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S.B. 147






Sponsor: Ed P. Mayne

             8      TECHNICAL CHANGES.
             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 within a 1/2 mile radius of a portal or entrance to the
             25      mine, [quarries, sand and gravel excavations,] well drilling, [hauling to and from construction
             26      sites,] and lumbering;
             27          (3) public utilities operating under the rules of the Public Service Commission on

             28      construction work incidental to their own business;
             29          (4) sole owners of property engaged in building structures on their property for their own
             30      noncommercial, nonpublic use; except, any person other than the property owner or individuals
             31      described in Subsection (5) who engages in building the structure must be licensed under this
             32      chapter if he is otherwise required to be licensed under this chapter;
             33          (5) (a) an individual engaged in construction or renovation of a residential building for
             34      noncommercial, nonpublic use if that person:
             35          (i) works without compensation other than token compensation that is not considered
             36      salary or wages; and
             37          (ii) works under the direction of the property owner who engages in building the structure;
             38      and
             39          (b) for purposes of Subsection (5), "token compensation" means compensation paid by a
             40      sole owner of property exempted from licensure under Subsection (4) to an individual exempted
             41      from licensure under Subsection (5), that is:
             42          (i) minimal in value when compared with the fair market value of the services provided
             43      by the individual;
             44          (ii) not related to the fair market value of the services provided by the individual; and
             45          (iii) is incidental to providing of services by the individual including paying for or
             46      providing meals or refreshment while services are being provided, or paying reasonable
             47      transportation costs incurred by the individual in travel to the site of construction;
             48          (6) a person engaged in the sale or merchandising of personal property that by its design
             49      or manufacture may be attached, installed, or otherwise affixed to real property who has contracted
             50      with a person, firm, or corporation licensed under this chapter to install, affix, or attach that
             51      property;
             52          (7) a contractor submitting a bid on a federal aid highway project, if, before undertaking
             53      any construction under that bid, the contractor is licensed under this chapter;
             54          (8) (a) a person engaged in the alteration, repair, remodeling, or addition to or
             55      improvement of any building with a contracted or agreed value of less than $1,000, including both
             56      labor and materials, and including all changes or additions to the contracted or agreed upon work;
             57      and
             58          (b) notwithstanding Subsection (8)(a), work in the plumbing and electrical trades must be

             59      performed by a licensed electrician or plumber except as otherwise provided in this section;
             60          (9) a person practicing a specialty contractor classification or construction trade which is
             61      not classified by rule by the director as significantly impacting the public's health, safety, and
             62      welfare;
             63          (10) owners and lessees of property and persons regularly employed for wages by owners
             64      or lessees of property or their agents for the purpose of maintaining the property, are exempt from
             65      this chapter when doing work upon the property;
             66          (11) (a) a person engaged in minor plumbing work incidental to the replacement or repair
             67      of a fixture or an appliance in a residential or small commercial building, or structure used for
             68      agricultural use, as defined in Section 58-56-4 , provided that no modification is made to existing
             69      culinary water, soil, waste, or vent piping; and
             70          (b) except as provided in Subsection (5), installation for the first time of a fixture or an
             71      appliance is not included in the exemption provided under Subsection (11)(a);
             72          (12) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the plumber licensure requirements set
             73      forth in this chapter when installing or repairing a water conditioner or other water treatment
             74      apparatus if the conditioner or apparatus:
             75          (a) meets the appropriate state construction codes or local plumbing standards; and
             76          (b) is installed or repaired under the direction of a person authorized to do such work under
             77      an appropriate specialty contractor license;
             78          (13) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the electrician licensure requirements set
             79      forth in this chapter when employed by or under contract with:
             80          (a) railroad corporations, telephone corporations or their corporate affiliates, elevator
             81      contractors or constructors, or street railway systems; or
             82          (b) public service corporations, rural electrification associations, or municipal utilities who
             83      generate, distribute, or sell electrical energy for light, heat, or power;
             84          (14) a person involved in minor electrical work incidental to a mechanical or service
             85      installation; and
             86          (15) a student participating in construction trade education and training programs approved
             87      by the division in collaboration with the board under the condition that:
             88          (a) all work intended as a part of a finished product on which there would normally be an
             89      inspection by a building inspector is, in fact, inspected and found acceptable by a licensed building

             90      inspector; and
             91          (b) a licensed contractor obtains the necessary building permits.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-26-99 8:26 AM

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

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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