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R156. Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Rule R156-55a. Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act Rule.

As in effect on August 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R156-55a-101. Title.

This rule shall be known as the "Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act Rule".

R156-55a-102. Definitions.

In addition to the definitions in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 55, as defined or used in this rule:

(1) "AARST-NRPP" means the National Radon Proficiency Program.

(2) "Construction trades instructor", as used in Subsection 58-55-301(2)(t) is clarified to mean the education facility which is issued the license as a construction trades instructor. It does not mean individuals employed by the facility who may teach classes.

(3) "Construction trades instruction facility" means the facility which is granted the license as a construction trades instructor as specified in Subsection 58-55-301(2)(t) and as clarified in R156-55a-102(2).

(4) "Employee", as used in Subsections 58-55-102(13) and 58-55-102(18), means a person providing labor services in the construction trades who works for a licensed contractor, or the substantial equivalent of a licensed contractor as determined by the Division, for compensation who has federal and state taxes withheld and workers' compensation and unemployment insurance provided by the person's employer.

(5) "Incidental", as used in Subsection 58-55-102(45), means work which:

(a) can be safely and competently performed by a specialty contractor;

(b) arises from, and is directly related to, work performed in the licensed specialty classification;

(c) does not exceed 10 percent of the overall contract; and

(d) does not include performance of any electrical or plumbing work.

(6) "Maintenance" means the repair, replacement and refinishing of any component of an existing structure; but, does not include alteration or modification to the existing weight-bearing structural components.

(7) "Mechanical", as used in Subsections 58-55-102(22) and 58-55-102(35), means the work which may be performed by a S350 HVAC Contractor under Section R156-55a-301.

(8) "NABCEP" means the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

(9) "NASCLA" means the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies.

(10) "NRSB" means the National Radon Safety Board.

(11) "Personal property" means, as it relates to Title 58, Chapter 56, factory built housing and modular construction, a structure which is titled by the Motor Vehicles Division, state of Utah, and taxed as personal property.

(12) "Qualifier", as used in Title 58, Chapter 55 and this rule, means the individual who demonstrates competence for a contractor or construction trades instruction facility license by satisfying the requirements to obtain the contractor or construction trades instruction facility license.

(13) "RMGA" means the Rocky Mountain Gas Association.

(14) "School" means a Utah school district, technical college, or accredited college.

R156-55a-103. Authority.

This rule is adopted by the Division under the authority of Subsections 58-1-106(1)(a) and 58-55-103(1)(b)(i) to enable the Division to administer Title 58, Chapter 55.

R156-55a-104. Organization - Relationship to Rule R156-1.

The organization of this rule and its relationship to Rule R156-1 is as described in Section R156-1-107.

R156-55a-301. License Classifications - Scope of Practice.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-301(2), the classifications of licensure are listed and described in this section. The contractor classifications listed are those determined to significantly impact the public health, safety, and welfare. A person engaged in work included in Subsections R156-55a-301(7) and (8) is exempt from licensure in accordance with Subsection 58-55-305(1)(i).

(2) Licenses shall be issued in the following primary classifications and subclassifications:

E100 - General Engineering Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(24).

B100 - General Building Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(22). The scope of practice includes the scope of practice of every specialty contractor in Subsection R156-55a-301(2) except:

(a) activities described in this Subsection under specialty classification S202 - Solar Photovoltaic Contractor unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NABCEP; and

(b) activities described in this Subsection under specialty classification S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor, unless:

(i) the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP; or

(ii) the work is limited to installation of passive radon gas controls on new construction in accordance with Appendix F of the International Residential Code.

B200 - Modular Unit Installation Contractor. Set up or installation of modular units as defined in Subsection 15A-1-302(8) and constructed in accordance with Section 15A-1-304. The scope of practice:

(a) includes construction of the permanent or temporary foundations, placement of the modular unit on a permanent or temporary foundation, securing the units together, if required, and securing the modular units to the foundations; and

(b) excludes installation of factory built housing and connection of required utilities.

R100 - Residential and Small Commercial Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(35). The scope of practice does not include:

(a) activities described in this Subsection under specialty classification S202 - Solar Photovoltaic Contractor, unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NABCEP; and

(b) activities described in this Subsection under specialty classification S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor, unless:

(i) the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP; or

(ii) the work is limited to installation of passive radon gas controls on new construction in accordance with Appendix F of the International Residential Code.

R101 - Residential and Small Commercial Non Structural Remodeling and Repair. Remodeling and repair to any existing structure built for support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind with the restriction that:

(a) no change is made to the bearing portions of the existing structure, including footings, foundation, and weight bearing walls; and

(b) the entire project is less than $50,000 in total cost, including materials and labor.

R200 - Factory Built Housing Contractor. Disconnection, setup, installation, or removal of manufactured housing on a temporary or permanent basis. The scope of work:

(a) includes placing the manufactured housing on a permanent or temporary foundation, securing the units together if required, securing the manufactured housing to the foundation, and connecting the utilities from the near proximity, such as a meter, to the manufactured housing unit, and construction of foundations of less than four feet six inches in height;

(b) excludes preparation or finishing, excavation of the ground in the area where a foundation is to be constructed, back filling, and grading around the foundation, construction of foundations of more than four feet six inches in height, and construction of utility services from the utility source to and including the meter or meters if required or if not required to the near proximity of the manufactured housing unit from which they are connected to the unit.

E200 - General Electrical Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(23). The scope of practice does not include activities described in this Subsection under specialty classification S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP.

E201 - Residential Electrical Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(37). The scope of practice does not include activities described in this subsection under specialty classification S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP.

S202 - Solar Photovoltaic Contractor. Fabrication, construction, installation, and replacement of photovoltaic modules and related components, subject to the following:

(a) An S202 Solar Photovoltaic Contractor shall hold a current certificate issued by NABCEP.

(b) Wiring, connections and wire methods as governed in the National Electrical Code and Subsection R156-55b-102(1) shall only be performed by an E200 General Electrical Contractor or E201 Residential Electrical Contractor.

(c) S202 - Solar Photovoltaic Contractor licensure is not required to install standalone solar systems that do not tie into premises wiring or into the electrical utility, such as signage or street or parking lighting.

(d) An S202 Solar Photovoltaic Contractor may subcontract with an E200 General Electrical Contractor or E201 Residential Electrical Contractor for their projects.

P200 - General Plumbing Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(25). The scope of practice:

(a) includes the furnishing of materials, fixtures, and labor to extend service from a building out to the main water, sewer, or gas pipeline; and

(b) does not include activities described under specialty classification S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor, unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP.

