Contractors' Registration Act
  New Jersey Only

Home Improvement Contractors In New Jersey Must Be Registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs by December 31, 2005

 

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You have intil December 31st, 2005

The Contractors Registration Act, signed into law in May 2004 and amended in November 2004, requires for the first time in this State oversight of those who perform certain kinds of residential construction and also for some who provide certain services at the homes of New Jersey residents.

The law requires contractors engaged in the business of selling or making home improvements to register with the Division of Consumer Affairs by December 31, 2005.

AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2005, CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED REGISTRATION NUMBERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OBTAIN CONSTRUCTION PERMITS OR UNDERTAKE ANY HOME IMPROVEMENT WORK IN NEW JERSEY.

We have talked to PDCA legal council about this and they concluded that any kind of decorative painting over $500 is included in this Act. 
Go to this website for more information:
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/contractors.htm
 
Relevent parts of the statue:
C.56:8-151 Contracts, certain, required to be in writing; contents. 16. a. On or after December 31, 2005, every home improvement contract for a purchase price in excess of $500, and all changes in the terms and conditions of the contract, shall be in writing. The contract shall be signed by all parties thereto, and shall clearly and accurately set forth in legible form and in understandable language all terms and conditions of the contract, including but not limited to:

(1) The legal name, business address, and registration number of the contractor;

(2) A copy of the certificate of commercial general liability insurance required of a contractor pursuant to section 7 of this act and the telephone number of the insurance company issuing the certificate; and

(3) The total price or other consideration to be paid by the owner, including the finance charges.
C.56:8-142 Proof of commercial general liability insurance; requirements.7. a. Every registered contractor who is engaged in home improvements shall secure,maintain and file with the director proof of a certificate of commercial general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $500,000 per occurrence.
 
C.56:8-144 Display of registration number; requirements.
9. a. All registrants shall prominently display their registration numbers within their places of business, in all advertisements distributed within this State, on business documents, contracts and correspondence with consumers of home improvement services in this State, and on all commercial vehicles registered in this State and leased or owned by registrants and used by registrants for the purpose of providing home improvements, except for vehicles leased or rented to customers of registrants by a registrant or any agent or representative thereof.
This also means business cards, signs on cars/trucks, Contracts and all advertising
 
   
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