2007 -- H 6511 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
A N A C T
RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - CONTRACTORS REGISTRATION
Introduced By: Representatives Lima, Gallison, Melo, Wasylyk, and Moffitt
Date Introduced: June 12, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. The title of Chapter 5-65 of the General Laws entitled "Contractors'
Registration" is hereby amended to read as follows:
CONTRACTORS' REGISTRATION AND LICENSING BOARD
SECTION 2. Sections 5-65-1, 5-65-3, 5-65-5, 5-65-8, 5-65-9, 5-65-10, 5-65-14, 5-65-24,
5-65-25 and 5-65-26 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-65 entitled "Contractors' Registration" are
hereby amended to read as follows:
5-65-1. Definitions. -- As used in this chapter:
(1) "Board" means the contractors' registration and licensing board established pursuant
to the provisions of Rhode Island general laws section 5-65-14.
(2) "Commission" means the building code commission supportive of the contractors'
registration and licensing board.
(3) (i) "Contractor" means a person who, in the pursuit of an independent business,
undertakes or offers to undertake or submits a bid, or for compensation and with or without the
intent to sell the structure arranges to construct, alter, repair, improve, move over public
highways, roads or streets or demolish a structure or to perform any work in connection with the
construction, alteration, repair, improvement, moving over public highways, roads or streets or
demolition of a structure, and the appurtenances thereto. "Contractor" includes, but is not limited
to, any person who purchases or owns property and constructs or for compensation arranges for
the construction of one or more structures.
(ii) A certificate of registration is necessary for each "business entity" regardless of the
fact that each entity may be owned by the same individual.
(4) "Dwelling unit" means a single unit providing complete independent living facilities
for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and
(5) "Hearing officer" means a person designated by the executive
with the approval
of the director of the department of administration to hear contested claims or cases,
contested enforcement proceedings, and contested administrative fines, in accordance with the
Administrative Procedures Act, chapter 35 of title 42.
(6) "Staff" means the executive director for the contractors' registration and licensing
board, and any other staff necessary to carry out the powers, functions and duties of the board
including inspectors, hearing officers and other supportive staff.
(7) "State" means the state of Rhode Island.
(8) "Structure" means (i) any commercial building; or (ii) any building containing one or
more residences and their appurtenances. The board's dispute resolution process shall apply only
to residential structures containing dwelling units as defined in the state building code or
residential portions of other types of buildings without regard to how many units any structure
may contain. The board retains jurisdiction and may conduct hearings regarding violations
against all contractors required to be registered or licensed by the board.
(9) "Substantially" means any violation, which affects the health, safety, and welfare of
the general public.
5-65-3. Registration for work on a structure required of contractor -- Issuance of
building permits to unregistered or unlicensed contractors prohibited -- Evidence of
activity as a contractor -- Duties of contractors. -- (a) A person shall not undertake, offer to
undertake, or submit a bid to do work as a contractor on a structure or arrange to have work done
unless that person has a current, valid certificate of registration for all construction work issued
by the board. A partnership, corporation, or joint venture may do the work, offer to undertake the
work, or submit a bid to do the work only if that partnership, corporation, or joint venture is
registered for the work. In the case of registration by a corporation or partnership, an individual
shall be designated to be responsible for the corporation's or partnership's work. The corporation
or partnership and its designee shall be jointly and severally liable for the payment of the
registration fee, as requested in this chapter, and for violations of any provisions of this chapter.
Disciplinary action taken on a registration held by a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor
may affect other registrations held by the same corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship,
and may preclude future registration by the principal of that business entity.
(b) A registered partnership or corporation shall notify the board in writing immediately
upon any change in partners or corporate officers.
(c) A city, town, or the state shall not issue a building permit to anyone required to be
registered under this chapter who does not have a current, valid certificate of registration
identification card or valid license which shall be presented at the time of issuance of a permit
and shall become a condition of a valid permit. Each city, town, or the state which requires the
issuance of a permit as a condition precedent to construction, alteration, improvement,
demolition, movement or repair of any building or structure or the appurtenance to the structure
shall also require that each applicant for the permit file as a condition to issuing the permit a
written affidavit subject to the penalties of perjury, subscribed by the applicant, that the applicant
is registered under the provisions of this chapter, giving the number of the registration and stating
that the registration is in full force and effect, or, if the applicant is exempt from the provisions of
this chapter, listing the basis for the exemption. The city, town, or the state shall list the
contractor's registration number on the permit obtained by that contractor, and if a homeowner is
issued a permit, the building inspector or official must ascertain registration numbers of each
contractor on the premises and shall inform the registration board of any non-registered
contractors performing work at the site.
