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Oregon Construction Contractors Board Conducts Sting Operation

Oregon CCB investigators turn up 32 alleged violations along Oregon’s North Coast.

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(June 28, 2018)

(Portland, Ore.) OnlineEd – The Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) reported in a recent release that it had joined in a 10-state sweep to find unlicensed contractors and other alleged violations of contracting regulations. The National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) coordinated the sweep.

The Oregon CCB has reported it found more than a dozen unlicensed contractors during its surprise visits to 157 job sites located along the northern Oregon Coast from Newport to Astoria. Oregon reported a total of 32 alleged violations, with the largest number involving individuals who were working on home improvement projects without a CCB contractor license, including contractors that hired unlicensed subcontractors or worked on homes built before 1978 without the required Lead-Based Paint Renovation license. The CCB says it is in the process of sending Notices of Intent to issue civil penalties to the suspected violators. Also, the CCB has notified the state revenue and employment departments of employers who are suspected of paying employees “under the table” for their work.

“These concentrated enforcement efforts highlight the work our individual field investigators do every day to protect consumers from unlicensed contractors and to level the playing field for legitimate contractors,” Lead Investigator Eric McLauchlin said.

“Contractor licensing qualifying education is very affordable,” says Jeff Sorg of OnlineEd, a CCB approved online contractor pre-licensing course provider. “It takes just 16-clock hours of study to meet the educational requirement to sit for the CCB licensing exam, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to risk getting those hefty civil penalties for not having a license,” he added.

 

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Changes to Contractor License Bond Claims Process in Oregon

As of January 1, the process of filing a claim against a residential contractor license bond now also includes a mediation process

By Vic Lance, Lance Surety Bond Associates

(April 8, 2017)

res_contractor_bond_claimsAs of January 1, 2017, new rules regarding the contractor license bond claim process in Oregon have been put in place. These rules only apply to bond claims brought against residential contractors.

Under the new rules, the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) will first attempt to mediate the situation that has given rise to a complaint before letting claimants file a formal claim against the bond. Read on for a full overview of the new rules regarding filing a contractor license bond claim in Oregon.

The Oregon residential contractor license bond

According to Section 701.145 of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS), residential contractors are required to obtain a contractor license bond when applying for their license. Current state law requires residential contractors to obtain bonds in the following amounts, depending on the type of license they obtain:

  • $20,000 bond for residential general contractors and residential developers;
  • $15,000 bond for residential specialty contractors; and
  • $10,000 bond for residential limited contractor, residential locksmith services contractor, home services contractor, home inspector services contractor, home performance score contractor.

The purpose of contractor license bonds is to offer protection to the Construction Contractors Board as well as to the clients of a contractor. The protection is provided in cases when a contractor violates Oregon contractor regulations and laws and causes damages or losses. This may include defaulting on a contract, not complying with the conditions of a contract or simply doing a bad job.

In the case of a violation, a contractor license bond claim can be made. Once the claim is investigated by the CCB and the surety company and is deemed within the scope of the bond, compensation is paid to claimants.

But as of January 1 the process of filing a contractor license bond claim against residential contractors in Oregon has been amended.

Changes to the Oregon residential contractor license bond claims process

In order to protect contractors from surety bond claims that may not be within the scope of the law as well as to assist the process of resolving complaints, House Bill 4121 introduced changes to the ORS.

Previously, a complaint had to be filed against a contractor, and the CCB would then investigate the complaint and either give rise to a claim against the contractor’s bond or recommend various actions to the contractor in order to resolve the situation.

According to Section 8.4 of Bill 4121, as of January 1, the process of filing a claim against a residential contractor license bond now also includes a mediation process. Once the Board receives a complaint against a contractor, it will investigate whether it has jurisdiction over the complaint.

The Board will then try to conduct meetings either on-site or per telephone to mediate the dispute between the complainant and the contractor. As previously, the Board may still suggest actions to the contractor that may compensate the complainant, without giving rise to a claim against the bond. According to the Bill, if a contractor takes the Board’s suggestions into consideration that is sure to influence any subsequent disciplinary proceedings that the Board may bring against the contractor.

Section 8.5 of the Bill specifies that only if the contractor and the complainant do not reach an agreement about resolving the complaint, does the complainant have a right to receive payment under a bond. The complainant must then:

  • Get a final judgment against the contractor by a court; or
  • Get an arbitration award against the contractor, reduced to a final judgment by a court.

When this occurs, the surety is notified by the Board of the final judgment as well as of the amount it must pay according to the Board.

It’s important to note that these changes to the contractor license bond claim process do not concern complaints filed under ORS 701.140 (4). Such complaints are related to the payments of wages for labor or employee benefits. These types of complaints do not go through a process of mediation but are instead immediately addressed through a court that issues a judgment.

