The Idaho Contractor Registration Act requires anyone who holds themself out as a contractor or engages in contracting work to register with the Bureau of Occupational Licenses. Homeowners and employees of registered contractors are not required to register. However, employers, homeowners, and anyone else who hires persons engaged in contracting work must ensure that all hired contractors and subcontractors are registered throughout the entire project.
It is important to pay attention to the expiration date of the contractor’s registration. A registration may expire within 1-5 years. If a contractor is unregistered, even for only a portion of the work, the contractor cannot file suit or claim a lien on real property to recover the amounts owed. See Idaho Code § 54-5217; Idaho Code § 54-5208.
The Idaho Contractor Registration Act requires contractors to prominently display their registration numbers in a variety of places, including the contractor’s place of business, on advertising, contracts, permits, business letterheads, purchase orders, and subcontracts. The registration number must be clearly visible to the public.
Any contractor found to be in violation of the Idaho Contractor Registration Act is subject to certain penalties, which may include: voiding the construction contract; revocation and/or suspension of the contractor’s registration; conviction of a misdemeanor (punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment for up to 6 months); and no right to lien or recover for materials furnished or work performed.
In light of these penalties, it is important to ensure contractors are in compliance with all registration requirements. If you have questions regarding the Idaho Contractor Registration Act, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
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