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Oregon Supreme Court Rules That the Practice of Architecture Includes Development of Master Plans

In a rare opportunity to interpret Oregon’s statutory requirements for licensure of architects, the Oregon Supreme Court recently held that the development of master plans constitutes the “practice of architecture”—even if constructible drawings and specifications are not contemplated or produced. The case, Twist Architecture & Design, Inc. v. Oregon Board of Architect Examiners, 361 Or … Continue Reading

Joint Washington/Oregon Construction Law Seminar – November 4, 2016

On November 4, 2016, my colleague, Andrew Gibson (from the Portland office of Stoel Rives), and I will co-chair a joint OSBA/WSBA construction law CLE, entitled Two States of Construction Law: Working in Both Washington and Oregon, located at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington. This seminar will include a panel of knowledgeable lawyers with … Continue Reading

One Unanticipated Cost of Being an Owner-Builder in California: Liability for Retained Control over Safety

Many times I hear from people who want to “save money” and serve as their own “owner-builder” under the exemption to the California Contractor’s Licensing law, which generally requires that any “construction” work over $500 to be performed by a licensed California contractor in the absence of an exemption.  (Bus. & Prof. Code section 7048).  … Continue Reading

Yes, Contractor Licensing May Be Required Under California Law Even if the Contractor Does Not Physically Build Anything Itself

It seems that almost weekly, and certainly monthly, I receive a call or inquiry from colleagues and/or prospective clients as to whether a license is really required if the prospective “contractor” is not actually building anything but is merely facilitating a “deal” or is hiring otherwise qualified and licensed contractors and trades. Virtually every time … Continue Reading

Heavy Fines for All: Working Without a Contractor’s License in California is Costly

I am surprised, and yet not surprised, to read about yet another subcontractor and general contractor that were cited for the subcontractor’s lack of a California contractor’s license. See "Another Subcontractor on Large Southern California Project Told To Halt Work, Fined for Not Having Contractors License" (May 13, 2014 notification by CSLB — see below). … Continue Reading

The Latest DIRT in California: Additional Mandatory Reporting for Excavators, Operators and Contractors?

Those that “dig in the dirt” are very familiar with the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT), which was launched in 2003 by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). Over the years California has enacted several statutes requiring anyone moving dirt to notify a regional notification center of the area of planned disturbance that may impact a subsurface … Continue Reading

Contractors Still Have Time: Certain CA Energy-Related Regulations Delayed to July 1, 2014

Residential and non-residential contractors in California have been waiting for the new California energy-related regulations to be issued for the January 1, 2014 compliance deadline.  Although many became effective on January 1, delays in the software performance compliance programs by the California Energy Commission required that additional time be provided for contractors to obtain and … Continue Reading

No Contractor’s License Means You Work for Free

 Yet another California court decision has been issued requiring a contractor to return over $750,000 received for work he performed on a casino while he was unlicensed. In rejecting the contractor’s arguments against disgorgement, the court found that (a) California Business and Professions Code § 7031’s penalties applied to work performed for tribal corporations and on … Continue Reading

Pincetich v. Nolan: A Cautionary Tale About the Risks of Contractor License Suspension

In Pincetich v. Nolan, the Oregon Court of Appeals recently held that a temporary suspension of a contractor’s license during a project will bar the contractor from commencing a lawsuit seeking compensation. The Nolans, husband and wife, contracted with Mr. Pincetich to build a house. During the project, Mr. Pincetich’s liability insurance lapsed and, as … Continue Reading

Developer Licensing

As any Oregon real estate developer likely knows, the Construction Contractor’s Board will require you to be registered as a contractor if you are developing land owned by another for a fee or developing land you own with the intent to sell. But many developers have followed what might be an overly conservative path: the … Continue Reading

Construction Project Managers Not Required to Be Licensed for Private Projects Under California’s State Licensing Laws

In a case of first impression, the Second Appellate District Court of California recently considered whether an entity that provided construction management services to a private owner was required to be licensed under California’s Contractor’s State Licensing Law. (The Fifth Day, LLC v. Bolotin (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 939.) The Court’s response was a surprising and … Continue Reading

Unexpected Risk for Engineering Corporations

The Washington statute governing registration of engineers, RCW 18.43, establishes a licensing board with jurisdiction over disciplinary proceedings against engineers. Under RCW 18.43.130, a corporation may engage in engineering if the corporation submits an application to the board that designates a licensed engineer as “responsible for the practice of engineering by the corporation in this … Continue Reading
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