The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is partnering with the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association to register home improvement contractors at locations across the Commonwealth. During the first week of December, Consumer Affairs staff members will be at lumber dealers and retailers throughout the state educating homeowners and contractors on the Home Improvement Contractor law and assisting contractors with registering or renewing a registration online.\n\n\u201cWe\u2019re grateful to partner with the Massachusetts Retail Lumber Dealers Association to offer another convenient way to register contractors and increase the program\u2019s awareness,\u201d said Consumer Affairs Undersecretary John Chapman. \u201cOver the last year, we\u2019ve introduced online registration and renewals to reduce the burdens of time and travel and bring more home improvement contractors into compliance with the requirements of the law. Mobile registration is a business-friendly way to register contractors right in the communities where they\u2019re likely to be working.\u201d\n\nThe Home Improvement Contractor law (M.G.L. c. 142A) requires individuals performing residential contracting on an existing one to four unit, owner-occupied residential building to be registered as a home improvement contractor. The law also established an arbitration program for resolving disputes between homeowners and contractors, and a Guaranty Fund to compensate consumers up to $10,000 for unpaid judgments against contractors. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation registers contractors and facilitates and administers the arbitration program and Guaranty Fund.\n\nSince January 2015, the Office has registered more than 7,200 home improvement contractors that were not previously in compliance with the state\u2019s registration requirement.\n\nScheduled mobile registration will take place on the following dates and at the following venues:\n\nMonday, December 5th, 8:00AM-10:00AM, Howe Lumber Co, Inc., 225 W. Main Street, East Brookfield, MA 01515\n\nMonday, December 5th, 12:00PM-2:00PM, Jackson Lumber \u0026 Millwork, 215 Market Street, Lawrence, MA 01843\n\nTuesday, December 6th, 7:00AM-9:00AM, Brockway-Smith Co, 125 Chestnut Street, Hatfield, MA 01088\n\nTuesday, December 6th, 11:00AM-1:00PM,\u00a0r.k. Miles, Inc., 21 West Street, West Hatfield, MA 01088\n\nWednesday, December 7th, 7:00AM-9:00AM, Mid-Cape, 465 Route 134, South Dennis, MA 02660\n\nWednesday, December 7th, 9:45AM-11:45AM, Shepley Wood Products, 216 Thorton Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601\n\nThursday, December 8th, 7:00AM-9:00AM, Mid-Cape, 61 Commerce Way, Plymouth, MA 02360\n\nThursday, December 8th, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Cape Cod Lumber, 225 Groveland Street, Abington, MA 02351\n\nThe Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s\u00a0 Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation along with its five agencies work together to achieve two goals: to protect and empower consumers through advocacy and education, and to ensure a fair playing field for all Massachusetts businesses. The Office also oversees the state\u2019s Lemon Laws, data breach reporting, Home Improvement Contractor Program and the state\u2019s Do Not Call Registry.