2006-02-08 / Front Page

State licensing contractors

The 2005 Georgia Legislature passed a law last year requiring all residential and general contractors in Georgia to be licensed. After July 1, 2007 it will be unlawful to practice as a contractor without a license.

Existing residential and general contractors now doing business may qualify for exemption from examination if they file applications for exemption by June 30, 2006.

The three types of licenses defined in the new law (O.C.G.A. 43-41-2) include:

Residential Basic Contractor contract work relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height;

Residential-Light Contractor same as residential basic, and additionally, such contractor work or activity related to multi-family and multi-use light commercial buildings and structures up to 25,000 square feet;

General Contractor services unlimited as to type of work contracted for or otherwise offered to perform, except as specified in Chapter 14 of the code.

The requirements which must be met by applicants include:  must 21 years old  submit bank reference letter  two years of proven experience

The law also provided for the creation of the Residential and General Contractors Board which was created July 1, 2005.

A notice distributed by the board stresses that it is the applicant's responsibility to become familiar with the provisions of the law, O.C.G.A. 43-41-1 through O.C.G.A. 43-41-17.

The notice also states that the board staff cannot advise applicants on which type of license is appropriate for them.

Applicants are encouraged to access information about the new licensing requirements at www.sos.state.ga.us/plb/contractors. The needed forms can also be downloaded at that site.

For additional information contact the Professional Licensing Board at 478-207-2440.

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