(d) Every city and town which requires the issuance of a business license as a condition
precedent to engaging, within the city or town, in a business which is subject to regulation under
this chapter, shall require that each licensee and each applicant for issuance or renewal of the
license file, or has on file, with the city or town a signed statement that the licensee or applicant is
registered under the provisions of this chapter and stating that the registration is in full force and
(e) It shall be prima facie evidence of doing business as a contractor when a person for
that person's own use performs, employs others to perform, or for compensation and with the
intent to sell the structure, arranges to have performed any work described in section 5-65-1(3) if
within any one twelve (12) month period that person offers for sale one or more structures on
which that work was performed.
(f) Registration under this chapter shall be prima facie evidence that the registrant
conducts a separate, independent business.
(g) The provisions of this chapter shall be exclusive and no city or town shall require or
shall issue any registrations or licenses nor charges any fee for the regulatory registration of any
contractor registered with the board. Nothing in this subsection shall limit or abridge the authority
of any city or town to license and levy and collect a general and nondiscriminatory license fee
levied upon all businesses, or to levy a tax based upon business conducted by any firm within the
city or town's jurisdiction, if permitted under the laws of the state.
(h) (1) Every contractor shall maintain a list which shall include the following
information about all subcontractors or other contractors performing work on a structure for that
(i) Names and addresses.
(ii) Registration numbers or other license numbers.
(iii) Contracts entered into must contain notice of right of rescission as
stipulated in all pertinent
Rhode Island consumer protection laws.
(iv) The contractor must stipulate whether or not all the proper insurances are
in effect for
each job contracted.
(v) (2) The list referred to in subdivision (h)(1) of this
subsection shall be delivered to
the board within twenty-four (24) hours after a request is made during reasonable working hours,
or a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) may be imposed for each the offense.
(i) The following subcontractors who are not employees of a registered contractor must
obtain a registration certificate prior to conducting any work: (1) carpenters, including finish
carpenters and framers; (2) siding installers; (3) roofers; (4) foundation installers, including
concrete installers and form installers; (5) drywall installers; (6) plasterers; (7) insulation
installers; (8) ceramic tile installers; (9) floor covering installers; (10) swimming pool installers,
both above ground and in ground; (11) masons, including chimney installers, fireplace installers,
and general masonry erectors. This list is not all inclusive and shall not be limited to the above
referenced contractors. No subcontractor licensed by another in-state agency pursuant to section
5-65-2 shall be required to register, provided that said work is performed under the purview of
(j) A contractor including, but not limited to, a general contractor, shall not hire any
subcontractor or other contractor to work on a structure unless the contractor is registered under
this chapter or exempt from registration under the provisions of section 5-65-2.
(k) A summary of this chapter, prepared by the board and provided at cost to all
registered contractors, shall be delivered by the contractor to the owner when the contractor
begins work on a structure; failure to comply may result in a fine.
(l) The registration number of each contractor shall appear in any advertising by that
contractor. Advertising in any form by an unregistered contractor shall be prohibited, including
alphabetical or classified directory listings, vehicles, business cards, and all other forms of
advertisements. The violations could result in a penalty being assessed by the board per
administrative procedures established.
(i) The board may publish, revoke or suspend registrations and the date the registration
was suspended or revoked on a quarterly basis.
(ii) Use of the word "license" in any form of advertising when only registered may
subject the registrant or those required to be registered to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100) for
offense at the discretion of the board.
Provided, however, that fines issued
for a violation of this
subsection shall only be issued as a secondary offense actionable only in
connection with a final
order issued by the board for violations of other sections of this chapter.
(m) The contractor must see that permits required by the state building code are secured
on behalf of the owner prior to commencing the work involved. The contractor's registration
number must be affixed to the permit as required by the state building code.
(n) The board may assess an interest penalty when claims have been filed with the board
at twelve percent (12%) annually.
Effective October 1, 2006, all All work performed, including
labor and materials, in
excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) shall be accompanied by a contract in writing. Contracts
required pursuant to this subsection shall include a location on or near the signature line location
on or in which the parties to the contract shall initial to evidence the receipt of certain consumer
education materials or information approved and provided by the board to the contractor. Said
educational materials and/or information shall include, but not be limited to, the following notice
and shall be provided by the contractor to the homeowner:
NOTICE OF POSSIBLE MECHANIC'S LIEN
To: Insert name of owner, lessee or tenant, or owner of less than the simple fee. The
undersigned is about to perform work and/or furnish materials for the construction, erection,
alterations or repair upon the land at (INSERT ADDRESS) under contract with you. This is a
notice that the undersigned and any other persons who provide labor and materials for the
improvement under contract with the undersigned may file a mechanic's lien upon the land in the
event of nonpayment to them. It is your responsibility to assure yourself that those other persons
under contract with the undersigned receive payment for their work performed and materials
for the construction, erection, alteration or repair upon the land.
