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Any one, or any company, that solicits, bids on, or performs 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."
If the work you do fits this description then you need to be registered unless you fall into an exempted category.
Who is exempt?
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. You must renew your registration every 2 years and pay a renewal fee of $100.
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