Construction Contractors and Contracts
(1)“Board” means the Construction Contractors Board.
(2)“Commercial contractor” means a licensed contractor that holds an endorsement as a:
(a)Commercial general contractor level 1;
(b)Commercial specialty contractor level 1;
(c)Commercial general contractor level 2;
(d)Commercial specialty contractor level 2; or
(3)“Commercial developer” means a developer of property that is zoned for or intended for use compatible with a small commercial or large commercial structure.
(4)“Construction debt” means an amount owed:
(a)Under an order or arbitration award issued by the board that has become final by operation of law;
(b)Under a judgment, arbitration award or civil penalty that has become final by operation of law arising from construction activities within the United States;
(c)Under a judgment or civil penalty that has become final by operation of law arising from a failure to comply with ORS 656.017 (Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties); or
(d)To employees of a construction contracting business for unpaid wages.
(5)“Contractor” means any of the following:
(a)A person that, for compensation or with the intent to sell, arranges or undertakes or offers to undertake or submits a bid to construct, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, improve, inspect, move, wreck or demolish, for another, a building, highway, road, railroad, excavation or other structure, project, development or improvement attached to real estate, or to do any part thereof.
(b)A person that purchases or owns property and constructs or for compensation arranges for the construction of one or more residential structures or small commercial structures with the intent of selling the structures.
(c)A school district, as defined in ORS 332.002 (Definitions for chapter), that permits students to construct a residential structure or small commercial structure as an educational experience to learn building techniques and sells the completed structure.
(d)A community college district, as defined in ORS 341.005 (Definitions for chapter), that permits students to construct a residential structure or small commercial structure as an educational experience to learn building techniques and sells the completed structure.
(e)A person except a landscape contracting business, nurseryman, gardener or person engaged in the commercial harvest of forest products, that is engaged as an independent contractor to remove trees, prune trees, remove tree limbs or stumps or to engage in tree or limb guying.
(f)A business that supplies the services of a home inspector certified under ORS 701.445 (Home inspectors) or a cross-connection inspector and backflow assembly tester certified under ORS 448.279 (Certification of inspectors of cross-connections and testers of backflow assemblies).
(g)A person that for compensation arranges, undertakes, offers to undertake or submits a bid to clean or service chimneys.
(h)A person that arranges for, undertakes, offers to undertake or submits a bid for the performance of restoration work as defined in ORS 701.540 (Licensing).
(6)“Developer” means a contractor that owns property or an interest in property and engages in the business of arranging for construction work or performing other activities associated with the improvement of real property, with the intent to sell the property.
(7)(a) “General contractor” means a contractor whose business operations require the use of more than two unrelated building trades or crafts that the contractor supervises or performs in whole or part, whenever the sum of all contracts on any single property, including materials and labor, exceeds an amount established by rule by the board.
(b)“General contractor” does not mean a specialty contractor or a residential limited contractor.
(8)(a) “Home improvement” means a renovation, remodel, repair or alteration by a residential contractor to an existing owner-occupied:
(A)Residence that is a site-built home;
(B)Condominium, rental residential unit or other residential dwelling unit that is part of a larger structure, if the property interest in the unit is separate from the property interest in the larger structure;
(C)Modular home constructed off-site;
(D)Manufactured dwelling; or
(E)Floating home, as defined in ORS 830.700 (Definitions for ORS 830.060 to 830.140 and 830.700 to 830.870).
(b)“Home improvement” does not include a renovation, remodel, repair or alteration by a residential contractor:
(A)To a structure that contains one or more dwelling units and is four stories or less above grade; or
(B)That the residential contractor performed in the course of constructing a new residential structure.
(9)(a) “Home inspector” means a person who, for a fee, inspects and provides written reports on the overall physical condition of a residential structure.
(b)“Home inspector” does not include persons certified under ORS chapter 455 to inspect new, repaired or altered structures for compliance with the state building code.
(10)“Key employee” means an employee or owner of a contractor who is a corporate officer, manager, superintendent, foreperson or lead person or any other employee the board identifies by rule.
(11)“Large commercial structure” means a structure that is not a residential structure or small commercial structure.
(12)“Officer” means any of the following persons:
(a)A president, vice president, secretary, treasurer or director of a corporation.
(b)A general partner in a limited partnership.
(c)A manager in a manager-managed limited liability company.
(d)A member of a member-managed limited liability company.
(f)A person the board defines by rule as an officer. The definition of officer adopted by board rule may include persons not listed in this subsection who may exercise substantial control over a business.
(13)“Residential contractor” means a licensed contractor that holds an endorsement as a:
(a)Residential general contractor;
(b)Residential specialty contractor;
(c)Residential limited contractor;
(e)Residential locksmith services contractor;
(f)Residential restoration contractor;
(g)Home inspector services contractor;
(h)Home services contractor; or
(i)Home energy performance score contractor.
(14)“Residential developer” means a developer of property that is zoned for or intended for use compatible with a residential or small commercial structure.