to adhere to the provisions
of this subsection may result in a one thousand dollars ($1,000) fine against
the contractor. Failure to adhere to the provisions of this
subsection may result in a one thousand
dollar ($1,000) fine against the contractor and shall not affect the right of any other person
performing work or furnishing materials of claiming a lien pursuant to Chapter 34-28. However,
such person failing to provide such notice shall indemnify and hold harmless any owner, lessee or
tenant, or owner of less than the fee simple from any payment or costs incurred on account of any
liens claims by those not in privity with them, unless such owner, lessee or tenant, or owner of
less than the fee simple shall not have paid such person.
(p) Contracts entered into must contain notice of right of rescission as stipulated in all
pertinent Rhode Island consumer protection laws.
(q) The contractor must stipulate whether or not all the proper insurances are in effect for
each job contracted.
(r) Contractors who are in compliance with the provisions of this subsection shall be
exempt from the requirements of section 34-28-4.1.
5-65-5. Registered application. -- (a) A person who wishes to register as a contractor
shall submit an application, under oath, upon a form prescribed by the board. The application
(1) Workers' compensation insurance account number, or company name if a number has
not yet been obtained, if applicable;
(2) Unemployment insurance account number if applicable;
(3) State withholding tax account number if applicable;
(4) Federal employer identification number, if applicable, or if self-employed and
participating in a retirement plan;
(5) The individual(s) name and business address and residential address of:
(i) Each partner or venturer, if the applicant is a partnership or joint venture;
(ii) The owner, if the applicant is an individual proprietorship;
(iii) The corporation officers and a copy of corporate papers filed with the Rhode Island
secretary of state's office, if the applicant is a corporation;
(iv) Post office boxes are not acceptable as the only address.
(6) A signed affidavit subject to the penalties of perjury of whether or not the applicant
has previously applied for registration, or is or was an officer, partner, or venturer of an applicant
who previously applied for registration and if so, the name of the corporation, partnership, or
(7) Valid insurance certificate for the type of work being performed.
(b) A person may be prohibited from registering or renewing registration as a contractor
under the provisions of this chapter or his or her registration may be revoked or suspended if he
or she has any unsatisfied or outstanding judgments from arbitration, bankruptcy, courts and/or
administrative agency against him or her relating to their work as a contractor, and provided,
further, that an affidavit subject to the penalties of perjury shall be provided to the board attesting
to the information herein.
(c) Falsified information on, or failure to provide any document required by this chapter
is punishable by a fine not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
(d) Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
(e) Satisfactory proof shall be provided to the board evidencing the completion of five (5)
hours of continuing education units which will be required to be maintained by residential
contractors as a condition of registration as determined by the board pursuant to established
(f) An affidavit issued by the board shall be completed upon registration or renewal to
assure contractors are aware of certain provisions of this law and shall be signed by the registrant
before a registration can be issued or renewed.
5-65-8. Term of registration -- Renewal -- Registration identification card. -- (a) A
certificate of registration shall be valid for two (2) years from the date of issuance unless the
registration is revoked or suspended as described in section 5-65-10. It may be renewed by the
same procedure provided for an original registration upon application and furnishing of any
additional supplemental information that the board may require by rule.
(b) The board shall issue a pocket-card certificate of registration to a contractor
under this chapter
. including a picture of the registrant as
prescribed by the board in the
rules and regulations. The Rhode Island department of administration, division of motor vehicles
shall, upon the board's request, provide electronic copies of the digital photos of any registrant
under this chapter on record to be incorporated into the contractors' registration data bank to
match the drivers licenses or IDs provided by registrants or applicants unless the applicant
provides written notification to the board to the contrary.
(c) The board may vary the dates of registration renewal by giving to the registrant
written notice of the renewal date assigned and by making appropriate adjustments in the renewal
(d) The presentation of the registration or license identification card shall be mandatory
at the time of permit application.
(e) If a registrant files in bankruptcy court, the board must be notified in writing by the
registrant and kept informed of the status of the case until dismissed, discharged or resolved in
5-65-9. Registration fee. -- (a) Each applicant shall pay to the board:
(1) For original registration or renewal of registration, a fee of
hundred twenty dollars
($120). two hundred dollars
(2) A fee for all changes in the registration, as prescribed by the board, other than those
due to clerical errors.
(b) All fees and fines collected by the board shall be deposited as general revenues to
support the activities set forth in this chapter until June 30, 2008. Beginning July 1, 2008, all fees
and fines collected by the board shall be deposited into a restricted receipt account for the
exclusive use of supporting programs established by this chapter.