P201 - Residential Plumbing Contractor. A contractor licensed to perform work as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(42). The Residential Plumbing Contractor scope of practice does not include activities described in this subsection under specialty classification S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP.

S220 - Carpentry and Flooring Contractor. The scope of practice includes the construction, fabrication, installation, placing, tying, welding. or repair:

(a) using wood, wood products, metal, metal products, metal studs, vinyl materials, plastic, fiberglass, countertops, cabinets, millwork, garage doors, doors, tub liners, wall systems, partitions, or other wood/plastic/metal composites as is by custom and usage accepted in the building industry as carpentry for structural, non-structural, and finish purposes;

(b) metal or steel structures and sheet metal, including metal cornices, marquees, metal soffits, flashings, skylights, and skydomes;

(c) metal structural studs and bearing walls, reinforcing bars, erecting shapes, plates of any profile, perimeter cross-section that are used in structures, including riveting, welding, and rigging;

(d) incidental concrete work and footings, grading, and surface preparation related to any Carpentry and Flooring Contractor scope of work;

(e) laminate, tile, cement, wood, synthetic wood, or similar flooring product, including prefinished and unfinished material, sanding, staining and finishing of new and existing flooring, the underlayment, and subfloors; and

(f) mechanical insulation of pipes, ducts, or conduits.

S230 - Masonry, Siding, Stucco, Glass, and Rain Gutter Contractor. The scope of practice includes the construction fabrication, and installation of:

(a) siding, stucco, stucco to lathe, plaster, glass, glass substitutes, glass-holding members, rain gutters, drains, roof flashings, gravel stops, and metal ridges;

(b) natural or synthetic stone, onyx, ceramic, granite, onice, corian, brick, block, forms, brick substitutes, clay, concrete blocks, terra-cotta, marble, tile, gypsum tile, glass block, clay tile, copings, plastic refractories, and castables;

(c) shower pans.

S260 - Asphalt and Concrete Contractor. Fabrication, construction, mixing, batching, injecting, spraying, resurfacing, sealing, and/or installation of asphalt, asphalt overlay, chip seal, fog seal, slurry seal, concrete, gunnite, grouting, coatings, sealant, and related concrete products along with the placing and setting of screeds for pavement for flatwork, the construction of forms, shoring material, placing and erection of bars for reinforcing and application of plaster and other cement-related products. The scope of practice includes:

(a) excavation, grading, compacting, and laying of fill or base-related thereto;

(b) painting or coating the surfaces, including striping, directional, and other types of symbols or letters;

(c) fabrication, construction, and/or installation of forms and shoring material.

S270 - Drywall, Paint, and Plastering Contractor. The scope of practice includes the construction, installation, fabrication, and application of:

(a) drywall, gypsum, wallboard panels and assemblies, lightweight metal and non-bearing wall partitions, ceiling tile and panels, and the grid system required for placement.

(b) insulating media in buildings and structures for the purpose of temperature control, sound control, fireproofing, mechanical insulation of pipes, ducts, or conduits; and

(c) stucco, stucco to lathe, plaster, and other surfaces; and

(d) paints, varnishes, shellacs, stains, waxes and other coatings or pigments.

S280 - Roofing Contractor. Application and installation of asphalt, pitch, tar, felt, flax, shakes, shingles, roof tile, slate, and any other material or materials, or any combination of the above which use and custom has established as usable for, or which are now used as, water-proof, weatherproof, or watertight seal or membranes for roofs and surfaces; and roof conversion; non-electrical skylights; and electrical skylights provided that the electrical connection is performed by a licensed electrical contractor. The scope of practice includes installation of any insulating media in buildings and structures for the sole purpose of temperature control, sound control, fireproofing, and mechanical insulation of pipes, ducts, or conduits. Incidental work includes the installation of roof clamp ring to the roof drain.

S310 - Foundation, Excavation, and Demolition Contractor. The scope of practice includes:

(a) moving of the earth's surface or placing earthen materials on the earth's surface, by use of hand or power machinery and tools, including explosives, in any operation of cut, fill, excavation, grading, trenching, backfilling, or combination thereof as they are generally practiced in the construction trade; and

(b) excavation, drilling, compacting, pumping, sealing and other work necessary to construct, alter, or repair piers, piles, footings, and foundations placed in the earth's subsurface to prevent structural settling and to provide an adequate capacity to sustain or transmit the structural load to the soil or rock below; and

(c) raising, cribbing, underpinning, moving, and removal of a building, structure, or matter appurtenant or incidental to any building or structure.

S330 - Landscape and Recreation Contractor: This scope of practice includes the following construction, fabrication, and installation:

(a) grading and preparing land for architectural, horticultural, or decorative treatment;

(b) arrangement, and planting of gardens, lawns, shrubs, vines, bushes, trees, or other decorative vegetation;

(c) swimming pools, prefabricated pools, spas, decorative pools, tanks, fountains, sprinkler systems, water distribution systems for artificial watering or irrigation, for systems not connected to the culinary water system, or, if water delivery for the system is connected to the culinary water system and separated from the culinary water system by a backflow prevention device, the contractor may connect the system to the backflow prevention device, if the backflow prevention device is installed by an actively licensed plumber;

(d) metal fireboxes, fireplaces, and wood or coal-burning stoves, including the installation of venting and exhaust systems, provided the individual performing the installation is RMGA-certified;

(e) retaining walls except retaining walls which are intended to hold vehicles, structures, equipment or other non-natural fill materials within the area located within a 45 degree angle from the base of the retaining wall to the level of where the additional weight bearing vehicles, structures, equipment or other non-natural fill materials are located;

(f) patios, patio areas, and decking, including the deck structure and substructure;

(g) hothouses, greenhouses, walks, and garden lighting of class two or class three power-limited circuits as defined in the National Electrical Code;

(h) fences, guardrails, handrails, and barriers;

(i) sports and athletic courts and fields including football fields, tennis courts, racquetball courts, handball courts, basketball courts, running tracks, playgrounds, or any similar court or field; this includes poles, standards, surface painting or coatings, floors, floor subsurface, wall surface, perimeter walls, perimeter fencing, or other equipment; and

(j) incidental concrete or asphalt work related to any Landscape and Recreation Contractor scope of practice.

(k) This classification does not include any electrical or plumbing trade work, but an S330 Landscape and Recreation Contractor may subcontract with a plumbing and electrical contractor for their projects.

S350 - HVAC Contractor. Fabrication and installation of complete warm air heating, air conditioning and ventilating systems. This scope of practice includes installation of refrigeration equipment, including built-in refrigerators, refrigerated rooms, insulated refrigerated spaces and equipment related thereto. The scope of practice does not include activities described under S354-Radon Mitigation Contractor unless the work is performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP. An HVAC Contractor may hire or subcontract an RMGA-certified licensed contractor for any gas-related work. The scope of practice does not include electrical trade work.

