General and specialty contractors are required to register with the Department of Labor and Industries. In addition to registering, contractors must follow requirements relating to advertising, bonds and insurance, and other matters. In addition to the general contractor licensing statute, separate contractor licensing provisions exist for electrical and elevator contractors. Other statutes, including various public works, prevailing wage, and workers' compensation laws make references to the contractor registration laws.
Prior to 2020, plumbing contractors registered under the general construction contractor registration laws. In 2020, the Legislature passed SB 6170, which created a separate plumbing contractor licensing law, requiring plumbing contractors to register under the new law rather than the general construction contractor registration laws.
Cross-references to the plumbing contractor licensing laws are added to the following statutes:
Cross-references to the plumbing, elevator, and electrical contractor licensing laws are added to the following statutes:
Cross-references to the plumbing and elevator contractor licensing laws are added to the independent contractor test for the prevailing wage statutes.
PRO: In 2020, the Legislature moved plumbing contractors out of the general contractor statute. In doing so, many cross-references were lost, which the bill corrects. There are rights and obligations that used to apply to plumbing contractors that no longer do because the cross-references were not corrected in the 2020 bill.