I had responded a few weeks ago to a thread concerning licensing and gave my view that licensing is just a money grab by the government. I was dished a bit of reality yesterday that's a bit hard to stomach. I started a job yesterday in a neighboring county where I hadn't done work before. I wasn't there for 2 hours before a truck with a County Seal on the door pulled up. A guy gets out and flashes me an inspector's badge, he's from consumer affairs. He wants to see my County contractor's license. My response was "Huh?" We don't have any licensing requirements where I live and operate. He wasn't amused and stated County law requires me to have a contractor's license to work within the county. He went on to say that I could continue to work and this could all be cleared up by applying for the license. I asked what qualifications I would have to meet, he answered proof of insurance and a checkbook, to the tune of $250. There is no test of competency, or job inspections to prove quality of work, they just want my money. I explained this was a small job, I would be done in a few days and that I didn't have that money in the job, but he wasn't interested. I was also issued a summons and warned that non-compliance could result in a $5000 fine and a year behind bars. What drove me even more nuts was that 3 gypsy lawn mowers drove by us while we were talking and they didn't concern him at all. It seems they only target legitimate businesses that allready follow the rules, not the ones who are uninsured and pay no taxes. Is not something wrong here???