(c) Each year, the executive director shall prepare a proposed budget to support the
programs approved by the board. The proposed budget shall be submitted to the board for its
review. A final budget request shall be submitted to the legislature as part of the capital projects
and property management annual request.
(d) New or renewal registrations may be filed online or with a third-party approved by
the board, with the additional cost incurred to be borne by the registrant.
5-65-10. Grounds for discipline -- Injunctions. -- (a) The board or commission may
revoke, suspend, or refuse to issue, reinstate, or reissue a certificate of registration if the board or
commission determines after notice and opportunity for a hearing:
(1) That the registrant or applicant has violated section 5-65-3.
(2) That the insurance required by section 5-65-7 is not currently in effect.
(3) That the registrant, licensee or applicant has engaged in conduct as a contractor that
is dishonest or fraudulent that the board finds injurious to the welfare of the public.
(4) Has violated a rule or order of the board.
(5) That the registrant has knowingly assisted an unregistered person to act in violation
of this chapter.
(6) That a lien was filed on a structure under chapter 28 of title 34 because the registrant
or applicant wrongfully failed to perform a contractual duty to pay money to the person claiming
(7) That the registrant has substantially violated state or local building codes.
(8) That the registrant has made false or fraudulent statements on his or her application.
(9) That a registrant has engaged in repeated acts in violation of this chapter and the
board's rules and regulations inclusive of substandard workmanship and any misuse of
(10) The board may take disciplinary action against a contractor who performed work or
arranged to perform, while the registration was suspended, invalidated or revoked. Deposits
received by a contractor and ordered returned are not considered a monetary award when no
services or supplies have been received.
(11) That the registrant breached a contract.
(12) That the registrant performed negligent and/or improper work.
(13) That the registrant has advertised with a license number instead of using a
(14) That the registrant has failed to complete a project(s) for construction or a willful
failure to comply with the terms of a contract or written warranty.
(15) That the registrant has misrepresented his registration status as valid when said
registration is suspended, revoked, invalidated, inactive or unregistered as required by the board.
(16) That the registrant has failed to pay a fine or respond to any order issued by the
(17) That the registrant has failed to obtain or maintain the required continuing education/
units required by the board, or failed to sign the affidavit required by the board for registration or
(18) When a violation for hiring a non-registered contractor, working as a non-registered
contractor, or not maintaining the insurance required is issued, the registration may become
invalidated until the violation is resolved or hearing is requested on this offense.
(b) In addition to all other remedies, when it appears to the board that a person has
engaged in, or is engaging in, any act, practice or transaction which violates the provisions of this
chapter, the board may direct the attorney general to apply to the court for an injunction
restraining the person from violating the provisions of this chapter. An injunction shall not be
issued for failure to maintain the list provided for in section 5-65-3(h) unless the court determines
that the failure is intentional.
(c) (1) The board at its discretion may, after a hearing, impose a fine up to but not to
exceed the face value of the contract or the actual damages caused by the contractor, whichever
shall be greater. Where the claim is for actual damages the board shall require proof satisfactory
to the board indicating said damages. Where corrective work is completed as ordered by the
board, the fine assessed may be reduced as determined by the board. Fines and decisions on
claims or violations can be imposed against registered as well as contractors required to be
registered by the board.
(2) For each subsequent violation of a particular subsection of this chapter or of a rule or
regulation promulgated by the board, a fine not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) may be
imposed after a hearing by the board. All fines collected by the board shall be deposited as
general revenues until June 30, 2008 to be used to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Beginning July 1, 2008, all fines collected by the board shall be deposited into a restricted receipt
account to be used to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
(3) For the first violation of section 5-65-3, only for non-registered contractors, a fine of
up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) for a first offense and up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000)
for each subsequent offense shall be imposed.
(d) The hearing officer, upon rendering a conclusion may require the registrant, in lieu of
a fine, to attend continuing education courses as appropriate. Failure to adhere to the requirement
could result in immediate revocation of registration.
(e) The expiration of a registration by operation of law or by order or decision of the
board or a court, or the voluntary surrender of registration by the registrant, does not deprive the
board of jurisdiction, an action or disciplinary proceeding against the registrant or to render a
decision suspending or revoking a registration.
(f) In emergency situations, when a registrant is acting to the detriment of the health,
welfare and safety of the general public, the board's executive director may revoke or suspend a
registration without a hearing for just cause for a period of thirty (30) days.
(g) A registrant may petition the board to partially or completely expunge his or her
(h) Any person or contractor, registered or not, who uses another contractor's
registration, contractor's registration identification card, or allows another person to use their
contractor's registration fraudulently in any way, will be subject to a fine not exceeding ten
thousand dollars ($10,000).
