Pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., c. 142A, and in accordance with M.G.L., c. 30A, a public hearing will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Conference Rooms 2 and 3, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 at which the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation will receive oral comments relative to the adoption of proposed amendments to regulations 201 CMR 18.00: Registration and Enforcement of Home Improvement Contractor Program  pdf format of 201 CMR 18.00
and 201 CMR 14.00: Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration and Guaranty Fund  pdf format of 201 CMR 14.00
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The purpose of 201 CMR 18.00: Registration and Enforcement of Home Improvement Contractor Program is to implement M.G.L., c. 142A and provide for procedures for the registration of home improvement contractors and subcontractors performing residential contracting services for owners who reside in existing one to four family owner-occupied buildings and the enforcement of requirements of c. 142A as they relate to such contractors and subcontractors. The proposed amendments streamline, update and improve organization and readability of the regulation for contractors and homeowners and provide for an alternative form of payment of registration and fund fees by contractors, thereby facilitating a less cumbersome registration process.

The purpose of 201 CMR 14.00: Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration and Guaranty Fund is to provide procedures for the operation of a private arbitration services program within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation to consider disputes between homeowners and contractors or subcontractors as required by M.G.L., c. 142A, section 4. The regulation also sets forth procedures and requirements for homeowner eligibility and access to the Residential Contractor’s Guaranty Fund, a consumer fund of last resort established by c. 142A, section 5. The proposed amendments streamline, update and improve organization and readability of the regulation for contractors, homeowners and arbitrators and incorporate the operation and administration of the arbitration program by the Office since the regulation was last revised.

Additional changes may be made based on comments received at the public hearing or during the comment period.

Written comments may be submitted to the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 5170, Boston, MA 02116 or at ocabr.comments@state.ma.us until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A copy of the proposed amendments is available at, and copies may be obtained from, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation or at www.mass.gov/ocabr .