BISMARCK, ND – Contractors in Watford City and Williston received surprise inspections from the Attorney General’s compliance task force earlier this week. The random inspections indicated that the vast majority of contractors are complying with state licensing and reporting laws.
Over a two-day period, the multi-agency Contractor Compliance task force arrived unannounced at 33 job sites, involving 132 contractors.
“While the team's expertise and professionalism contributed to the successful results, the cooperation of the contractors interviewed greatly enhanced the team's ability to visit a large number of contractors and work sites,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
Two unlicensed contractors, Dayton Jackson Excavating of Bozeman, Montana, and GDR of Williston, were immediately enjoined and must obtain the required licenses before they can continue work at the job site. The Task Force also determined there were ten additional unlicensed contractors who were either not working or not at the job site when the task force visited. Those contractors have been notified that they cannot continue work on the job site or any place in North Dakota until they have provided proof that they have obtained the required licenses. In addition, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection division will pursue legal action against all twelve unlicensed contractors, including civil penalties and fines.
“The license, insurance and bonding requirements ensure the contractor has the proper coverage for injured workers and other damages, and protects the property owner and the public. I am pleased with the results because our goal is compliance and ensuring a level playing field for licensed contractors, rather than legal action,” said Stenehjem, noting that 91% of the contractors were in compliance.
In addition to the Consumer Protection division, which heads the task force, it is comprised of representatives from the Secretary of State’s office, the Tax department, Workforce Safety & Insurance, and Job Service North Dakota.
Contractors working on any project exceeding $2,000.00 must have a North Dakota Contractors License. The Secretary of State’s office maintains a searchable database of licensed contractors, available online at http://www.nd.gov/sos/. Any contractor conducting temporary business in North Dakota also must have a Transient Merchant license issued by the Attorney General’s office.