An unintended effect of the new contractor registration law which goes into effect January 1, 2006 places cities throughout Idaho in the position of encouraging contractors to be dishonest or forget about building permits.
While there are no provisions (or funding) for cities and counties to enforce the new law, these local governments issue building permits and it seems logical they should not issue permits to unregistered builders…sort of like giving a taxi permit to someone who doesn’t have a driver’s license.
There are an estimated 20-25,000 contractors subject to the provisions of the new law and fewer than 10% have registered so far.
One option being discussed by Boise City is to ask each building permit applicant to sign an affidavit claiming they are a contractor registered to do business in Idaho…sort of like the fireworks guys who sell those illegal big boomers and ask you to promise that you won’t fire them off in Idaho.
This is another example of bad law being passed by the legislature at the behest of special interests. The big contractors were attempting to limit competition while claiming the law would weed out unscrupulous contractors. There is little or no enforcement possible and the net effect will be to create liars and place undue burden on local government.
Maybe they could just deny the permit without proof of registration–that’s what the folks at the Motor Vehicle Bureau do when you want license plates on a new car.
See the earlier
GUARDIAN story for more details.
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