Search by service area and experience

Shovels helps climate tech companies create installer networks based on their building electrification expertise and their service area, not their business address. Our contractor recommendations are not influenced by commissions or pay-per-lead fees.

Shovels building permit API

We do things differently

The other guys (Thumbtack, HomeAdvisor, Houzz, BuildZoom) have financial relationships with the contractors they recommend. We don't make money from referrals.

The other find contractors based on their business address. We use building permits to return results by where they work.We search their service areas.

Our recommendations are driven purely by the data.

Unbiased recommendations

We follow the data. So should you. Our rankings are not influenced by commissions or fees of any kind.

Ratings by permit type

Shovels is the only contractor directory that rates contractors by the types of permits they've worked on.

Data-driven by inspection data

Shovels is the only building contractor directory that calculates an inspection pass rate to objectively assess quality.

Construction speed

Shovels is the only building contractor directory that calculates how long a permit took to complete and uses that data to rate contractors.

API and Data Feed

We offer our entire contractor directory as an API or data feed. Incorporate it into your own directory. Build on top of it. Make it even better.

Project performance predictions

Shovels incorporates weather, topography, and census data to find other factors that influence building contractor success.

Shovels building permit API
Constantly refreshed

There's nothing static about construction data. Shovels constantly refreshes contractor ratings and reviews to remain accurate.


We have access to permits in over 2,000 jurisdictions, covering 80% of the US population. Coverage is especially strong in major metro areas.