Contractor Violation Rules May Finally Get A Break in Washington

On March 23, 2010 by

Over the past few years, a joint legislative task force on the underground construction economy has been responsible for a number of changes to the Washington contractor licensing statutes, and all of these changes had made the laws more strict and aggressive against parties performing construction work without a license.

A new bill in the Washington legislature is recommended by the same task force, but this one may finally give the underground construction economy a break (although the bill will tighten areas of regulation as well).

Introduced by Representative Steve Conway, this bill would allow a fine imposed against an unregistered contractor to be reduced if the contractor registers for an approved training course within 10 days of being notified of the infraction.  Notice some key terms:  “reduced” and not eliminated, and “may” and not shall.

But, for those operating without a license, or those who are operating and just don’t know they need a license…this bill could provide them with a break to allow the violating party to get legal.

Other components of the bill are not as violator friendly.     Read the full text of the bill here.

This article was originally posted on Wolfe Law Group’s topic-specific Northwest Construction Law Blog.

On Mar 23, 2010