staff to become qualified within the City of Racine.

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