S354 - Radon Mitigation Contractor. Layout, fabrication, and installation of a radon mitigation system. Work performed under this classification shall be performed under the immediate supervision of an employee who holds a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP. The scope of practice does not include:

(a) work on heat recovery ventilation or makeup air components that must be performed by an HVAC Contractor; or

(b) electrical trade work that must be performed by an Electrical Contractor.

S370 - Fire Suppression Systems Contractor. Layout, fabrication, and installation of fire protection systems using water, steam, gas, or chemicals. When a potable sanitary water supply system is used as the source of supply, connection to the water system must be accomplished by a licensed plumbing contractor. Excluded from this classification are persons engaged in the installation of fire suppression systems in hoods above cooking appliances.

S410 - Boiler, Pipeline, Waste Water, and Water Conditioner Contractor. The scope of practice includes the fabrication, construction, and installation of:

(a) pipes, conduit, or cables for the conveyance and transmission from one station to another of such products as water, steam, gases, chemicals, slurries, other substances, data or communications, geo-thermal systems, or solar thermal systems up to where the system interfaces with any other plumbing system;

(b) installation of above and below ground petroleum and petro-chemical storage tanks, piping, dispensing equipment, monitoring equipment, and associated petroleum and petro-chemical equipment including excavation, backfilling, concrete and asphalt;

(c) insulation of pipes, ducts, and conduits;

(d) excavation, cabling, horizontal boring, grading, trenching, and backfilling necessary for construction of any work related to the Boiler, Pipeline, Waste Water, and Water Conditioner Contractor scope of practice;

(e) fire-tube and water-tube power boilers and hot water heating boilers, including all fittings and piping, valves, gauges, pumps, radiators, converters, fuel oil tanks, fuel lines, chimney flues, heat insulation and all other devices, apparatus, and equipment related thereto in a system not connected to the culinary water system. If water delivery for the system is connected to the culinary water system and separated from the culinary water system by a backflow prevention device, a S410 Boiler, Pipeline, Waste Water, and Water Conditioner Contractor may connect the system to the backflow prevention device, but the device must be installed by an actively licensed plumber;

(f) water conditioning equipment and only such pipe and fittings as are necessary for connecting the water conditioning equipment to the water supply system within the premises;

(g) sewer, sewer lines, sewage disposal, septic tank, and drainage including excavation and grading with respect thereto, and the construction of sewage disposal plants and appurtenances thereto; and

(h) incidental cement or asphalt work related to the Boiler, Pipeline, Waste Water, and Water Conditioner Contractor scope of practice.

S440 - Sign Installation Contractor. Installation of electrical or non-electrical signs and graphic displays which require installation permits or permission as issued by state or local governmental jurisdictions, subject to the following:

(a) "Signs and graphic displays" includes signs of all types, both lighted and unlighted, permanent highway marker signs, illuminated awnings, electronic message centers, sculptures or graphic representations including logos and trademarks intended to identify or advertise the user or product, building trim or lighting with neon or decorative fixtures, and any other animated, moving or stationary device used for advertising or identification purposes.

(b) "Non-electrical signs and graphics displays" means outdoor advertising signs that do not have electrical lighting or other electrical requirements, and that are fabricated, installed, and erected in accordance with professionally engineered specifications.

(c) Signs and graphic displays must be fabricated, installed and erected in accordance with professionally engineered specifications and wiring in accordance with the National Electrical Code;

(d) The scope of practice does not include electrical trade work, but an S440 Sign Installation Contractor may subcontract with an electrical contractor for their projects.

S510 - Elevator Contractor. Erecting, constructing, installing, altering, servicing, repairing or maintaining an elevator.

S700 - Limited Scope License Contractor.

(a) A limited scope license is a license that confines the scope of the allowable contracting work to a specialized area of construction, which the Division grants on a case-by-case basis.

(b) When applying for a limited scope license, an applicant, if requested, shall submit to the Division the following:

(i) a detailed statement of the type and scope of contracting work that the applicant proposes to perform and an explanation why the scope of practice is not included in any other current classification; and

(ii) any brochures, catalogs, photographs, diagrams, or other material to further clarify the scope of the work that the applicant proposes to perform.

(3)(a) A specialty license contractor, as defined in Subsection 58-55-102(45), shall be confined to the field and scope of work as outlined by the Division.

(b) A specialty license contractor may subcontract with a specialty license contractor that holds the same classification as the hiring contractor.

(4)(a) A licensee may hold up to three specialty license classifications, in addition to any general contractor classifications, except that an R101 Residential and Small Commercial Non-Structural Remodeling and Repair contractor may not have any other specialty classifications.

(b) A licensee may change classifications at any time by surrendering a license, and by applying for any license for which the licensee is qualified and as permitted by law.

(c) To qualify for licensure, an applicant for renewal or reinstatement shall surrender or replace the applicant's contractor classifications as needed to comply with Subsection (4)(a).

(5) Effective July 22, 2019:

(a) Contractor licenses that have the following contractor classifications shall be converted to the corresponding classifications in Table 1:

                                                    TABLE 1

Current Classification                   Converted To

P202                                       S410
P204                                       S410
P205                                       S410
P206                                       S410
P207                                       S410
P203                                       S330
E202                                       S202
S221, S222                                 S220
S231                                       S230
S240                                       S230
S250                                       S270
S261, S262, S263                           S260
S272, S273                                 S270
S290, S291, S292, S293, S294               S230
S300                                       S270
S320, S321, S322, S323                     S220
S340                                       S220
S351, S352, S353                           S350
S360                                       S350
S380                                       S330
S390                                       S410
S400                                       S260
S420, S421                                 S330
S430                                       S330
S441                                       S440
S450                                       S410
S460                                       S310
S470                                       S410
S480                                       S310
S490                                       S220
S491                                       S220
S500                                       S330
S600                                       S230
I101                                       E100
I102                                       B100
I103                                       E200
I104                                       P200
I105                                       S350
                                                            

(6) The scope of practice for the following primary classifications includes the scope of practice stated in the descriptions for the following subsclassifications and a licensee with the following primary classification may subcontract with a licensee with an included subclassification:

                                                    TABLE 2

     Primary Classification     Included subclassifications
          E200                  E201, S202
          P200                  P201
          S350                  S354
          S420                  S421
          S440                  S441
          S490                  S491
                                                            

(7) The following activities are determined to not significantly impact the public health, safety and welfare and therefore do not require a contractors license:

(a) sandblasting;

(b) pumping services;

