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S.B. 208

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SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC CONTRACTOR LICENSE

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AMENDMENTS

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2013 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Evan J. Vickers

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House Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act by amending exceptions
             11      from licensing provisions.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    exempts a person from electrician licensure when the person is engaged as a
             15      specialty contractor associated with the installation, repair, or maintenance of solar
             16      energy panels under certain circumstances; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          58-55-305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 14
             25     
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 58-55-305 is amended to read:


             28           58-55-305. Exemptions from licensure.
             29          (1) In addition to the exemptions from licensure in Section 58-1-307 , the following
             30      persons may engage in acts or practices included within the practice of construction trades,
             31      subject to the stated circumstances and limitations, without being licensed under this chapter:
             32          (a) an authorized representative of the United States government or an authorized
             33      employee of the state or any of its political subdivisions when working on construction work of
             34      the state or the subdivision, and when acting within the terms of the person's trust, office, or
             35      employment;
             36          (b) a person engaged in construction or operation incidental to the construction and
             37      repair of irrigation and drainage ditches of regularly constituted irrigation districts, reclamation
             38      districts, and drainage districts or construction and repair relating to farming, dairying,
             39      agriculture, livestock or poultry raising, metal and coal mining, quarries, sand and gravel
             40      excavations, well drilling, as defined in Section 73-3-25 , hauling to and from construction
             41      sites, and lumbering;
             42          (c) public utilities operating under the rules of the Public Service Commission on work
             43      incidental to their own business;
             44          (d) sole owners of property engaged in building:
             45          (i) no more than one residential structure per year and no more than three residential
             46      structures per five years on their property for their own noncommercial, nonpublic use; except,
             47      a person other than the property owner or individuals described in Subsection (1)(e), who
             48      engages in building the structure must be licensed under this chapter if the person is otherwise
             49      required to be licensed under this chapter; or
             50          (ii) structures on their property for their own noncommercial, nonpublic use which are
             51      incidental to a residential structure on the property, including sheds, carports, or detached
             52      garages;
             53          (e) (i) a person engaged in construction or renovation of a residential building for
             54      noncommercial, nonpublic use if that person:
             55          (A) works without compensation other than token compensation that is not considered
             56      salary or wages; and
             57          (B) works under the direction of the property owner who engages in building the
             58      structure; and


             59          (ii) as used in this Subsection (1)(e), "token compensation" means compensation paid
             60      by a sole owner of property exempted from licensure under Subsection (1)(d) to a person
             61      exempted from licensure under this Subsection (1)(e), that is:
             62          (A) minimal in value when compared with the fair market value of the services
             63      provided by the person;
             64          (B) not related to the fair market value of the services provided by the person; and
             65          (C) is incidental to the providing of services by the person including paying for or
             66      providing meals or refreshment while services are being provided, or paying reasonable
             67      transportation costs incurred by the person in travel to the site of construction;
             68          (f) a person engaged in the sale or merchandising of personal property that by its design
             69      or manufacture may be attached, installed, or otherwise affixed to real property who has
             70      contracted with a person, firm, or corporation licensed under this chapter to install, affix, or
             71      attach that property;
             72          (g) a contractor submitting a bid on a federal aid highway project, if, before
             73      undertaking construction under that bid, the contractor is licensed under this chapter;
             74          (h) (i) a person engaged in the alteration, repair, remodeling, or addition to or
             75      improvement of a building with a contracted or agreed value of less than $3,000, including
             76      both labor and materials, and including all changes or additions to the contracted or agreed
             77      upon work; and
             78          (ii) notwithstanding Subsection (1)(h)(i) and except as otherwise provided in this
             79      section:
             80          (A) work in the plumbing and electrical trades on a Subsection (1)(h)(i) project within
             81      any six month period of time:
             82          (I) must be performed by a licensed electrical or plumbing contractor, if the project
             83      involves an electrical or plumbing system; and
             84          (II) may be performed by a licensed journeyman electrician or plumber or an individual
             85      referred to in Subsection (1)(h)(ii)(A)(I), if the project involves a component of the system
             86      such as a faucet, toilet, fixture, device, outlet, or electrical switch;
             87          (B) installation, repair, or replacement of a residential or commercial gas appliance or a
             88      combustion system on a Subsection (1)(h)(i) project must be performed by a person who has
             89      received certification under Subsection 58-55-308 (2) except as otherwise provided in


