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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by tnyblgn3, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. tnyblgn3

    tnyblgn3 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I have just bought a truck and a plow for my brother in-law’s factory parking lot. I got to thinking maybe I can make some extra money and didn’t want to limit myself to just that job and was wondering what type of documentation and credentials do I need to plow other business? (i.e.; license, insurance, bonded?) I have checked my city hall and they don’t seem to have any answers for me. Can anybody help?
    I live in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois
  2. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    you will need commercial snowplow insurance, and if you are doing commercial lots, IE. banks/food stores etc.... you will also want General Liability ins (for slip & falls etc....)
  3. tnyblgn3

    tnyblgn3 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    That simple? Just insurance? That’s sounds good can I get it through any insurance company like the common car insurance companies?
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Contact your agent and ask about Commercial Vehicle and General Liability policies. Check each town you're going to plow in for information on any permits needed to plow snow in that area. Find out laws pertaining to emergency lights for snowplows in your state.
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    It may seem simple.....till you get the rate the insurance co will charge you.
    Better make sure you don't take on too much work and tick people off by not getting their snow plowed.
    Good Luck. :salute:
  6. tnyblgn3

    tnyblgn3 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Got it, Thanks, I was told some horror stories about plows getting cited for 150 dollar fines, i can fend off local police usally cause i am one, but the city can still get me.
  7. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Police looking the other way when Police are doing wrong.... HHMMMMMMMMMMM...
  8. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Welcome to the Plowsite!
  9. tnyblgn3

    tnyblgn3 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Thats not what i ment, police officers use discretion when approaching an offender. They can cut anybody a break for anything i.e. speed, stop sign etc. Me myself being new i can prob get cut a few breaks here and there.
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I thought the laws were there for a reason. Guess it must be OK to break them "IF" you can. :dizzy: JMO
  11. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Can I break the law to?:jester::jester::jester:
  12. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    I see this thread going down the tube.....fast
  13. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    and it was going good too:alien:
  14. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    Now to get back on topic!:

    I have my ins through progressive (cheap, but you are locked into a mileage radius with your truck) ask for snow plowing & wood hauling:drinkup:
  15. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    Good luck on finding any more lots....

    There pretty much all signed up for the season.

    You could probably sub, or get some resis on top of your bro in laws lot.
  16. BGehl

    BGehl Member
    Messages: 89

    You may want to ask your at your town hall if they require anything. I had to pay a $45 fee and provide proof of insurance. In most places you can probably get away with it, but the folks at out town hall are known to be a little uptight.
  17. tnyblgn3

    tnyblgn3 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    thanks guys been really helpful, i actually got 3 lots right now two factories and one jiffy lube, lol well see how it goes, i still have yet to push any snow.