(15)(a) “Residential structure” means:
(A)A residence that is a site-built home;
(B)A structure that contains one or more dwelling units and is four stories or less above grade;
(C)A condominium, rental residential unit or other residential dwelling unit that is part of a larger structure, if the property interest in the unit is separate from the property interest in the larger structure;
(D)A modular home constructed off-site;
(E)A manufactured dwelling;
(F)A floating home as defined in ORS 830.700 (Definitions for ORS 830.060 to 830.140 and 830.700 to 830.870); or
(G)An appurtenance to a home, structure, unit or dwelling described in subparagraphs (A) to (F) of this paragraph.
(b)“Residential structure” does not mean:
(A)Subject to paragraph (a)(C) of this subsection, a structure that contains both residential and nonresidential units;
(C)A residential school or residence hall;
(D)A state or local correctional facility;
(E)A youth correction facility as defined in ORS 420.005 (Definitions);
(F)A youth care center operated by a county juvenile department under administrative control of a juvenile court pursuant to ORS 420.855 (Definitions for ORS 420.855 to 420.885) to 420.885 (Audit and payment of claims);
(G)A detention facility as defined in ORS 419A.004 (Definitions);
(H)A nursing home;
(I)A hospital; or
(J)A place constructed primarily for recreational activities.
(16)“Responsible managing individual” means an individual who:
(a)Is an owner described in ORS 701.094 (Definition for ORS 701.098 and 701.102) or an employee of the business;
(b)Exercises management or supervisory authority, as defined by the board by rule, over the construction activities of the business; and
(c)(A) Successfully completed the training and testing required for licensing under ORS 701.122 (Training requirements for individuals and businesses) within a period the board identifies by rule;
(B)Demonstrated experience the board requires by rule; or
(C)Complied with the licensing requirements of ORS 446.395 (License required).
(17)“Small commercial structure” means:
(a)A nonresidential structure that has a ground area of 10,000 square feet or less, including exterior walls, and a height of not more than 20 feet from the top surface of the lowest flooring to the highest interior overhead finish of the structure;
(b)A nonresidential leasehold, rental unit or other unit that is part of a larger structure, if the unit has a ground area of 12,000 square feet or less, excluding exterior walls, and a height of not more than 20 feet from the top surface of the lowest flooring to the highest interior overhead finish of the unit;
(c)A nonresidential structure of any size for which the contract price of all construction contractor work to be performed on the structure as part of a construction project does not total more than $250,000; or
(d)An appurtenance to a structure or unit described in paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection.
(18)“Specialty contractor” means a contractor who performs work on a structure, project, development or improvement and whose operations as such do not fall within the definition of “general contractor.” “Specialty contractor” includes a person who performs work regulated under ORS 446.395 (License required).
(19)“Worker leasing company” means a person licensed under ORS 656.850 (License) (2) to perform the service of providing nontemporary workers by contract and for a fee to work for a client.
(20)“Zero-lot-line dwelling” means a single-family dwelling unit constructed in a group of attached units in which:
(a)Each attached unit extends from foundation to roof with open space on two sides; and
(b)Each dwelling unit is separated by a property line. [1971 c.740 §1; 1975 c.721 §1; 1977 c.537 §2; 1981 c.618 §8; 1983 c.616 §4; 1989 c.762 §7; 1989 c.928 §1; 1991 c.181 §1; 1993 c.18 §151; 1997 c.814 §1; 1999 c.325 §1; 2001 c.196 §2; 2001 c.197 §9; 2003 c.14 §440; 2003 c.675 §69; 2005 c.432 §6; 2005 c.609 §21; 2007 c.511 §1; 2007 c.541 §41; 2007 c.648 §§23,23a; 2007 c.836 §56; 2009 c.271 §1; 2009 c.757 §6; 2010 c.77 §4; 2011 c.170 §1; 2011 c.630 §§38,59; 2013 c.130 §§6,7; 2013 c.251 §§3,4; 2013 c.300 §§6,7; 2013 c.383 §§8,9; 2015 c.498 §§3,4; 2016 c.99 §1]
Notes of Decisions
Neither "structure" nor "residence" is vague. Thoren v. Builders Bd., 21 Or App 148, 533 P2d 1388 (1975)
Property owner developing property with intent to sell qualifies under definition of "contractor" as person constructing building "for another." Tandem Properties, LLC v. Construction Contractors Board, 184 Or App 28, 55 P3d 541 (2002), Sup Ct review denied
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Mobile home as personal or real property under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; local registration requirements of a "specialty builder," (1976) Vol 38, p 100; construing "appurtenance," (1976) Vol 38, p 264
Notes of Decisions
This is a remedial statute made for the protection of the building business and of people dealing with builders who might be irresponsible; it should be read as a whole and liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Robinson v. Builders Bd., 20 Or App 340, 531 P2d 752 (1975)
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Lack of authority for director to appoint executive secretary for board, (1971) Vol 35, p 930; inapplicability of this chapter to business of construction or installation of fences, sidewalks, septic tanks, wells and underground sprinkling systems, (1972) Vol 35, p 1278; mobile home as personal or real property under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; application of Homebuilders Law to mobile homes, (1978) Vol 38, p 693