October 24, 2016
As our members know, the toughest part of our day-to-day business is dealing with the unlicensed individuals and the mess they often leave in their wake. This new law (House Bill 4138 Display of License) and its implementation is another step in the continuing battle to fight those who are unlicensed.
Last week, a number of licensed contractors and members of the SC Association of Heating and AC Contractors (SCAHACC) from across the state attended a meeting of the SC Contractors Licensing Board with the hope and intent of providing input on the implementation of a law (H.4138) passed earlier year. The intent of the law was to help consumers recognize licensed contractors by requiring that the license number be displayed on quotations for work, invoices, and on commercial vehicles used on the job.
At the meeting, the Contractors Licensing Board made the decision to delay enforcement and compliance of House Bill-4138 until October 1, 2017. A committee was formed and tasked to review the bill and to make a recommendation to the board at the next board meeting (1/19/2017) regarding how license numbers are to be displayed, who will provide the stickers (and the cost, if any), and the penalty for non-compliance.
Therefore, licensees have the option to either move forward in placing the license numbers on their vehicles, invoices, and proposal forms now, or wait until the board makes a definitive decision at the January 2017 meeting. If you choose to display the license number now, please keep in mind that the new statute does not specifically state or outline the type of instrument utilized for displaying the license; therefore, it is at the discretion of the licensee to choose whatever method of display they decide, as long as it abides by the guidelines of being “prominent” and “conspicuous”, per the house bill.
A letter and email will also be sent out to from the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to all AC/HT/PK licensees with this same information prior to 10/31/2016.
Your association is drafting suggestions for implementation. Our desire is to make this simple and cost effective and elevate our industry.
Association Legislative Chairman