Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Registration

In 2013, the legislature required the Dept of Consumer Protection (DCP) to study the issue of transforming the registration of home improvement contractors to a licensing program that might include education and testing.  See PA 13-18.  The HBRA filed comments with the agency on its study, and the agency issued its report on July 1, 2014.  In response to the agency's study, the legislature in 2015 proposed a bill to require certain HICs to pass a test, to obtain liability insurance for all HICs, and other changes to the law.  See Proposed Bill 5785.  The HBRA shared our comments to DCP with the legislature and testified on the bill on 2-24-15, pointing out parts with which we agreed and disagreed.  Our talking points on the bill that passed the General Law Committee are here.  The legislation was amended in the House to address our concerns as well as objections from DCP and others.  But the bill was not taken up in the Senate and, therefore, died.

Dept of Consumer Protection, Dept. of Public Health, and Dept. of Agriculture jointly announce the release of their new e-license lookup web site (Sept. 8, 2010). (click on the pdf to see the press release; or go directly to the e-license web site). Look up any licensed or registered trade or professional in CT.

Legislature adopts new consumer notice requirements for both home builders and remodelers - effective July 1, 2009.

2006 changes to the New Home Construction Contractor registration notice, adopted by Public Act 06-73, An Act Concerning Homeowners, Home Improvement Contractors and New Home Construction Contractors. Most of Public Act 06-73 deals with new home construction; the only change to the home improvement contractor registration act in PA 06-73 is the requirement to include the HIC registration number in HIC contracts. This legislation became effective on May 30, 2006.

TO: Home Improvement Contractor Members of the HBA of CT (Jan 5, 2004)

REGARDING: Home Improvement Act Contract Requirements

The Home Improvement Act ("HIA”), Conn. Gen. Stat. (C.G.S.) sections 20-418 to 20-432, requires a number of things to be contained in any home improvement contract. The HIA also mandates that all home improvement contracts are automatically considered to be contracts under the Home Solicitation Sales Act ("HSSA”), C.G.S. sections 42-134a to 42-143. The actual language for the homeowner's three day right of cancellation is contained in the HSSA, 42-135a(2).

Click to see a copy of the HIA statute and section 42-135a of the HSSA statute. Check with your attorney to be sure these are the most up to date statutes. Note that Public Act 02-82 added registered well drillers working in their trade to the list of licensed tradespersons exempt from HIA registration requirements (Sec. 20-428).

Pay particular attention to section 20-429 of the HIA. Make sure all subsections (i.e., (a) through (f) of sec. 20-429) are followed. And under subsection (a), make sure that all eight sub-subsections are followed (i.e., all the dates and other information are contained in the contract). Subsection 20-429(a)(6) and 20-429(e) refer to chapter 740, which is the HSSA.

Under the HSSA, make sure all subsections of section 42-135a are followed. The actual language to be included in the contract is contained at section 42-135a(1). The NOTICE OF CANCELLATION FORM that is to be provided in duplicate is contained at section 42-135a(2) (see notice of cancellation - check with your attorney to be sure this is the most recent version). Make sure this form is filled out completely with the correct dates, your name and your address.

Due to the many requirements of these acts and the almost annual changes by the legislature, contractors should be extra prudent to protect their businesses. This is an important area where you want to hire an attorney to make sure you follow the law correctly.

ALERT: See links above on the 2006 and 2009 changes to the NHCC and HIC Registration Acts.

See the advice we're giving to consumers at How to Select a Reputable Builder or Remodeler in CT.

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