(i) When the use of fraudulent advertising entices an individual to hire an unregistered
contractor, a fine of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) may be imposed by the board.
(j) It shall be unlawful to retain a social security number or copy of the driver's license
from a registrant by a building official as a condition of obtaining a permit.
(k) The board is further authorized upon certain findings or violations to:
(1) Put a lien on property held by a contractor.
(2) Take action on registrant when the continuing education requirements have failed to
be attained as required in rules and regulations.
(3) When upon investigation a complaint reveals: serious code infractions; unsatisfied
mechanic's liens; abandonment of a job for a substantial period of time without apparent cause; or
any other conduct detrimental to the public, the board can double the fines.
(4) Suspend, revoke or refuse to issue, reinstate or reissue a certificate of registration to
any registrant who has contracted, advertised, offered to contract or submitted a bid when the
contractor's registration is suspended, revoked, invalidated or inactive or unregistered as required
by the board.
5-65-14. Builder board -- Member -- Terms -- Confirmation -- Vacancies --
-- (a) The board shall consist of
thirteen (13) fifteen (15) members appointed by
the governor, eight (8) of whom shall be registered contractors, of which two (2) shall be licensed
roofers; one shall be a current member of the building codes standards committee pursuant to
section 23-27.3-100.1.4; one shall be a representative of the general public; one shall be a
licensed and practicing architect; two (2) shall be licensed home inspectors; one who shall be the
president of the Rhode Island Builders Association or designee; and one who shall be the
executive director of the Rhode Island Association of General Contractors or designee. The
building code standards committee member shall be designated by the state building
and shall be appointed as provided in subsection (b) of this section
This board shall
report to the state building commissioners department.
(b) Except for the commissioner's designee the governor shall appoint seven (7)
members for a term of three (3) years and five (5) members for a term of two (2) years. The
governor shall appoint the member designated by the state building commissioner for a term of
two (2) years. Each member reappointed by the governor shall serve for the term of his or her
original appointment. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the governor shall appoint a
successor. A member is eligible for reappointment. If there is a vacancy for any cause, the
governor shall make an appointment immediately effective for the unexpired term. At the
expiration of their terms, members shall remain and shall continue in their official capacity until a
new member is appointed and confirmed.
(c) In order to be eligible for board membership, the six (6) contractor members of the
board must be registered and/or licensed under this chapter and maintain their registrations and/or
licenses in good standing during their term of office. In order to be eligible for board
membership, the two (2) home inspector members shall be licensed pursuant to chapter 65.1 of
this title and shall maintain their license in good order during their terms of office.
5-65-24. Limited applicability of chapter to non-residential contractors. -- (a)
Notwithstanding anything set forth in this chapter to the contrary, the provisions of the following
sections of this chapter shall not apply to any contractor who does not regularly in the course of
his or her or its business as a contractor engage in construction activities as contemplated under
this chapter on residential structures:
(1) section 5-65-3(p);
(1) (2) section 5-65-3(k); (2) (3) section 5-65-4; (3) (4) section 5-65-11; (4) (5) section 5-65-12; and (5) (6) section 5-65-18 .; and
(7) Subsection 5-65-5(e).
(b) Notwithstanding anything set forth in this chapter to the contrary, the provisions of
the following sections of this chapter shall have only the limited applicability set forth below
respecting any contractor who does not regularly in the course of his or her or its business as a
contractor engage in construction activities as contemplated under this chapter on residential
(1) the provisions of section 5-65-3(a) concerning the joint and several liability of
applicable corporations or partnerships and their respective designees for the payment of the
registration fee as requested in this chapter and for violations of any provisions of this chapter
shall apply; and
(2) the provisions of section 5-65-10(a)(4) concerning violation of a rule or order of the
board shall only apply to the extent that any such rule or order does not relate to or is not derived
from one of the inapplicable provisions referenced in this section.
5-65-25. Violations -- Notice. -- The board shall provide, by way of the contractors'
registration and licensing board website, by request, or by any other means approved by the
board, a posting of all final orders issued by the board, all proposed orders of the board, and any
and all hearing notices issued by the board. Provided, however, that all claims adjudicated in
favor of the contractor shall be removed from the website or publications as soon as practicable.
Provided however, this shall not prevent the board from expunging a contractor's record
pursuant to established rules and regulations.
5-65-26. Notice of final order -- Service of process -- Restitution for homeowner
-- The board is hereby authorized
to assess against any contractor a monetary
award to the claimant up to but not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the costs of
service of process for any final orders of the board when the funds for said service of process
were provided by an aggrieved party under this chapter. The aggrieved party's claim shall be
limited to the actual cost of the service of process or one thousand dollars ($1,000), whichever is
less. The board shall require proof of costs from the aggrieved party evidencing said expense for
the service of process.