(c) tree stump or tree removal;

(d) installation within a building of communication cables including phone and cable television;

(e) installation of class two or class three power-limited circuits as defined in the National Electrical Code;

(f) construction of utility sheds, gazebos, or other similar items which are personal property and not attached to:

(i) a residential or commercial building; or

(ii) a foundation;

(g) building and window washing, including power washing;

(h) central vacuum systems installation;

(i) concrete cutting;

(j) interior decorating;

(k) wall paper hanging;

(l) drapery and blind installation;

(m) welding on personal property which is not attached;

(n) chimney sweepers other than repairing masonry;

(o) carpet and vinyl floor installation;

(p) artificial turf installation;

(q) general cleanup of a construction site which does not include demolition or excavation;

(r) installation or removal of weather-stripping but does not include moisture vapor barriers;

(s) fabrication, installation, or removal of mirrors; and

(t) construction, installation, or removal of awnings and canopies, including attached or detached;

(u) pallet racking or metal shelving, whether attached or detached to the structure; and

(v) seismic strapping for pipes, appliances, and water heaters.

(8) The following activities are those determined to not significantly impact the public health, safety and welfare beyond the regulations by other agencies and therefore do not require a contractors license:

(a) lead removal regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality;

(b) asbestos removal regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality; and

(c) fire alarm installation regulated by the Fire Marshal.

R156-55a-302a. Qualifications for Licensure - Examinations.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-302(1)(c), no examination is required for the qualifier of an applicant for licensure as a contractor except for the Utah Contractor Business and Law Examination for the classifications listed in Subsection 58-55-302(1)(c)(ii).

(2) An applicant who fails an examination may retake the failed examination as follows:

(a) no sooner than 30 days following any failure, up to three failures; and

(b) no sooner than six months following any failure thereafter.

R156-55a-302b. Qualifications for Licensure - Experience Requirements.

(1) "Experience in the construction industry" as defined in Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(ii) is more broad in scope than the definition of "construction trades" and includes:

(a) Experience in the construction industry regardless if paid as a W-2, or as an owner, and regardless of whether licensed or exempt.

(b) Experience while performing construction activities in the military.

(c) Experience obtained under the supervision of a construction trades instructor as a part of an educational program is qualifying experience for a contractor's license.

(2)(a) "Two years full-time paid employment", as defined in Subsection 58-55-302910(e)(ii)(A), shall be a total of 4,000 hours paid employment.

(b) The following shall satisfy the experience requirement in Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(ii)(A):

(i) a passing score on the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors;

(ii) a four-year bachelor's degree or a two-year associate's degree in Construction Management; or

(iii) a Utah professional engineer license.

(3) Requirements for S202 Solar Photovoltaic Contractor. In addition to the requirements of Subsections (1) and (2), an applicant shall hold a current certificate by the NABCEP.

(4) Requirements for S354 Radon Mitigation Contractor. In addition to the requirements of Subsections (1) and (2), an applicant shall hold a current certificate issued by the NRSB or the AARST-NRPP.

R156-55a-302d. Qualifications for Licensure - Proof of Insurance and Registrations.

In accordance with the provisions of Subsection 58-55-302(2)(b), an applicant who is approved for licensure shall submit proof of liability insurance which provides coverage for the scope of work performed, in force for the entire duration of active licensure, and in coverage amounts of at least $100,000 for each incident and $300,000 in total by means of a certificate of insurance naming the Division as a certificate holder.

R156-55a-302e. Requirements for Construction Trades Instructors, Schools and Colleges.

In accordance with Subsection 58-55-302(1)(f), any school that provides instruction to students by engaging in the construction trade for the public as part of the instruction is required to be a Utah licensed contractor with the classification in the scope of practice in which the students are being instructed.

R156-55a-302f. Pre-licensure Education - Standards.

(1) Qualifier Education Requirement. The 25-hour pre-licensure course required by Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(iii) and the five-hour pre-licensure course required by Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(iv) shall be completed by the qualifier for a contractor license applicant.

(a) Any approved 20-hour pre-licensure course completed by the qualifier before November 30, 2017 shall be accepted by the Division as satisfaction of the 25-hour and five-hour pre-licensure course requirements in Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(iii) and (iv).

(b) Any approved 25-hour pre-license course completed by the qualifier before July 1, 2019 shall be accepted by the Division as satisfaction of the 25-hour and five-hour pre-license course requirements in Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(iii) and (iv).

(2) Content of the 25-hour course. The 25-hour course may include a provider-administered exam at the end of the course for no additional fee, and shall include the following topics and hours of education relevant to the practice of the construction trades consistent with the laws and rules of this state:

(a) 15 hours of financial responsibility instruction that includes the following:

(i) record keeping and financial statements;

(ii) payroll, including:

(A) payroll taxes;

(B) worker compensation insurance requirements;

(C) unemployment insurance requirements;

(D) professional employer organization (employee leasing) alternatives;

(E) prohibitions regarding paying employees on 1099 forms as independent contractors, unless licensed or exempted;

(F) employee benefits; and

(G) Fair Labor Standard Act;

(iii) cash flow;

(iv) insurance requirements including auto, liability, and health; and

(v) independent contractor licensure and exemption requirements;

(b) six hours of construction business practices that includes the following:

(i) estimating and bidding;

(ii) contracts;

(iii) project management;

(iv) subcontractors; and

(v) suppliers;

(c) two hours of regulatory requirements that includes the following:

(i) licensing laws;

(ii) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);

(iii) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and

(iv) consumer protection laws; and

(d) two hours of mechanic lien fundamentals that include the State Construction Registry.

(3) Content of the five-hour course. The five-hour course shall include five hours of education on the topics covered in the Utah Contractor Business and Law examination. The five-hour course may include a provider-administered exam at the end of the course for no additional fee.

(4) Program Schedule.

(a) An approved pre-licensure course provider shall offer the 25-hour and five-hour course:

(i) at least 12 times per year; and

(ii) comply with Subsection 58-55-102(7)(b).

(b) An approved pre-licensure course provider is not obligated to provide a course if the provider determines the enrollment is not sufficient to reach breakeven on cost.

(5) Program Instruction Requirements: The pre-licensure course shall meet the following standards:

(a) Time. Each hour of pre-licensure course credit shall consist of 50 minutes of education in the form of live lectures or training sessions. Time allowed for lunches or breaks may not be counted as part of the course time for which course credit is issued.

(b) Learning Objectives. The learning objectives of the pre-licensure course shall be reasonably and clearly stated.

(c) Teaching Methods. The pre-licensure course shall be presented in a competent and well organized manner consistent with the stated purpose and objective of the program. The student must demonstrate knowledge of the course material.

