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H.B. 52

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Jan 19, 2005 at 2:25 PM by chopkin. -->              1     




Sponsor: Joseph G. Murray

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the provisions regarding exemptions from licensure related to
             9      construction trade services.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires that installation, repair, or replacement of a water-based fire protection
             13      system as a building improvement must be provided by a licensed contractor, even
             14      if the value of the of the improvement is less than $1,000.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          58-55-305, as last amended by Chapters 39 and 191, Laws of Utah 2004
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 58-55-305 is amended to read:
             25           58-55-305. Exemptions from licensure.
             26          (1) In addition to the exemptions from licensure in Section 58-1-307 , the following
             27      persons may engage in acts or practices included within the practice of construction trades,

             28      subject to the stated circumstances and limitations, without being licensed under this chapter:
             29          (a) an authorized representative of the United States government or an authorized
             30      employee of the state or any of its political subdivisions when working on construction work of
             31      the state or the subdivision, and when acting within the terms of the person's trust, office, or
             32      employment;
             33          (b) a person engaged in construction or operation incidental to the construction and
             34      repair of irrigation and drainage ditches of regularly constituted irrigation districts, reclamation
             35      districts, and drainage districts or construction and repair relating to farming, dairying,
             36      agriculture, livestock or poultry raising, metal and coal mining, quarries, sand and gravel
             37      excavations, well drilling, as defined in Subsection 73-3-24 (3), hauling to and from
             38      construction sites, and lumbering;
             39          (c) public utilities operating under the rules of the Public Service Commission on
             40      construction work incidental to their own business;
             41          (d) sole owners of property engaged in building:
             42          (i) no more than one residential structure per year and no more than three residential
             43      structures per five years on their property for their own noncommercial, nonpublic use; except,
             44      a person other than the property owner or individuals described in Subsection (1)(e), who
             45      engages in building the structure must be licensed under this chapter if the person is otherwise
             46      required to be licensed under this chapter; or
             47          (ii) structures on their property for their own noncommercial, nonpublic use which are
             48      incidental to a residential structure on the property, including sheds, carports, or detached
             49      garages;
             50          (e) (i) a person engaged in construction or renovation of a residential building for
             51      noncommercial, nonpublic use if that person:
             52          (A) works without compensation other than token compensation that is not considered
             53      salary or wages; and
             54          (B) works under the direction of the property owner who engages in building the
             55      structure;
             56          (ii) for purposes of this Subsection (1)(e), "token compensation" means compensation
             57      paid by a sole owner of property exempted from licensure under Subsection (1)(d) to a person
             58      exempted from licensure under this Subsection (1)(e), that is:

             59          (A) minimal in value when compared with the fair market value of the services
             60      provided by the person;
             61          (B) not related to the fair market value of the services provided by the person; and
             62          (C) is incidental to providing of services by the person including paying for or
             63      providing meals or refreshment while services are being provided, or paying reasonable
             64      transportation costs incurred by the person in travel to the site of construction;
             65          (f) a person engaged in the sale or merchandising of personal property that by its design
             66      or manufacture may be attached, installed, or otherwise affixed to real property who has
             67      contracted with a person, firm, or corporation licensed under this chapter to install, affix, or
             68      attach that property;
             69          (g) a contractor submitting a bid on a federal aid highway project, if, before
             70      undertaking construction under that bid, the contractor is licensed under this chapter;
             71          (h) (i) a person engaged in the alteration, repair, remodeling, or addition to or
             72      improvement of a building with a contracted or agreed value of less than $1,000, including
             73      both labor and materials, and including all changes or additions to the contracted or agreed
             74      upon work;
             75          (ii) notwithstanding Subsection (1)(h)(i):
             76          (A) work in the plumbing and electrical trades must be performed by a licensed
             77      electrician or plumber except as otherwise provided in this section; [and]
             78          (B) installation, repair, or replacement of a residential or commercial gas appliance or a
             79      combustion system must be performed by a person who has received certification under
             80      Subsection 58-55-308 (2) except as otherwise provided in Subsection 58-55-308 (2)(d) or
             81      58-55-308 (3); and
             82          (C) installation, repair, or replacement of water-based fire protection systems must be
             83      performed by a licensed fire suppression systems contractor H. OR A LICENSED JOURNEYMAN
             83a      PLUMBER .H ;
             84          (i) a person practicing a specialty contractor classification or construction trade which
             85      is not classified by rule by the director as significantly impacting the public's health, safety, and
             86      welfare;
             87          (j) owners and lessees of property and persons regularly employed for wages by owners
             88      or lessees of property or their agents for the purpose of maintaining the property, are exempt
             89      from this chapter when doing work upon the property;

             90          (k) (i) a person engaged in minor plumbing work incidental to the replacement or
             91      repair of a fixture or an appliance in a residential or small commercial building, or structure
             92      used for agricultural use, as defined in Section 58-56-4 , provided that no modification is made
             93      to:
             94          (A) existing culinary water, soil, waste, or vent piping; or
             95          (B) a gas appliance or combustion system; and
             96          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (1)(e), installation for the first time of a fixture or
             97      an appliance is not included in the exemption provided under Subsection (1)(k)(i);
             98          (l) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the plumber licensure requirements
             99      under this chapter when installing or repairing a water conditioner or other water treatment
             100      apparatus if the conditioner or apparatus:
             101          (i) meets the appropriate state construction codes or local plumbing standards; and
             102          (ii) is installed or repaired under the direction of a person authorized to do the work
             103      under an appropriate specialty contractor license;
             104          (m) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the electrician licensure requirements
             105      under this chapter when employed by or under contract with:
             106          (i) railroad corporations, telephone corporations or their corporate affiliates, elevator
             107      contractors or constructors, or street railway systems; or
             108          (ii) public service corporations, rural electrification associations, or municipal utilities
             109      who generate, distribute, or sell electrical energy for light, heat, or power;
             110          (n) a person involved in minor electrical work incidental to a mechanical or service
             111      installation;
             112          (o) a student participating in construction trade education and training programs
             113      approved by the commission with the concurrence of the director under the condition that:
             114          (i) all work intended as a part of a finished product on which there would normally be
             115      an inspection by a building inspector is, in fact, inspected and found acceptable by a licensed
             116      building inspector; and
             117          (ii) a licensed contractor obtains the necessary building permits; and
             118          (p) a delivery person when replacing any of the following existing equipment with a
             119      new gas appliance, provided there is an existing gas shutoff valve at the appliance:
             120          (i) gas range;

             121          (ii) gas dryer;
             122          (iii) outdoor gas barbeque; or
             123          (iv) outdoor gas patio heater.
             124          (2) (a) A compliance agency as defined in Subsection 58-56-3 (4) that issues a building
             125      permit to any person requesting a permit as a sole owner of property referred to in Subsection
             126      (1)(d) shall notify the division, in writing or through electronic transmission, of the issuance of
             127      the permit.
             128          (b) The division shall evaluate the effectiveness of the notification requirement under
             129      Subsection (2)(a) and report its findings, including any recommendations for modification to or
             130      termination of the requirement, to the Legislature's Business and Labor Interim Committee
             131      prior to the 2008 General Session.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-29-04 7:28 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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