Atlanta Building News - June 2008 - (Page 10)

F E AT U R E Builder Licensing Update By Penelope Round, Government Affairs Representative The end of a more than three-year process to implement Builder Licensing in Georgia has come. Throughout this time, the Greater Atlanta HBA has been a resource to members as the licensing process was being created and implemented. As of press time, physical licenses are finally being issued. Each step toward the license effective date of July 1, 2008, has been filled with questions, and in an effort to continuously provide answers, the most frequently asked questions are listed below. No matter where you are in the licensing process, these questions and answers will be of value. Should your review prompt further questions, call the Builder Licensing Helpline at 678-775-1498 or e-mail I was approved as an Individual and need to switch my license to become a Qualifying Agent for my company. How do I do this? To switch your license type from Individual to Qualifying Agent, you must submit an application for License by Prior Approval Status. These applications are available on the Board Web site at cgi-bin/plbforms.asp?board=49. for this that is consistent across metro Atlanta counties, but the local permit issuing authority can ultimately decide what is required. I have multiple companies. Do I need to license them all? Yes. If you plan to contract or pull permits under a company that is different from the company that has been approved for licensure, you will need to license these companies. Once one company has been approved for licensure, you can submit an application for prior approval status to license the other companies. Each company needs its own application. These applications are available on the Board Web site at asp?board=49. I have received approval as a Qualifying Agent for my company. Do I physically have to get the permit? No. The law allows for the Qualifying Agent to designate an Authorized Agent for the company. The Authorized Agent will have the power to pull permits for the Qualifying Agent. The Qualifying Agent will be required to provide written, sworn documentation identifying the Authorized Agent to the local permit issuing authority, and the contractor’s license number and a copy of the contractor’s license must be included. The permit issuing authority has the option to keep the document on file or may ask for the Authorized Agent to present it extemporaneously. The HBA has been working to establish a process FAQS FROM APPROVED AND LICENSED CONTRACTORS What is the warranty requirement under the licensing law? The contractor licensing law under O.C.G.A 43-41-7 requires that “a licensed residential contractor and any affiliated entities shall offer a written warranty…The residential contractor division of the Board shall establish the minimum requirement of such warranty.” The residential division has When will I receive my license? The Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors (Board) began issuing license cards on May 1, 2008. If you have received an approval letter but have not yet received your license, call the Board at 478-207-2440. 10 JUNE 2008 | ATLANTA BUILDING NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Atlanta Building News - June 2008

Atlanta Building News - June 2008
From the President
Classes and Events Calendar
Builder Licensing Update
Trends in Lighting
Legal Corner
The Housing Institute
Earthcraft House
Homeaid Atlanta
Member News
Member Services
Atlanta 50+ Housing Council
Sales and Marketing Council
New Members
Index to Advertisers

Atlanta Building News - June 2008