(d) Faculty. The pre-licensure course shall be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education, training or experience.

(e) Distance Learning. Distance learning, internet courses, and home study courses are not allowed to meet pre-licensure course requirements.

(f) Registration and Attendance. The provider shall have a competent method of registration and verification of attendance of individuals who complete the pre-licensure education.

(g) Education Curriculum and Study/Resource Guide. The provider shall be responsible to provide or develop pre-licensure course curriculum and study/resource guide for the pre-licensure course that must be pre-approved by the Commission and the Division prior to use by the provider.

(h) Live Broadcast. The pre-licensure education course may be taught by live broadcast if:

(i) the student and the instructor are able to see and hear each other; and

(ii) a representative of the provider is at any remote location to monitor registration and attendance at the course.

(6) Certificates of Completion. The pre-licensure course provider shall provide individuals completing the pre-licensure course a certificate that contains the following information:

(a) the date of the pre-licensure course;

(b) the name of the pre-licensure course provider;

(c) the attendee's name;

(d) verification of completion; and

(e) the signature of the pre-licensure course provider.

(7) Reporting of Program Completion. A pre-licensure course provider shall, within seven calendar days, submit directly to the Division verification of attendance and completion on behalf of persons attending and completing the program. This verification shall be submitted on forms provided by the Division.

(8) Program Monitoring. On a random basis, the Division or Commission may assign monitors at no charge to attend a pre-licensure course for the purpose of evaluating the course and the instructor(s).

(9) Documentation Retention. Each provider shall for a period of four years maintain adequate documentation as proof of compliance with this section and shall, upon request, make such documentation available for review by the Division or the Commission. Documentation shall include:

(a) the dates of all pre-licensure courses that have been completed;

(b) registration and attendance logs of individuals who completed the pre-licensure course;

(c) the name of instructors for each course provided as a part of the program; and

(d) pre-licensure course handouts and materials.

(10) Disciplinary Proceedings. As provided in Section 58-1-401 and Subsection 58-55-302(1)(e)(iii), the Division may refuse to renew or may revoke, suspend, restrict, place on probation, issue a public reprimand to, or otherwise act upon the approval of any pre-licensure course provider, if the pre-licensure course provider fails to meet any of the requirements of this section or the provider has engaged in other unlawful or unprofessional conduct.

(11) Exemptions. In accordance with Subsections 58-55-302(1)(e)(iii) and (iv), the following persons are not required to complete the pre-licensure course program requirements:

(a) a person holding a four-year bachelor degree or a two-year associate degree in Construction Management from an accredited program;

(b) a person holding an active and unrestricted Utah professional engineer license;

(c) a person who is or has been a qualifier on an active and unrestricted contractor license within the past five years.

R156-55a-303a. Renewal Cycle - Procedures.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-1-308(1), the renewal date for the two year renewal cycle applicable to licensees under Title 58, Chapter 55 is established by rule in Section R156-1-308a(1).

(2) Renewal procedures shall be in accordance with Section R156-1-308c.

(3) In accordance with Subsections 58-55-501(21) and 58-1-308(3)(b)(i), there is established a continuing education requirement for license renewal. Each licensee, or the licensee's qualifier, or an officer, director, or supervising individual, as designated by the licensee, shall comply with the continuing education requirements set forth in Section R156-55a-303b.

(4) All contractors shall renew their license in an online form approved by the Division, except as permitted by the Division in writing.

R156-55a-303b. Continuing Education - Standards.

(1) Required Hours. Pursuant to Subsection 58-55-302.5, each licensee shall complete six hours of continuing education during each two-year license term. A minimum of three hours shall be core education; the remaining three hours may be professional education or core education. A minimum of three hours shall consist of live in-class attendance; the remaining three hours may consist of distance learning courses.

(a) Regular attendance by a commission member on the Construction Services Commission shall satisfy the member's continuing education requirements under Section 58-55-302.5.

(b) For an HVAC contractor licensee, at least three of the six hours described in Subsection (1) shall include continuing education directly related to the installation, repair, or replacement of a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system.

(c) For all contractors with a renewal cycle that ends after January 1, 2020, at least one of the six hours described in Subsection (1) shall include energy conservation.

(d) "Core continuing education" is defined as construction codes, construction laws, job site safety, OSHA 10 or OSHA 30 safety training, governmental regulations pertaining to the construction trades and employee verification and payment practices, finance, bookkeeping, energy conservation, and construction business practices.

(e) "Professional continuing education" is defined as substantive subjects dealing with the practice of the construction trades, including land development, land use, planning and zoning, professional development, arbitration practices, estimating, marketing techniques, servicing clients, personal and property protection for the licensee and the licensee's clients and similar topics.

(f) The following course subject matter is not acceptable as core education or professional education hours: mechanical office and business skills, such as typing, speed reading, memory improvement and report writing; physical well-being or personal development, such as personal and business motivation, stress management, time management, dress for success, or similar subjects; presentations by a supplier or a supplier representative to promote a particular product or line of products; and meetings held in conjunction with the general business of the licensee or employer.

(g) The Division may defer or waive the continuing education requirements as provided in Section R156-1-308d.

(2) A continuing education course shall meet the following standards:

(a) Time. Each hour of continuing education course credit shall consist of 50 minutes of education in the form of seminars, lectures, conferences, training sessions or distance learning modules. The remaining ten minutes is to allow for breaks.

(b) Provider. The course provider shall be among those specified in Subsection 58-55-302.5(2).

(c) Content. The content of the course shall be relevant to the practice of the construction trades and consistent with the laws and rules of this state.

(d) Objectives. The learning objectives of the course shall be reasonably and clearly stated.

(e) Teaching Methods. The course shall be presented in a competent, well organized and sequential manner consistent with the stated purpose and objective of the program.

(f) Faculty. The course shall be prepared and presented by individuals who are qualified by education, training and experience.

(g) Distance learning. A course that is provided through Internet or home study may be recognized for continuing education if the course verifies registration and participation in the course by means of a test demonstrating that the participant has learned the material presented. Test questions shall be randomized for each participant. A home study course shall include no fewer than five variations of the final examination, distributed randomly to participants. Home study courses, including the five exam variations, shall be submitted in their entirety to the Division for review. Providers shall track the following:

(i) the amount of time each student has spent in the course;

(ii) what activities the student did or did not access; and

(iii) all of the student's test scores.

(h) Documentation. The course provider shall have a competent method of registration of individuals who actually completed the course, shall maintain records of attendance that are available for review by the Division and shall provide individuals completing the course a certificate that contains the following information:

(i) the date of the course;

(ii) the name of the course provider;

(iii) the name of the instructor;

(iv) the course title;

(v) the hours of continuing education credit and type of credit (core or professional);

(vi) the attendee's name; and

(v) the signature of the course provider.

