The Oregon Construction Contractor Board (CCB) found more
than a dozen unlicensed contractors and other alleged violations of contracting
regulations during unannounced visits to 157 job sites earlier this month. The
“sweep” was part of a multistate action targeting the construction industry.
In Oregon, the CCB concentrated its investigators at job
sites along the northern Oregon Coast from Newport to Astoria. Oregon joined nine
other states in the broader action coordinated by the National Association of
State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA).
The largest number of Oregon’s 32 alleged violations involved
people working on home improvement projects without a CCB contractor license,
including contractors that hired unlicensed subcontractors or worked on homes
built prior to 1978 without the required Lead-Based Paint Renovation license.
The CCB is now sending notices of intent to issue civil
penalties to those suspected of violations.
Additionally, the agency shared the information about
suspected instances of employers “paying under the table” with state revenue
and employment departments to ensure employers are reporting payroll and paying
“These concentrated enforcement efforts highlight the work
our individual field investigators do every day in an effort to protect
consumers from unlicensed contractors and to level the playing field for
legitimate contractors,” Lead Investigator Eric McLauchlin said.
Verify CCB licenses
Nearly everyone who repairs, remodels or builds a home needs
a CCB license, meaning they are bonded and insured and can pull required
building permits. Addionally, the CCB provides mediation services to help iron
out disputes that arise between homeowners and licensed contractors. People who
use unlicensed contractors don’t have access to the service.
“These are important protections for the public,” McLauchlin
said. “And, all contractors working legally are required to display their CCB
license number in advertising so consumers can easily verify they are
To verify licenses:
- Visit www.oregon.gov/ccb.
- Enter the license number or name in the orange “Search”
- Verify that the license is “active,” that the contractor
carries the endorsement for residential work, and that the name and other
information on the license matches the contractor you are considering.
Call 503-378-4621 for help searching or understanding the
Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors
and other illegal activity on the CCB’s website or by calling 503-934-2246.
In looking for contractors, the CCB advises consumers to get
references from friends and neighbors, or others in the construction industry,
such as supply stores. Contractors seeking work through online lists must
include their CCB number in all advertising. However, the CCB advises consumers
against relying on online references alone.
The CCB has a variety of consumer tools on its website,
including a Consumer
Guide to Selecting and Working With A Contractor.
View details of the recent
national operation here.