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Vic Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates. He is a surety bond expert who helps mortgage brokers get licensed and bonded. Vic graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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Oregon Construction Contractors Board Fines 157 Individuals for Violations – 49 for No License

canstockphoto2148582(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – The Oregon Construction Contracts Board (“CCB”) recently announced final orders assessing civil penalties issued to Oregon contractors sfor violations of the Construction Contractors Law. Oregon law requires all construction contractors to be licensed with the CCB before they advertise, bid on, or perform constuction, remodeling of repair work.  The CCB issued 157 penalties between January 1, 1025 and March 31 of 2015. Of the 157 total, 49 of these were for working or advertising for work without a CCB contractor license. These fines range from $600 to $5,000.

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  This article was published on May 12, 2015. All information contained in this posting is deemed correct and current as of this date, but is not guaranteed by the author and may have been obtained by third-party sources. Due to the fluid nature of the subject matter, regulations, requirements and laws, prices and all other information may or may not be correct in the future and should be verified if cited, shared or otherwise republished.

Oregon Contractor Continuing Education Offering

(OnlineEd – Portland, OR) If you need core continuing education credits to renew your Oregon contractor license (CCB license), CCB will be hosting the CCB Laws Regulations and Business Practices Core course series on June 13th at the CCB. Early registration is advised.

Registration Form:
http://ccbed.ccb.state.or.us/WebPDF/CCB/Publications/RCE_registration_form_6-13-13.pdf

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For more information about CCB offered classes, please contact Oregon CCB via their website: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/Pages/index.aspx

For information about obtaining an Oregon contractor license, please visit the OnlineEd web site at: www.OnlineEd.com

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

(EPA – WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP).

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.GTON – Today, EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP).

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.

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More about lead and instructions on getting certified: www.epa.gov/lead

More about becoming an Oregon licensed contractor: https://www.onlineed.com/info/Contracting/Oregon/LicenseTraining/

Work That Does and Does Not Require an Oregon Contractor License

(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd® – Portland, OR) Anyone doing work in Oregon for compensation in any construction-related activity that involves improvements to real estate is to be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractor Board.

There are some exemptions from licensure, provided there isn’t any advertising to obtain the work, including over the internet, business cards, and signs.

These are two exceptions:

  • If the price of the work performed is under $500
  • If the work is casual, minor, or inconsequential in nature

Some examples of work that DOES require a license:

  • Floor covering
  • Siding
  • Painting
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Tree Service
  • Concrete
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • On-Site appliance repair
  • Home inspections
  • Land Development
  • Manufactured dwelling installations

Some examples of work that does not require a license:

  • Gutter cleaning
  • Pressure washing
  • Debris removal or cleanup (yard or construction site)

For more information about becoming an Oregon licensed contractor, visit our post, How to Get Your Oregon Contractor License.

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Oregon Construction Contractors Board Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation Contractor License

By Jeff Sorg

(OnlineEd – Portland, Or) The Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) offers a Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation (LBPR) Contractor License to contractors who have completed  their EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) program. Oregon is approved by the EPA to administer the EPA’s  program for requirements on construction that might involve lead-based paint. The program:

  • Adopts lead renovation, repair and painting program rules
  • Certifies training providers
  • Certifies contractors in states that do no have a state program
  • Approves states to “take over” the program
Contractors who renovate target housing or child-occupied facilities need to have the certified LBR contractor license. “Renovation” means, for example:
  • Modification of painted or varnished doors
  • Restoring building surfaces
  • Window repair, removal, or replacement
  • Painting preparation (sanding, scraping, ect)
  • Removal of walls, ceilings, and plumbing
  • Interior controls that disturb painted surfaces
Renovation does not include “minor repair and maintenance.”  Minor repair and maintenance means
  • 6 square feet or less of painted interior surface; or
  • 20 square feet or less of painted exterior surface.
“Target housing” is housing built before 1978, except for:
  • Housing built for the elderly or persons with disabilities; or
  • Housing without a bedroom
“Child-Occupied facilities” mean a building, or part thereof, regularly used by the same child under age 6. Examples of child-occupied facilities are:
  • Day care centers
  • Preschools
  • Kindergarten classrooms
  • Restrooms commonly used by children
Child-occupied facilities likely do not include:
  • Sunday school classrooms used weekly
  • Supermarkets
  • Hallways in public schools
 RPR training is an 8-hour, hands-on, live course that business owners or employees are required to complete in order to become certified. The certification is valid for 5 years.
OnlineEd® does not provide this certification course, but provides this alphabetical list of Oregon providers as a courtesy:
Accredited RRP Northwest/Glen R. Hayden Construction
365 Salem Hts Ave S
Salem, OR 97302
Phone: 503-871-9754
E-mail: hayden365@comcast.net
 