(i) Live Broadcast. A course provided through live broadcast may be recognized for live in-class continuing education credit if the student and the instructor are able to see and hear each other.

(3) On a random basis, the Division may assign monitors at no charge to attend a course for the purpose of evaluating the course and the instructor.

(4) Each licensee shall maintain adequate documentation as proof of compliance with this section, such as certificates of completion, course handouts and materials. The licensee shall retain this proof for a period of three years from the end of the renewal period for which the continuing education is due. Each licensee shall assure that the course provider has submitted the verification of attendance to the continuing education registry on behalf of the licensee as specified in Subsection (8). Alternatively, the licensee may submit the course for approval and pay any course approval fees and attendance recording fees.

(5) Licensees who lecture in continuing education courses meeting these requirements shall receive two hours of continuing education for each hour spent lecturing. However, no lecturing or teaching credit is available for participation in a panel discussion.

(6) The continuing education requirement for electricians, plumbers and elevator mechanics as established in Subsections 58-55-302.7, if offered by a provider specified in Subsection 58-55-302.5(2), shall satisfy the continuing education requirement for contractors as established in Subsection 58-55-302.5 and implemented herein. The contractor licensee shall assure that the course provider has submitted the verification of the electrician's, plumber's or elevator mechanic's attendance on behalf of the licensee to the continuing education registry as specified in Subsection (8).

(7) A course provider shall submit continuing education courses to the continuing education registry and shall submit verification of attendance and completion on behalf of licensees attending and completing the program directly to the continuing education registry in the format required by the continuing education registry.

(8) The Division shall review continuing education courses which have been submitted through the continuing education registry and approve only those courses which meet the standards set forth under this Section.

(9) As provided in Section 58-1-401 and Subsections 58-55-302.5(2) and 58-55-302.7(4)(a), the Division may refuse to renew or may revoke, suspend, restrict, place on probation, issue a public reprimand to, or otherwise act upon the approval of any course or provider, if the course or provider fails to meet any of the requirements of this section or the provider has engaged in unlawful or unprofessional conduct.

(10) Continuing Education Registry.

(a) The Division shall designate an entity to act as the Continuing Education Registry under this rule.

(b) The Continuing Education Registry, in consultation with the Division and the Commission, shall:

(i) through its internet site electronically receive applications from continuing education course providers and shall submit the application for course approval to the Division for review and approval of only those programs that meet the standards set forth under this Section;

(ii) publish on their website listings of continuing education programs that have been approved by the Division, and which meet the standards for continuing education credit under this rule;

(iii) maintain accurate records of qualified continuing education approved;

(iv) maintain accurate records of verification of attendance and completion, by individual licensee, which the licensee may review for compliance with this rule; and

(v) make records of approved continuing education programs and attendance and completion available for audit by representatives of the Division.

(c) Fees. A continuing education registry may charge a reasonable fee to continuing education providers or licensees for services provided for review and approval of continuing education programs.

R156-55a-304. Contractor License Qualifiers.

(1) The capacity and material authority specified in Subsection 58-55-304(4) is clarified as follows:

(a) Except as allowed in Subsection (b), the qualifier must receive remuneration for work performed for the contractor licensee for not less than 12 hours of work per week;.

(i) If the qualifier is an owner of the business, the remuneration may be in the form of owner's profit distributions or dividends with a minimum ownership of 20 percent of the contractor licensee.

(ii) If the qualifier is an officer or manager of the contractor licensee, the remuneration must be in the form of W-2 wages.

(b) The 12 hour minimum in Subsection (a) may be reduced if the total of all hours worked by all owners and employees is less than 50 hours per week, in which case the minimum may not be less than 20 percent of the total hours of work performed by all owners and employees of the contractor.

(2)(a) A qualifier may hold up to three specialty classifications, in addition to any general contractor classifications, except that an R101 Residential and Small Commercial Non-Structural Remodeling and Repair qualifier may not have any other specialty classifications.

(b) A qualifier may change classifications at any time by surrendering a classification, and by applying for any classification for which the qualifier is permitted by law.

(c) A current qualifier shall surrender or replace the qualifier's classifications as needed to comply with Subsection (2)(a) at the time of any renewal or reinstatement involving the qualifier.

(3) A qualifier may not act as the qualifier for more than three licensees at any one time, unless:

(a) the qualifier demonstrates by sufficient evidence satisfactory to the Commission and the Division that the qualifier exercises material authority over the businesses; and

(b) written approval is granted by the Commission and the Division.

R156-55a-305. Compliance Agency Reporting of Sole Owner Building Permits Issued.

In accordance with Subsection 58-55-305(2), a compliance agency that issues building permits to sole owners of property shall submit, within 30 days of issuance, the following information concerning each building permit issued in its jurisdiction, to a Division-designated fax number, email address, or written mailing address:

(1) building permit number;

(2) date issued;

(3) issuing compliance agency's name, address, and phone number;

(4) sole owner's full name, home address, and phone number;

(5) building site subdivision and lot number.

R156-55a-305a. Exempt Contractors Filing Affirmation of Liability and Workers Compensation Insurance.

(1) Initial affirmation. In accordance with Subsection 58-55-305(1)(h)(ii)(H), any person claiming exemption under Subsection 58-55-305(1)(h) for projects with a value greater than $1,000 but less than $3,000 shall file a registration of exemption with the Division which includes:

(a) the identity and address of the person claiming the exemption; and

(b) a statement signed by the registrant verifying:

(i) that the person has liability insurance in force which includes the Division being named as a certificate holder, the policy number, the expiration date of the policy, the insurance company name and contact information, and coverage amounts of at least $100,000 for each incident and $300,000 in total; and

(ii) that the person has workers compensation insurance in force which names the Division as a certificate holder, includes the policy number, the expiration date of the policy, the insurance company name and contact information; or

(iii) that the person does not hire employees and is therefore exempt from the requirement to have workers compensation insurance.

(2) Periodic reaffirmations required. The affirmation required under Subsection (1) shall be reaffirmed on or before November 30 of each odd numbered year.

R156-55a-306. Contractor Financial Responsibility - Division Audit.

