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All persons, individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations that solicit, bid on, or perform residential contracting as a contractor or subcontractor on an existing one to four unit owner-occupied primary residence in Massachusetts.
Residential contracting is defined in the law as: "The reconstruction, alteration, renovation, repair, modernization, conversion, improvement, removal, demolition or construction of an addition to any pre-existing building containing at least one but not more than four dwelling units, which building thereof is used or designed to be used as a residence or dwelling unit, or to structures which are adjacent to such residence or building."
Any work you do involving this description requires that you have a Home Improvement Contractor registration, unless the work or your status as described in the exemptions allows you not to be registered:
Registered contractors must follow certain rules regarding contracts, payments, advertising, business practices, etc. These laws and regulations provide standards throughout the industry and provide protections for homeowners from being taken advantage of by a bad contractor.
Yes. All contractors, including Construction Supervisor Licensees who are applying for a HIC Registration must pay a registration fee of $150, and a Guaranty Fund fee. All contractors renewing their registration must pay a renewal fee of $100.
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