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S.B. 61






Sponsor: Eddie P. Mayne

9    This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10    AMENDS:
11         58-55-305, as last amended by Chapter 120, Laws of Utah 1997
12    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
13        Section 1. Section 58-55-305 is amended to read:
14         58-55-305. Exemptions from licensure.
15        In addition to the exemptions from licensure in Section 58-1-307, the following persons
16    may engage in acts or practices included within the practice of construction trades subject to the
17    stated circumstances and limitations without being licensed under this chapter:
18        (1) an authorized representative of the United States government or an authorized
19    employee of the state or any of its political subdivisions when working on construction work of
20    the state or the subdivision, and when acting within the terms of his trust, office, or employment;
21        (2) a person engaged in construction or operation incidental to the construction and repair
22    of irrigation and drainage ditches of regularly constituted irrigation districts, reclamation districts,
23    and drainage districts or construction and repair relating to farming, dairying, agriculture, livestock
24    or poultry raising, [metal and coal mining, quarries, sand and gravel excavations,] well drilling,
25    [hauling to and from construction sites,] and lumbering;
26        (3) public utilities operating under the rules of the Public Service Commission on
27    construction work incidental to their own business;

1        (4) sole owners of property engaged in building structures on their property for their own
2    noncommercial, nonpublic use; except, any person other than the property owner or individuals
3    described in Subsection (5) who engages in building the structure must be licensed under this
4    chapter if he is otherwise required to be licensed under this chapter;
5        (5) (a) an individual engaged in construction or renovation of a residential building for
6    noncommercial, nonpublic use if that person:
7        (i) works without compensation other than token compensation that is not considered
8    salary or wages; and
9        (ii) works under the direction of the property owner who engages in building the structure;
10        (b) for purposes of Subsection (5), "token compensation" means compensation paid by a
11    sole owner of property exempted from licensure under Subsection (4) to an individual exempted
12    from licensure under Subsection (5), that is:
13        (i) minimal in value when compared with the fair market value of the services provided
14    by the individual;
15        (ii) not related to the fair market value of the services provided by the individual; and
16        (iii) is incidental to providing of services by the individual including paying for or
17    providing meals or refreshment while services are being provided, or paying reasonable
18    transportation costs incurred by the individual in travel to the site of construction;
19        (6) a person engaged in the sale or merchandising of personal property that by its design
20    or manufacture may be attached, installed, or otherwise affixed to real property who has contracted
21    with a person, firm, or corporation licensed under this chapter to install, affix, or attach that
22    property;
23        (7) a contractor submitting a bid on a federal aid highway project, if, before undertaking
24    any construction under that bid, the contractor is licensed under this chapter;
25        (8) (a) a person engaged in the alteration, repair, remodeling, or addition to or
26    improvement of any building with a contracted or agreed value of less than $1,000, including both
27    labor and materials, and including all changes or additions to the contracted or agreed upon work;
28        (b) notwithstanding Subsection (8)(a), work in the plumbing and electrical trades must be
29    performed by a licensed electrician or plumber except as otherwise provided in this section;
30        (9) a person practicing a specialty contractor classification or construction trade which is
31    not classified by rule by the director as significantly impacting the public's health, safety, and

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1    welfare;
2        (10) owners and lessees of property and persons regularly employed for wages by owners
3    or lessees of property or their agents for the purpose of maintaining the property, are exempt from
4    this chapter when doing work upon the property;
5        (11) (a) a person engaged in minor plumbing work incidental to the replacement or repair
6    of a fixture or an appliance in a residential or small commercial building, or structure used for
7    agricultural use, as defined in Section 58-56-4, provided that no modification is made to existing
8    culinary water, soil, waste, or vent piping;
9        (b) except as provided in Subsection (5), installation for the first time of a fixture or an
10    appliance is not included in the exemption provided under Subsection (11)(a);
11        (12) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the plumber licensure requirements set
12    forth in this chapter when installing or repairing a water conditioner or other water treatment
13    apparatus if the conditioner or apparatus:
14        (a) meets the appropriate state construction codes or local plumbing standards; and
15        (b) is installed or repaired under the direction of a person authorized to do such work under
16    an appropriate specialty contractor license;
17        (13) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the electrician licensure requirements set
18    forth in this chapter when employed by or under contract with:
19        (a) railroad corporations, telephone corporations or their corporate affiliates, elevator
20    contractors or constructors, or street railway systems; or
21        (b) public service corporations, rural electrification associations, or municipal utilities who
22    generate, distribute, or sell electrical energy for light, heat, or power;
23        (14) a person involved in minor electrical work incidental to a mechanical or service
24    installation; and
25        (15) a student participating in construction trade education and training programs approved
26    by the division in collaboration with the board under the condition that:
27        (a) all work intended as a part of a finished product on which there would normally be an
28    inspection by a building inspector is, in fact, inspected and found acceptable by a licensed building
29    inspector; and
30        (b) a licensed contractor obtains the necessary building permits.

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Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-2-98 2:50 PM

A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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