             90      Subsection 58-55-308 (2)(d) or 58-55-308 (3);
             91          (C) installation, repair, or replacement of water-based fire protection systems on a
             92      Subsection (1)(h)(i) project must be performed by a licensed fire suppression systems
             93      contractor or a licensed journeyman plumber;
             94          (D) work as an alarm business or company or as an alarm company agent shall be
             95      performed by a licensed alarm business or company or a licensed alarm company agent, except
             96      as otherwise provided in this chapter;
             97          (E) installation, repair, or replacement of an alarm system on a Subsection (1)(h)(i)
             98      project must be performed by a licensed alarm business or company or a licensed alarm
             99      company agent;
             100          (F) installation, repair, or replacement of a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning
             101      system (HVAC) on a Subsection (1)(h)(i) project must be performed by an HVAC contractor
             102      licensed by the division;
             103          (G) installation, repair, or replacement of a radon mitigation system or a soil
             104      depressurization system must be performed by a licensed contractor; and
             105          (H) if the total value of the project is greater than $1,000, the person shall file with the
             106      division a one-time affirmation, subject to periodic reaffirmation as established by division
             107      rule, that the person has:
             108          (I) public liability insurance in coverage amounts and form established by division
             109      rule; and
             110          (II) if applicable, workers compensation insurance which would cover an employee of
             111      the person if that employee worked on the construction project;
             112          (i) a person practicing a specialty contractor classification or construction trade which
             113      the director does not classify by administrative rule as significantly impacting the public's
             114      health, safety, and welfare;
             115          (j) owners and lessees of property and persons regularly employed for wages by owners
             116      or lessees of property or their agents for the purpose of maintaining the property, are exempt
             117      from this chapter when doing work upon the property;
             118          (k) (i) a person engaged in minor plumbing work that is incidental, as defined by the
             119      division by rule, to the replacement or repair of a fixture or an appliance in a residential or
             120      small commercial building, or structure used for agricultural use, as defined in Section


             121      15A-1-202 , provided that no modification is made to:
             122          (A) existing culinary water, soil, waste, or vent piping; or
             123          (B) a gas appliance or combustion system; and
             124          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (1)(e), installation for the first time of a fixture or
             125      an appliance is not included in the exemption provided under Subsection (1)(k)(i);
             126          (l) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the plumber licensure requirements
             127      under this chapter when installing or repairing a water conditioner or other water treatment
             128      apparatus if the conditioner or apparatus:
             129          (i) meets the appropriate state construction codes or local plumbing standards; and
             130          (ii) is installed or repaired under the direction of a person authorized to do the work
             131      under an appropriate specialty contractor license;
             132          (m) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the electrician licensure requirements
             133      under this chapter when employed by:
             134          (i) railroad corporations, telephone corporations or their corporate affiliates, elevator
             135      contractors or constructors, or street railway systems; or
             136          (ii) public service corporations, rural electrification associations, or municipal utilities
             137      who generate, distribute, or sell electrical energy for light, heat, or power;
             138          (n) a person involved in minor electrical work incidental to a mechanical or service
             139      installation;
             140          (o) a person who ordinarily would be subject to the electrician licensure requirements
             141      under this chapter but who during calendar years 2009, 2010, or 2011 was issued a specialty
             142      contractor license for the electrical work associated with the installation, repair, or maintenance
             143      of solar energy panels, may continue the limited electrical work for solar energy panels under a
             144      specialty contractor license;
             145          [(o)] (p) a student participating in construction trade education and training programs
             146      approved by the commission with the concurrence of the director under the condition that:
             147          (i) all work intended as a part of a finished product on which there would normally be
             148      an inspection by a building inspector is, in fact, inspected and found acceptable by a licensed
             149      building inspector; and
             150          (ii) a licensed contractor obtains the necessary building permits;
             151          [(p)] (q) a delivery person when replacing any of the following existing equipment with


             152      a new gas appliance, provided there is an existing gas shutoff valve at the appliance:
             153          (i) gas range;
             154          (ii) gas dryer;
             155          (iii) outdoor gas barbeque; or
             156          (iv) outdoor gas patio heater;
             157          [(q)] (r) a person performing maintenance on an elevator as defined in Subsection
             158      58-55-102 (14), if the maintenance is not related to the operating integrity of the elevator; and
             159          [(r)] (s) an apprentice or helper of an elevator mechanic licensed under this chapter
             160      when working under the general direction of the licensed elevator mechanic.
             161          (2) A compliance agency as defined in Section 15A-1-202 that issues a building permit
             162      to a person requesting a permit as a sole owner of property referred to in Subsection (1)(d) shall
             163      notify the division, in writing or through electronic transmission, of the issuance of the permit.




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