The state Construction Contractors Board is investigating 34 potential violations of law after investigators last week showed up at 279 Southern Oregon job sites looking for unlicensed contractors.
The most common violations involved unlicensed people working as contractors and contractors who had employees but lacked workers' compensation insurance to cover job-related injuries.
CCB investigators made unannounced visits to jobsites in the Ashland, Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls, and Roseburg areas from July 21-25.
This continues a statewide campaign that began in spring and has turned up more than 100 potential law violations.
Once field investigators report possible violations, Salem staff decide whether to issue warnings or fines based on the facts and whether it is a first-time violation. Fines are posted on the CCB website at http://ccbed.ccb.state.or.us/WebPDF/CCB/Publications/civilpenalties.pdf.
A typical first-offense penalty for working without a license is $1,000 with subsequent violations resulting in fines of up to $5,000. Working without a license is also a misdemeanor crime.
Anyone who repairs or remodels, as well as those who build new homes or businesses, must be licensed with the CCB. Contractors working on homes built before 1978 need special licensing and training to handle lead-based paint.
Licensed contractors have a bond and insurance that offer some financial protections to the public. Also, homeowners may be able to get help from the CCB to resolve construction-related disputes if they use licensed contractors.
Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity or verify licenses on the CCB's website. Or, call 503-378-4621 to verify a license.