Arizona contractors join effort to crack down on unlicensed activity

Construction | 28 Jun |

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors (AZ ROC) participated in a national coordinated enforcement effort targeting unlicensed entities performing contracting work and educating property owners on the importance of hiring only licensed contractors.

AZ ROC was one of eleven National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) members who took part in the event across the country. The additional states that participated are California, District of Columbia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Utah.

AZ ROC committed 13 multi-person teams of investigators to make contact with contractors, unlicensed entities and property owners to increase outreach, provide education, and when necessary issue warnings or violations.

The investigators concentrated efforts in Maricopa, Cochise, Coconino, La Paz, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz (7 of Arizona’s 15) counties and made contact with 228 individuals, including 25 homeowners, 160 contractors, 30 unlicensed entities, 9 businesses, 2 building officials, and 2 other individuals/groups.

The vast majority of contacts are described as educational in nature but AZ ROC investigators did document 13 violations of Contracting Without a License in reports, which could result in unlicensed cases being opened and investigated.

Arizona Registrar of Contractors Jeff Fleetham stated, “Our goal is to protect the public and promote quality construction. A remodeling project is one of the most expensive things a homeowner will do after buying a home, and yet many are unaware the contractor they hire needs a license. Additionally, there are many small businesses moving into Arizona who are unaware of Arizona’s licensing laws. Concentrated efforts like this and the territory management our investigators do every day are an important part of reaching our goal.”

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