In accordance with Subsections 58-55-302(10)(c), 58-55-306, and 58-55-102(20), the Division may consider various relevant factors in conducting a financial responsibility audit of an applicant, licensee, qualifier, or any owner, including:

(1)(a) judgments, tax liens, collection actions, bankruptcy schedules and a history of late payments to creditors, including documentation showing the resolution of each of the above actions;

(b) financial statements and tax returns, including the ability to prepare or have prepared competent and current financial statements and tax returns;

(c) an acceptable current credit report that meets the following requirements:

(i) for individuals:

(A) a credit report from each of the three national reporting agencies, Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax; or

(B) a tri-merged credit report of the agencies identified in Subsection (A); or

(ii) for entities, a business credit report such as an Experian Business Credit Report or a Dun and Bradstreet Report;

(d) an explanation of the reasons for any financial difficulties and how the financial difficulties were resolved;

(e) any of the factors listed in Subsection R156-1-302 that may relate to failure to maintain financial responsibility;

(f) each of the factors listed in this Subsection regarding the financial history of the owners of the applicant or licensee;

(g) any guaranty agreements provided for the applicant or licensee and any owners; and

(h) any history of prior entities owned or operated by the applicant, licensee, qualifier, or any owner that have failed to maintain financial responsibility.

R156-55a-308b. Natural Gas Technician Certification.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-308(1), the scope of practice defined in Subsection 58-55-308(2)(a) requiring certification is further defined as the installation, modification, maintenance, cleaning, repair or replacement of the gas piping, combustion air vents, exhaust venting system or derating of gas input for altitude of a residential or commercial gas appliance.

(2) An approved training program shall include the following course content:

(a) general gas appliance installation codes;

(b) venting requirements;

(c) combustion air requirements;

(d) gas line sizing codes;

(e) gas line approved materials requirements;

(f) gas line installation codes; and

(g) methods of derating gas appliances for elevation.

(3) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-308(2)(c)(i), the following programs are approved to provide natural gas technician training, and to issue certificates or documentation of exemption from certification:

(a) Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training;

(b) Utah college apprenticeship program;

(c) Trade union apprenticeship program;

(d) Rocky Mountain Gas Association; and

(e) Home Builders Association of Utah.

(4) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-308(3), the approved programs set forth in paragraphs (3)(b), (c), (d), and (e) herein shall require program participants to pass the RMGA Gas Appliance Installers Certification Exam, or equivalent exams approved by the Commission established or adopted by a training program, with a minimum passing score of 80%.

(5) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-308(3), a person who has not completed an approved training program, but has passed the RMGA Gas Exam or approved equivalent exam established or adopted by an approved training program, with a minimum passing score of 80%, or the Utah licensed Journeyman or Residential Journeyman Plumber Exam, with a minimum passing score of 70%, shall be exempt from the certification requirement set forth in Subsection 58-55-308(2)(c)(i).

(6) Content of certificates of completion. An approved program shall issue a certificate, including a wallet certificate, to persons who successfully complete their training program containing the following information:

(a) name of the program provider;

(b) name of the approved program;

(c) name of the certificate holder;

(d) the date the certification was completed; and

(e) signature of an authorized representative of the program provider.

(7) Documentation of exemption from certification. The following shall constitute documentation of exemption from certification:

(a) certification of completion of training issued by the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training;

(b) current Utah licensed Journeyman or Residential Journeyman plumber license; or

(c) certification from the RMGA or approved equivalent exam which shall include the following:

(i) name of the association, school, union, or other organization who administered the exam;

(ii) name of the person who passed the exam;

(iii) name of the exam;

(iv) the date the exam was passed; and

(v) signature of an authorized representative of the test administrator.

(8) Each person engaged in the scope of practice defined in Subsection 58-55-308(2)(a) and as further defined in Subsection (1) herein, shall carry in their possession documentation of certification or exemption.

R156-55a-311. Reorganization - Conversion of Contractor Business Entity.

(1) A conversion from one form of entity to another form where "Articles of Conversion" are filed with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code shall not require a new contractor application.

(2) Except as provided in Subsection (1), a reorganization of the business entity under which a licensed contractor is licensed shall require application for a new license under the new form of organization or business structure. The creation of a new legal entity constitutes a reorganization and includes a change to a new entity under the same form of business entity or a change of the form of business entity between proprietorship, partnership, whether limited or general, joint venture, corporation, or any other business form.

R156-55a-312. Inactive License.

(1) The requirements for inactive licensure specified in Subsection R156-1-305(3) shall also include certification that the licensee will not engage in the construction trade(s) for which the license was issued while on inactive status except to identify that licensee as an inactive licensee.

(2) A license on inactive status will not be required to meet the requirements of licensure in Subsections 58-55-302(1)(e)(i), 58-55-302(2)(a) and 58-55-302(2)(b).

(3) The requirements for reactivation of an inactive license specified in Subsection R156-1-305(6) shall also include:

(a) documentation that the licensee meets the requirements of Subsections 58-55-302(1)(e)(i), 58-55-302(2)(a) and 58-55-302(2)(b); and

(b) documentation that the licensee has taken and passed the business and law examination and the contractor classification examination, if required, for the contractor classification for which activation is sought

(c) prior to a license being activated, a licensee shall meet the requirements of renewal.

R156-55a-501. Unprofessional Conduct.

"Unprofessional conduct" includes:

(1) failing to notify the Division with respect to any matter for which notification is required under this rule or Title 58, Chapter 55, the Construction Trades Licensing Act, including a change in qualifier. Such failure shall be considered by the Division and the Commission as grounds for immediate suspension of the contractor's license;

(2) failing to notify the Division within 10 days of any change of the name, address, phone number, or email address of the qualifier or owners of a licensee;

(3) failing to continuously maintain insurance and registration as required by Subsection 58-55-302(2) and Section R156-55a-302d;

(4) failing to provide within 30 days of a request from the Division or from any person that has a reasonable basis to make a claim on the licensee's insurance policy:

(a) proof of licensee's insurance coverage;

(b) the name of the licensee's insurance company, policy number, date of expiration, and insurance coverage limits;

(c) a copy of the licensee's insurance policy;

(d) a copy of the licensee's worker compensation policy, if required to maintain worker compensation insurance under Utah law; or

(e) any exclusions included in the licensee's insurance policy;

(5) failing to provide the Division, within 30 days of a request, documents and other requested information to determine compliance with any section under Title 58, Chapter 55 or Title 58, Chapter 1 of the Utah Code;

(6) refusing, as an electrical or plumbing contractor, to timely and accurately certify the hours of work experience when requested by an electrician or plumber who is or has been an employee;

(7) refusing, as a contractor, to timely and accurately certify the work experience for a contractor application when requested by a current or former employee;

(8) failure of a qualifier, owner, applicant, or licensee to be knowledgeable of the laws and rules applicable to their profession;

(9) failing to timely provide, upon request by any person, a copy of a current license or license number when performing construction trades work;

(10) an owner, qualifier, or licensee advising or instructing any person or applicant, for a fee, concerning an examination required under Title 58, Chapter 55 for which that owner, qualifier, or licensee was a subject-matter expert of the examination, unless:

(a) the owner, qualifier, or licensee is an instructor for an accredited university, college, trade, or technical school; and

(b) the Construction Services Commission approves in writing of the owner, qualifier, or licensee providing that instruction;

(11) using, hiring, or contracting with a professional employer organization that is not licensed with the Utah Insurance Department.