SECTION 3. Sections 5-65.1-2, 5-65.1-4, 5-65.1-9, 5-65.1-10, 5-65.1-11, 5-65.1-13 and
5-65.1-14 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-65.1 entitled "Home Inspectors" are hereby amended
to read as follows:
5-65.1-2. Definitions. -- When used in this chapter:
(1) "Associate home inspector" means a person who is employed by a licensed home
inspector to conduct a home inspection of a residential building on behalf of a client for a fee
under the direct supervision of the licensed home inspector and is licensed pursuant to the
provisions of this chapter.
(2) "Board" means the contractors' registration board.
(3) "Client" means any person who engages, or seeks to engage, the services of a home
inspector for the purpose of obtaining an inspection of, and written report upon, the condition of a
(4) "Home inspector" means any person licensed as a home inspector to conduct a home
inspection of a residential building on behalf of a client for a fee pursuant to the provisions of this
(5) "Home inspection" means an inspection and a written evaluation of the following
readily visible and accessible components of a residential building: heating, cooling, plumbing,
and electrical systems, structural components, foundation, roof, masonry structure, exterior and
interior components and any other related residential housing components, unless the scope of the
inspection is otherwise clearly limited, in writing, in the inspection report. Unless otherwise
expressly agreed to, in writing, a home inspection shall be based solely on observation of the
readily visible and apparent condition of the foregoing components of a residential building as
they exist on the date of the inspection, and it is not the purpose of the inspection to identify
violations of or noncompliance with governmental codes or regulation. A home inspection shall,
at a minimum, conform to any standards of practice promulgated by the board.
(6) "Public body" or "agency" means any executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or
administrative body of the state or any political subdivision thereof; including, but not limited to,
public officials elected or appointed and any department, division, agency, commission, board,
office, bureau, authority, any school, fire, or water district, or other agency or quasi-public agency
of state or local government which exercises governmental functions.
(7) "Residential building" means a structure consisting of one
four (4) family dwelling units
that has been occupied as a dwelling prior to the time when a home inspection
is requested or
contracted for in accordance with this chapter, but shall not include any
structure newly constructed
and not previously occupied. or
more residences and their appurtenances.
5-65.1-4. Eligibility for licensure as home inspector. -- (a) To be eligible for licensure
as a home inspector, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
(1) Be of good moral character;
(2) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent;
(3) Have been engaged as a licensed associate home inspector for no less than one year,
and have performed not less than one hundred (100) home inspections for compensation, or have
been a registered/licensed contractor in good standing in any state for an aggregate of not less
than five (5) years; and
(4) Have passed an examination approved or administered by the board. The
may have been passed before the effective date of this chapter.
For the first three hundred and sixty-five (365) days after July 1,
2001, After the
effective date of this chapter the board shall issue a license to any person upon application,
provided that the applicant meets:
(1) The requirements of subdivisions (a)(1), (2) and (4) of this section, and either:
(i) Has been engaged in the practice of home inspections for compensation for not less
year prior to
July 1, 2003, the effective date of this chapter
and has performed not less
hundred (100) home inspections for compensation prior to
July, 2003; the
of this chapter; or
(ii) Is a registered/licensed contractor in good standing in any state for an aggregate of
not less than five (5) years; or
(2) The requirements of subdivisions (a)(1) and (2) of this section, and has been engaged
in the practice of home inspections for compensation for not less than two (2) years and
performed not less than one hundred fifty (150) home inspections for compensation prior to July
5-65.1-9. Fees. -- (a) The board is empowered and directed to establish a fee schedule for
the application, continuing education, examination and re-examination of applicants for licensing;
provided, that the fee for home inspector and associate home inspector licenses, and all
subsequent renewals shall be two hundred dollars ($200). All licenses issued by the board shall be
valid for two (2) years.
(b) Any fees established, prescribed, or changed by the board shall be to the extent
necessary to defray all proper expenses incurred by the board and any staff employed to
administer this chapter, except that fees shall not be fixed at a level that will raise revenues in
excess of the amount estimated to be so required.
(c) All fees and fines collected by the board shall be deposited as general revenues until
June 30, 2008 and shall be allocated to provide sufficient resources to properly administer this
program. Beginning July 1, 2008, all fees and fines collected by the board shall be deposited into
a restricted receipt account and shall be allocated to provide sufficient resources to properly
administer this program.
5-65.1-10. Insurance requirements. -- (a) Every licensed home inspector and associate
home inspector shall secure, maintain, and file with the board a certificate of insurance for an
errors and omissions policy and a certificate of insurance for a general liability policy; both shall
be for a
minimum amount of
two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) per
occurrence, and five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in the
aggregate. These certificates must be valid
from the date a license is issued until the license expires. This proof shall be deemed satisfactory
if the policy is carried by the corporation, partnership or franchise for which the home inspector is
a contracted employee and the home inspector or associate home inspector is specifically covered
by such policy.
