At Cotney Construction Law, we know that construction professionals face an intense level of scrutiny when it comes to performing their jobs. There are numerous legal requirements that they must keep up with to remain compliant with government laws as well as to avoid disputes. If someone files a complaint against your license, this can be a serious threat to your livelihood.
Work With a Portland License Defense Attorney
It may seem that licensing laws serve the interests of consumers; however, licensing laws protect you, too. If you provide labor, materials, or equipment to renovate remodel, or repair a structure, but the owner fails to pay you for your services, you can file a claim of lien to recover the payments owed to you. Without a valid license, you forfeit your right to file a lien against the property.
If you have been contacted by an administrative agency, are under investigation, or fear that your license will be revoked or suspended, reach out to a Portland license defense lawyer to protect your interests.
The Oregon Construction Contractors Board
The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) is responsible for investigating unlicensed and illegal activity on construction sites, setting policy, overseeing administration, adopting rules, and reviewing appeals court orders in the state of Oregon. In order to participate in construction activity, which consists of improvements made to real property, contractors are required to obtain licensing through the CCB by engaging in activities such as advertising, bidding on, or performing any construction, remodeling, or repair work.
Obtaining a license involves determining the type of endorsement you need, completing pre-licensing training, and more. Learn more on the CCB “guide to becoming a licensed contractor.”
Who Can File a Complaint Against You?
Property owners, employees, suppliers, subcontractors, and primary subcontractors can all file a licensing complaint with the CCB as long as a 30-day notice stating that you intend to file a complaint with the CCB is served to the contractor by certified mail . Complaints can be filed for the following reasons:
- Breach of contract (new or existing structure)
- Negligent work (new or existing structure)
- Improper work (new or existing structure)
- Nonpayment of wages
- Nonpayment of materials or labor
The timelines to file a complaint vary, so one should consult with a Portland license defense attorney who is well-versed in the licensing laws that govern Oregon, as well as the CCB’s rules and requirements.
Violating Licensing Laws
Violating any provision of Oregon licensing laws governed by the CCB will result in civil penalties and other sanctions such as:
- A $500-5,000.00 fine
- A six-month license suspension
- A three-year license suspension
- License revocation
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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.