Although not all states regulate contractors by requiring either licensure or registration, Virginia, like California, is one that does. In late March, at the Virginia Board for Contractors (Board) meeting, the Board issued 24 license revocations. Copies of the file orders are available online using the Board’s website’s License Lookup tool, a tool that permits users to look up disciplinary actions occurring on or after April 1, 2002 by searching using key terms. For additional information about contractors’ licenses that have been revoked and other actions by the Board, visit the Board’s Press Release Archives.
The Board is responsible for licensing businesses engaged in the construction, removal, repair, or improvement of facilities on property owned by others. Virginia contractor licenses consist of two parts: (1) the class of license (A, B, or C), which determines the monetary value of contracts/projects that may be performed, and (2) the classification/specialty, which determines what type of work is allowed. The Board also licenses individuals and firms engaged in residential building energy analysis, which involves evaluation of energy consumption and recommendations to improve energy efficiency. It also regulates individual tradesmen who engage in the trades of electrical; plumbing; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); gas fitting; water well construction; elevator mechanics; backflow prevention; and building energy analysis.
Virginia also has reciprocal licensing/examination agreements with other jurisdictions. For more information, check out its website.
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