Operating without a contractor’s license in the state of South Carolina is a serious offense that is punishable by a jail sentence, a monetary fine, or both pursuant to S.C. Code Ann § 40-59-200 and § 40-11-200, respectively. If you are operating close to the border of North Carolina, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the licensing requirements of North Carolina as well. A Columbia, SC, license defense lawyer, with Cotney Construction Law is your best bet in navigating these complex regulations because they are able to represent you in both North and South Carolina.
If you have been accused of contracting without a license in North or South Carolina, it’s imperative that you obtain the services of a license defense attorney from Cotney Construction Law to protect your reputation and the future of your company.
Why You Should Call a Columbia, SC, License Defense Lawyer
In South Carolina, the licensing authority is the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR). They offer two main categories of licenses, handled by two separate boards:
- General and mechanical contractor license
- Residential builder and speciality contractor license
The South Carolina Contractor’s Licensing Board (SCCLB) issues the general and mechanical contractor licenses and the Residential Builders Commission (SCRBC) issues the residential builder or speciality contractor licenses. For our purposes, we’ll be discussing the requirements for obtaining a general and mechanical contractor license. The license requirements, as set forth by the SCCLB, are as follows:
- You must register your business entity.
- You must get a tax registration with the state Department of Revenue.
- You must showcase your relevant experience.
- You must pass a state examination.
- You must complete the general and mechanic contractor license application.
- You must cover the relevant license and registration fees.
- You must also obtain proper insurance and bonding.
South Carolina License Laws
The board has the right to cancel, fine, suspend, revoke, or restrict your right to practice if any of the following conditions occurs:
- The contractor made any materially statement of fact on his application
- The contractor violates the code of professional ethics adopted by the applicable licensing board
- The contractor practiced the profession under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- The contractor has been convicted of or has pled guilty to or nolo contendere to a felony or crime involving drugs or moral turpitude
- The contractor has obtained fees under fraudulent circumstances
If you have been accused of performing a construction service without a license in the state of South Carolina, you will face legal action. This can lead to misdemeanor, imprisonment, and excessive fines. Additionally, the property owner may utilize a legal route to protect themselves from unknowingly hiring an unlicensed contractor.
Don’t leave the future of your business on the line. Consult with a Columbia, SC, license defense attorney with Cotney Construction Law who has years of experience dealing with the state regulations and courts and will be able to answer any questions you have related to the defense of your license.
If you would like to speak with a Columbia, SC, license defense attorney please contact us today.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.