(b) Every proof of an errors and omissions or general liability policy required to be filed
with the board shall not be effective unless it provides that the insurance may not be canceled
until at least ten (10) days notice of intention to cancel or to not renew has been received in
writing by the board.
(c) Failure of the licensee or corporation or partnership to maintain this insurance will
result in the immediate loss of his or her license.
5-65.1-11. Grounds for discipline -- Injunctions. -- (a) After a hearing in accordance
with the administrative regulations promulgated by the board, the board may revoke, suspend, or
refuse to issue, reinstate, or reissue a license if the board determines that a licensee or applicant
(1) Disclosed any information concerning the results of the home inspection without the
approval of a client or the client's representatives;
(2) Accepted compensation from more than one interested party for the same service
without the consent of all interested parties;
(3) Accepted commissions or allowances, directly or indirectly, from other parties
dealing with their client in connection with the inspection for which the licensee is responsible;
(4) Failed to promptly disclose to a client information about any business interest of the
licensee which may affect the client in connection with the home inspection;
(5) Obtained a license or authorization to sit for an examination, as the case may be,
through fraud, deception, or misrepresentation;
(6) Engaged in the use or employment of dishonesty, fraud, deception,
misrepresentation, false promise, or false pretense;
(7) Engaged in gross negligence, gross malpractice, or gross incompetence;
(8) Engaged in repeated acts of negligence, malpractice, or incompetence;
(9) Engaged in professional or occupational misconduct as may be determined by the
(10) Been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude or any crime relating
adversely to the activity regulated by the board. For the purpose of this subsection a plea of
guilty, or nolo contendere shall be deemed a conviction;
(11) Had his or her authority to engage in the activity regulated by the board revoked or
suspended by any other state, agency or authority for reasons consistent with this section;
(12) Attempted to limit liability for negligent or wrongful errors or omissions by use of a
clause within a performance contract that limits the damages for negligent or wrongful errors or
(13) Failed to provide a written report of the completed home inspection;
(14) Violated or failed to comply with any order of the board or provisions of this
chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated and administered by the board pursuant to this
(15) Become incapable, for medical or any other material reason, of discharging the
functions of a licensee in a manner consistent with the public's health, safety, and welfare;
(16) Failed to obtain or maintain the insurance required by section 5-65.1-10;
(17) Knowingly assisted an unlicensed person to act in violation of this chapter; or
(18) Failed to comply with the provisions of section 5-20.8-8.
(b) In addition to all other remedies, when it appears to the board that a person has
engaged in, or is engaging in, any act, practice or transaction which violates the provisions of this
chapter, the board may direct the attorney general to apply to the court for an injunction
restraining the person from violating the provisions of this chapter.
(c) (1) The board may, after a hearing, impose a fine in an amount not to
dollars ($500) five thousand
dollars ($5,000) for the first violation of this chapter, or any
rules or regulations promulgated by the board.
(2) For each second violation of a particular subsection of this chapter or of a rule or
promulgated by the board, a fine not to exceed
one thousand dollars ($1,000)
thousand dollars ($10,000) may be imposed after a hearing by the board.
(d) The board, may, in lieu of a fine or other sanction, order a licensee to attend
continuing education courses as appropriate. Failure to adhere to the requirement could result in
immediate revocation of a license.
5-65.1-13. Violations -- Penalties. -- (a) Any person who violates a final order of the
board is deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be imprisoned for a term not
exceeding one year, or fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each offense.
(b) In addition to any sentence or fine imposed by the court under subsection (a) of this
section, the court may order a defendant to comply with any outstanding fine or fines previously
imposed by the board pursuant to this chapter. A final order of the board may also be enforced in
a civil contempt proceeding brought upon complaint in the district court.
5-65.1-14. Home inspector appointments to the board. -- Notwithstanding any
in section 5-65-14 to the contrary, for a period of one year after
effective date of this chapter the initial two (2) home inspectors appointed to the board shall not
be required, at the time of their initial appointment, to be licensed under the provisions of this
chapter, provided the appointed home inspectors have been engaged as home inspectors in this
state for not less than five (5) years immediately preceding their appointment, and have
performed not less than one thousand (1000) home inspections for compensation. Subsequent
appointees to the board shall be licensed pursuant to this chapter and shall possess the foregoing
SECTION 4. Sections 5-73-1, 5-73-3 and 5-73-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 5-73
entitled "Roofing Contractors" are hereby amended to read as follows:
5-73-1. Definitions. -- As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following
(1) "Board" means the contractors registration and licensing board as defined in section
(2) "Nonresidential structure" means and includes any and all commercial or industrial
structures or buildings, and shall not include any residential structures consisting of four (4)
units or less
as the terms are defined in 5-65-1(4) and (6).