R156-55a-502. Penalty for Unlawful Conduct.

The penalty for violating Subsection 58-55-501(1) while suspended from licensure shall include the maximum fine allowed by Subsection 58-55-503(4)(i).

R156-55a-503. Administrative Penalties.

(1) In accordance with Subsection 58-55-503, the following fine schedule shall apply to citations issued under Title 58, Chapter 55:

                                                   TABLE II

FINE SCHEDULE

FIRST OFFENSE

                    All Licenses Except        Electrical or
Violation           Electrical or Plumbing     Plumbing
58-55-308(2)             $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(1)             $  500.00              $  500.00
58-55-501(2)             $  500.00              $  800.00
58-55-501(3)             $  800.00              $1,000.00
58-55-501(9)             $  500.00              $  500.00
58-55-501(10)            $  800.00              $1,000.00
58-55-501(12)               N/A                 $  500.00
58-55-501(14)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(19)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(21)            $  500.00              $  500.00
58-55-501(22)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(23)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(24)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(25)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(26)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(27)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(28)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-501(29)            $  500.00                 N/A
58-55-504(2)             $  500.00                 N/A

SECOND OFFENSE

58-55-308(2)             $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(1)             $1,000.00              $1,500.00
58-55-501(2)             $1,000.00              $1,500.00
58-55-501(3)             $1,600.00              $2,000.00
58-55-501(9)             $1,000.00              $1,000.00
58-55-501(10)            $1,600.00              $2,000.00
58-55-501(12)               N/A                 $1,000.00
58-55-501(14)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(19)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(21)            $1,000.00              $1,000.00
58-55-501(22)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(23)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(24)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(25)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(26)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(27)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(28)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-501(29)            $1,000.00                 N/A
58-55-504(2)             $1,000.00                 N/A

THIRD OFFENSE

Double the amount for a second offense with a maximum amount not to
exceed the maximum fine allowed under Subsection 58-55-503(4)(h).
                                                            

(2) Citations shall not be issued for third offenses, except in extraordinary circumstances approved by the investigative supervisor.

(3) If multiple offenses are cited on the same citation, the fine shall be determined by evaluating the most serious offense.

(4) If multiple offenses are cited on separate citations, the fine shall be the maximum fine for each offense.

(5) An investigative supervisor may authorize a deviation from the fine schedule based upon the aggravating or mitigating circumstances.

(6) The presiding officer for a contested citation shall have the discretion, after a review of the aggravating and mitigating circumstances, to increase or decrease the fine amount imposed by an investigator based upon the evidence presented.

R156-55a-504. Crane Operator Certifications.

In accordance with Subsection 58-55-504(2)(a) one of the following certifications is required to operate a crane on commercial construction projects:

(1) a certification issued by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators;

(2) a certification issued by the Operating Engineers Certification Program; or

(3) a certification issued by the Crane Institute of America.

R156-55a-602. Contractor License Bonds.

Pursuant to the provisions of Subsections 58-55-306(1)(b) and 58-55-306(5)(b)(iii), a contractor shall provide a license bond issued by a surety acceptable to the Division in the amount, form, and coverage as follows:

(1) An acceptable surety is one that is listed in the Department of Treasury, Fiscal Service, Circular 570, entitled "Companies Holding Certificates of Authority as Acceptable Sureties on Federal Bonds and as Acceptable Reinsuring Companies" at the date of the bond.

(2) The coverage of the license bond shall include losses that may occur as the result of the contractor's violation of the unprofessional or unlawful provisions contained in Title 58, Chapters 1 and 55 and rules R156-1 and R156-55a including the failure to maintain financial responsibility, the failure of the licensee to pay its obligations, and the failure of the owners or a licensed unincorporated entity to pay income taxes or self-employment taxes on the gross distributions from the unincorporated entity to its owners.

(3) The financial history of the applicant, licensee, qualifier, or any owner, as outlined in Section R156-55a-306, may be reviewed in determining the bond amount required under this section.

(4) If the licensee is submitting a bond under Subsection 58-55-306(5)(b)(iii)(B), the amount of the bond shall be 20% of the annual gross distributions from the unincorporated entity to its owners. As provided in Subsection 58-55-302(10)(c), the Division, in determining if financial responsibility has been demonstrated, may consider the total number of owners, including new owners added as reported under the provisions of Subsection 58-55-302(10)(a)(i), in setting the amount of the bond required under this subsection.

(5) If the licensee is submitting a bond under any subsection other than Subsection 58-55-306(5)(b)(iii)(B), the minimum amount of the bond shall be $50,000 for the E100 or B100 classification of licensure; $25,000 for the R100 classification of licensure; or $15,000 for other classifications. A higher amount may be determined by the Division and the Commission as provided in Subsection R156-55a-602(6).

(6) The amount of the bond specified under Subsection R156-55a-602(5) may be increased by an amount determined by the Commission and Division when the financial history of the applicant, licensee or any owner indicates the bond amount specified in Subsection R156-55a-602(1) is insufficient to reasonably cover risks to the public health, safety and welfare. The financial history of the applicant, qualifier, licensee or any owner, as outlined in Section R156-55a-306 may be reviewed in determining the bond amount required.

(7) A contractor may provide a license bond issued by a surety acceptable to the Division in an amount less than the bond amount specified in Subsection R156-55a-602(5) if:

(a) the contractor demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that:

(i) the financial history of the applicant, licensee or any owner indicates the bond amount specified in Subsection R156-55a-602(1) is in excess of what is reasonably necessary to cover risks to the public health, safety and welfare;

(ii) the contractor's lack of financial responsibility is due to extraordinary circumstances that the contractor could not control as opposed to general financial challenges that all contractors experience; and

(iii) the contractor's scope of practice will be restricted commensurate with the degree of risk the contract presents to the public health, safety, and welfare; and

(b) the Commission and Division approve the amount.

KEY

contractors, occupational licensing, licensing

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 22, 2019

Notice of Continuation

August 4, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

58-1-106(1)(a); 58-1-202(1)(a); 58-55-101; 58-55-308(1)(a); 58-55-102(39)(a)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R156, please contact the promulgating agency (Commerce, Occupational and Professional Licensing). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.