Allied Services/Affiliate of Southern Oregon Environmental Services
P.O. Box 1001
Jacksonville, OR 97350
Phone: 503-636-4040 (Portland)
888-492-3177 (Toll-Free)
Web site: www.asbestosleadpaintmold.com
 
AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc.
7376 SW Durham Road
Portland, OR 97224
Phone: 503-639-3400
Web site: www.amectraining.com
 
B Classic Painting & Remodeling, LLC
900 Alder Street
Sweet Home, OR 97386
Phone: 541-818-0246
E-mail: Bclassicpnr@gmail.com 
 
CALINC Training, LLC
2040 Peadbody Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
Phone: 800-359-4467
Web site: www.cal-inc.com 
Community Energy Project
422 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
Phone: 503-284-6827
Web site: www.communityenergyproject.org 
 
Connor
1421 Clarkview Road, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21209
Phone: 410-296-7971
Web site: www.connorinstitute.com
 
Green Education Services
419 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 800-355-1751
Web site: www.greenedu.com
 
Industrial Hygiene Resources, Ltd
206 Murray Street
Boise, ID 83714
Phone: 208-323-8287
Web site: www.industrialhygieneresources.com 
 
Integrity Safety Services
13912 NE 20th, Suite 201
Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 360-574-6071
Web site: www.integritysafety.com
 
Kachina Contractor Solutions LLC
530 Stahr Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 888-800-5224
Web site: www.KachinaContractorSolutions.com
 
Lead Solutions, Inc.
1297 Sullivan Court NW
Salem, OR 97304
Phone: 503-703-0338
Web site: www.leadpaintguru.com
 
National Center for Healthy Housing
10320 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 500
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 877-312-3046
Web site: www.nchh.org
 
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
[Training limited to IBEW/NECA contractors and employees]
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 503-262-9991
Web site: www.nietc.org
 
NorthWest Hazmat Inc.
36 West Q Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Phone: 541-988-9823
Web site: www.nwhazmat.com 
 
Oregon Home Builders Association 
375 Taylor Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-378-9066
Web site: www.oregonhba.com 
 
Oregon Southern Idaho Laborers Training Trust
6011 NE Marcus Harris Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-745-5513
Web site: www.osilaborerstraining.org 
 
RGA Environmental, Inc
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-281-8858
Web site: http://www.rgatraining.com 
 
Safety Directions, LLC
93947 Autumn Lane
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-266-9077
Web site: www.safety-directions.com
 
Truckee Meadows Community College
Workforce Development
475 Edison Way, Suite 102
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: 775-857-4958
Web site: www.tmcc.edu/wdce
 
Unlimited Choices, Inc.
Lead Learning Center
211 SE 80th Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 503-234-6167
Web site: www.unlimitedchoices.org
 
Western Oregon and SW Washington Painters, Drywall Finishers, & Allied Trades Apprenticeship
12687 NE Whitaker Way
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 503-287-4856
Web site: www.paintertraining.org
 
Western Regional Lead Training Center
1950 SE 176th Avenue
Portland, OR 97233-4739
Phone: 503-761-2800
Web site: www.wrltc.com
A complete listing of nationwide providers can be found at the EPA’s Web site

Oregon CCB Administrator Named 1st Vice President of National Association

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Salem, OR  (Oregon CCB) — Craig P. Smith, Administrator for the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) was named 1st Vice President for the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) on August, 25, 2010.

NASCLA was founded in 1962 and is comprised of states that have enacted laws regulating the
business of contracting. NASCLA assists its member states in striving for the better regulation of
the construction industry to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
“Oregon’s participation in NASCLA is important as we work through these difficult economic times,” says Smith.
“NASCLA provides a forum for Oregon’s CCB to learn about successful practices in other state licensing agencies, and in turn, we have an opportunity to share what has worked well in Oregon with the rest of the nation.”
Smith serves as executive officer of Oregon’s nine-member Governor appointed Board, a position he has held since 2001. The CCB administers licensing and certification programs affecting more than 41,000 construction businesses. The agency joined NASCLA in 2006.
NASCLA officers and board members serve one-year terms from September to September, commencing at the association’s annual conference each fall. This year’s Officers and Board of Directors were appointed on August 25, 2010 at NASCLA’s Annual Conference Additional officers installed for 2010/2011 include:
Keith Warren, President (Alabama Electrical Contractors Board);
Steve Pinther, 2nd Vice President (Idaho Contractors Board);
Greg Crow, Treasurer (Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board);
John Sullivan, Secretary (Mississippi State Board of Contractors);
John Curl, Immediate Past President (South Carolina Residential Builders Commission), and
Carolyn Lazenby, 2nd Immediate Past President (Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors).