Building Industry Association of Hawaii
HRS – 444 is the State Law that regulates Contractor Licensing. This law is meant to protect consumers from liability, fraud and workmanship that does not meet building codes and building standards. Contractor’s who are licensed are registered with the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, (DCCA). The State has their name, address, social security number or FEIN number and the State can find them to get restitution.
The Owner Builder Exemption fosters unlicensed individuals to shift liability on to the Owner without the Owner knowing the consequences. Complaints have been filed with Regulated Industries and Complaints Office (RICO) and in many cases it takes years of investigation to substantiate the cases. The result: Owners cannot get restitution for their losses and are left with a situation that devalues their investment.
Yes, we are all “related” in Hawaii or someone we know works in the construction industry. Yes, building costs in Hawaii are the highest in the Nation. Is the risk worth taking when the values of our homes exceed $625,000? Is the risk worth it when the new building materials and building systems require specialized training? Is the risk worth taking when your net worth and lives are impacted?
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Do not be confused: The Contractor Licensing Law HRS-444, is regulated by the State Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO). RICO assists the public and licensees through education and through enforcement of the state’s professional licensing laws.
Building Permits are regulated by the City and County Department of Planning and Permitting, (DPP). A building permit is not required for repairs using similar or same materials for the purpose of maintenance and which are not more than $1,000 in valuation in any 12-month period and do not affect any electrical or plumbing installations.
The Building Industry Association of Hawaii has introduced SB-1077 to improve the ability of RICO to investigate violations of the Owner Builder Exemptions and to offer additional disclosures for Owner Builders when they enter into agreements with licensed subcontractors.
Please call or email your legislator to support SB-1077. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org