Some of our customers have contacted us about the state denying their license renewal due to the fact that they didn’t provide a copy of their HIC Registration. The explanation that is given reads: Pursuant to the HIC Act, any contractor who contracts with a homeowner for work exceeding $1,000 to an existing 1-4 family, owner-occupied, primary residence is typically required to be registered with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Exceptions may apply. Please see M.G.L. c. 142A, § 1 and 201 C.M.R. 18.00 for more information. We were unable to confirm that you are registered with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation as a Home Improvement Contractor (HIC).
The states response:
The BBRS did authorized this process during its August, 2017 meeting.
Essentially, this is an effort to get those licensees, who may also perform home improvement contractor work as defined by the laws, to become registered if not already. The requirement has been in place since 1992.
The licensee has three options when filing an application to renew your CSL.
- To provide a current HIC number if already registered.
- To indicate that they indeed perform such work, but are not yet registered, then get registered. Once registered, they can submit the number and the application process will be completed.
- Provide an explanation that registration is not required. For instance, as you mention, if a licensee only builds new homes, he\she is not required to be registered.
If the CSL licensee does not perform HIC related work, they simply needs to provide a short explanation as to why and can either fax or email a statement back to the DPL.