West Virginia Contractor Licensing Act 2020

If you work on building projects in WV, be aware of revised language requiring licensure, introduced in the January 9, 2020 legislature under House Bill 4012:

It is unlawful for any person [“Person” includes an individual, firm, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or other entity engaged in the undertaking of construction projects or any combination thereof] to practice or offer to work in this State as a contractor, as defined herein, without a license issued under the provisions of this article, or advertise or use any title or description tending to convey the impression that the person is a  licensed contractor or subcontractor, as defined herein, unless such person has been duly licensed under the provisions of this article.

“Contractor” means a person who in any capacity for compensation, other than as an employee of another, undertakes, offers to undertake, purports to have the capacity to undertake, or submits a bid to construct, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, improve, move, wreck, or demolish any building, highway, road, railroad, structure or excavation associated with a project, development or improvement, or to do any part thereof, including the erection of scaffolding or other structures or works in connection therewith, where the cost of the undertaking is $2,500 or more. Contractor includes a construction manager who performs management and counseling services for a construction project for a professional fee.

“Specialty contractor” means a person who engages in specialty contracting services which do not substantially fall within the scope of any contractor classification as set out herein.

“Subcontractor” means a person who performs a portion of a project undertaken by a principal or general contractor or another subcontractor.

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