(3) "Roofing" means and includes any and all construction, renovation or other work
performed on or about the roof, as the term is commonly used, of any nonresidential structure or
similar building and shall specifically include sealing, water proofing, weatherproofing, related
sheet metal work, and similar work.
(4) "Roofing contractor" means any person or entity engaged in the state of Rhode Island
in the business of commercial or industrial roofing, or any combination of these.
(5) "Shingles" mean wood or other materials, excluding slate, used in courses to cover
5-73-3. Registration and licensing of roofing contractors. -- (a) All roofing
contractors, in addition to the requirements of chapter 65 of this title entitled "Contractor's
Registration and Licensing Board", if applicable, prior to conducting roofing business in the state
of Rhode Island, shall first submit an application to and be licensed by the contractor registration
and licensing board on the form or forms that the board requires. The application shall include the
(1) The name of the applicant;
(2) The business address of the applicant;
(3) The mailing address of the applicant;
(4) The telephone number of the applicant;
(5) The name of the party or officer who shall be responsible for all roofing activities
conducted in the state of Rhode Island;
(6) Any registration number and/or other license numbers issued by the state, or any city
or town; and
(7) A statement of the skills, training and experience of the applicant sufficient to ensure
public safety, health and welfare.
(b) Licensing requirements shall not apply to roofing contractors applying shingles only.
(c) To be eligible for licensure as a roofing contractor an applicant shall also fulfill the
(1) Be of good moral character;
(2) Pass an examination approved or administered by the contractors' registration board
or has previously been registered as a commercial roofer in good standing and has met all the
requirements of the rules and regulations established by the board;
(3) Be in good standing with the contractors' registration and licensing board;
(4) All field personnel of the roofing contractor must have a current certificate of
completion of the ten (10) hours OSHA safety course or equivalent thereof as determined by the
contractors' registration and licensing board;
(5) Take ten (10) hours continuing roofing education per year as set forth and recognized
by the contractors' registration board;
(6) Be bonded in the aggregate amount of the total dollar value of any contract entered
into to perform roofing work; single project in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars
($100,000) minimum; and
(7) Provide the board with an insurance certificate in the amount of one million five
hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000) per occurrence pursuant to the established rules and
regulations, with the board as the holder, from the date of issuance, continuously.
(d) (1) The contractors' registration and licensing board is authorized to adopt rules and
regulations pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, chapter 35 of title 42, necessary to
effectuate the purposes of this chapter.
(2) Rules and regulations shall provide a fine schedule, which will establish grounds for
discipline for licensee holders or non-licensed contractors.
(3) Fines shall be structured not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) per day per
offense for conduct injurious to the welfare of the public as well as those required pursuant to
(e) Any person applying for a license or registration and making any material
misstatement as to his or her experience or other qualifications, or any person, firm, or
corporation subscribing to or vouching for any misstatement shall be subject to the discipline and
penalties provided in section 5-65-10.
(f) No corporation, firm, association, or partnership shall engage in the business of
commercial roofing or represent itself as a commercial roofing contractor unless a licensed
commercial roofer as provided in this chapter is continuously engaged in the supervision of its
commercial roofing work, provided that the commercial roofer is a general partner or an officer
and shareholder in the firm or corporation. If the license holder dies or otherwise becomes
incapacitated, the corporation, firm, or association shall be allowed to continue to operate until
the next examination shall be given or such times as the board shall see fit. In no event, shall the
corporation, firm, association, or partnership continue to operate longer than twelve (12) months
or in accordance with the board's established rules and regulations without satisfying the license
requirements of this chapter. Those roofers who have been registered with the board on July 1,
2003, and remain in good standing, shall be exempt from the testing requirements set forth in this
(g) Complaints filed with the board shall be heard only in regard to those issues so
established in the rules and regulations.
5-73-4. Registration fee. -- All roofing contractors shall submit a payment in the amount
of four hundred dollars ($400), which shall support the licensing program, representing a license
fee along with the application referenced in section 5-73-3, and be required to comply with the
provisions of chapter 65 of this title and those provisions shall be interpreted to include
commercial roofers as defined in this chapter. Beginning July 1, 2008, all fines and fees collected
pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited into a restricted receipt account for the exclusive use of
supporting programs established by the board.
SECTION 5. Sections 1 and 2 of this act shall take effect upon passage. Sections 3 and 4
shall take effect upon rules and regulations being filed by the board with the secretary of state.