Residential Contractor's Registry
In May 2022, the Vermont Legislature passed and Governor Scott signed into law a bill that created mandatory registration with the state for any contractor who performs residential construction where the estimated value is $10,000 or more, inclusive of labor and materials.
Applications opened on December 1, 2022, with mandatory registration required by April 1, 2023.
Residential Contracting is defined as to "build, demolish, or alter a residential dwelling unit, or a building or premises with four or fewer residential dwelling units" and includes the following:
This is a registry, NOT licensure. Any tradesperson already licensed, registered or certified by the Department of Public Safety, while working within the scope of the license, registration, or certification is not required to register.
Types of registration:
Contract requirements (VBRA and OPR will provide contract templates for contractors to use. Coming Soon!):
The law requires the Office of Professional Regulation to create and implement the registry, including a website (coming soon) for consumers to consult and confirm that a potential contractor is properly registered.
Residential Contractor advisors, together with the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation, provide governance, oversight and enforcement for your profession. VBRA and OPR will gather and vet earned certifications that can be listed next to a contractor's name on the registry site, further helping consumers with the decisions to hire a contracting professional.
This page contains detailed information regarding applicable statutes and rules as well as additional resources. More information will be added as the program is rolled out, including contract templates for residential contractors to customize and use.
Resources: (Keep checking here!)
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