2007 ORS 701.005¹
Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1) "Board" means the Construction Contractors Board.

(2) "Commercial contractor" means a licensed contractor that holds an endorsement as a:

(a) Commercial general contractor level 1;

(b) Commercial specialty contractor level 1;

(c) Commercial general contractor level 2;

(d) Commercial specialty contractor level 2; or

(e) Commercial developer.

(3) "Commercial developer" means a developer of property that is zoned for or intended for use compatible with a small commercial or large commercial structure.

(4) "Construction debt" means an amount owed under:

(a) An order or arbitration award issued by the board that has become final by operation of law;

(b) A judgment or civil penalty that has become final by operation of law arising from construction activities within the United States; or

(c) A judgment or civil penalty that has become final by operation of law arising from a failure to comply with ORS 656.017 (Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties).

(5) "Contractor" means any of the following:

(a) A person who, for compensation or with the intent to sell, arranges or undertakes or offers to undertake or submits a bid to construct, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, improve, inspect, move, wreck or demolish, for another, any building, highway, road, railroad, excavation or other structure, project, development or improvement attached to real estate, or to clean or service chimneys, or to do any part thereof.

(b) A person that purchases or owns property and constructs or for compensation arranges for the construction of one or more residential structures or small commercial structures with the intent of selling the structures.

(c) A school district, as defined in ORS 332.002 (Definitions), that permits students to construct a residential structure or small commercial structure as an educational experience to learn building techniques and sells the completed structure.

(d) A community college district, as defined in ORS 341.005 (Definitions), that permits students to construct a residential structure or small commercial structure as an educational experience to learn building techniques and sells the completed structure.

(e) Any person except a landscape contracting business, nurseryman, gardener or person engaged in the commercial harvest of forest products, that is engaged as an independent contractor to remove trees, prune trees, remove tree limbs or stumps or to engage in tree or limb guying.

(f) A business that supplies the services of a home inspector certified under ORS 701.350 (Home inspectors), a lead-based paint inspector licensed under ORS 701.515 (Licensing and business registration system) or a cross connection inspector and backflow assembly tester certified under ORS 448.279 (Certification of inspectors of cross connections and testers of backflow assemblies).

(6) "Developer" means a contractor that owns property or an interest in property and engages in the business of arranging for construction work or performing other activities associated with the improvement of real property, with the intent to sell the property.

(7) "General contractor":

(a) Means a contractor whose business operations require the use of more than two unrelated building trades or crafts that the contractor supervises or performs in whole or part, whenever the sum of all contracts on any single property, including materials and labor, exceeds an amount established by rule by the board.

(b) Does not mean a specialty contractor or a residential limited contractor.

(8) "Home inspector" means a person who, for a fee, inspects and provides written reports on the overall physical condition of a residential structure and the appurtenances thereto. "Home inspector" does not include persons certified under ORS chapter 455 to inspect new, repaired or altered structures for compliance with the state building code.

(9) "Key employee" means an employee or owner of a contractor who is a corporate officer, manager, superintendent, foreperson or lead person or any other employee identified by the board by rule.

(10) "Large commercial structure" means a structure that is not a residential structure or small commercial structure.

(11) "Officer" means any of the following persons:

(a) A president, vice president, secretary, treasurer or director of a corporation.

(b) A general partner in a limited partnership.

(c) A manager in a manager-managed limited liability company.

(d) A member of a member-managed limited liability company.

(e) A trustee.

(f) A person defined as an officer under board rules. The definition of officer adopted by board rule may include persons not listed in this subsection who may exercise substantial control over a business.

(12) "Residential contractor" means a licensed contractor that holds an endorsement as a:

(a) Residential general contractor;

(b) Residential specialty contractor;

(c) Residential limited contractor; or

(d) Residential developer.

(13) "Residential developer" means a developer of property that is zoned for or intended for use compatible with a residential or small commercial structure.

(14) "Residential structure":

(a) Means:

(A) A residence that is a site-built home;

(B) A structure that contains one or more dwelling units and is four stories or less above grade;

(C) A condominium, rental residential unit or other residential dwelling unit that is part of a larger structure, if the property interest in the unit is separate from the property interest in the larger structure;

(D) A modular home constructed off-site;

(E) A manufactured dwelling; or

(F) A floating home as defined in ORS 830.700 (Definitions for ORS 830.060 to 830.145 and 830.700 to 830.870).

(b) Does not mean:

(A) Subject to paragraph (a)(C) of this subsection, a structure that contains both residential and nonresidential units;

(B) Transient lodging;

(C) A residential school or residence hall;

(D) A state or local correctional facility other than a local facility for persons enrolled in work release programs maintained under ORS 144.460 (Contracts for quartering of enrollees);

(E) A youth correction facility as defined in ORS 420.005 (Definitions);

(F) A youth care center operated by a county juvenile department under administrative control of a juvenile court pursuant to ORS 420.855 (Definitions for ORS 420.855 to 420.885) to 420.885 (Audit and payment of claims);

(G) A detention facility as defined in ORS 419A.004 (Definitions);

(H) A nursing home;

(I) A hospital; or

(J) A place constructed primarily for recreational activities.

(15) "Responsible managing individual" means an individual who:

(a) Is an owner described in ORS 701.094 (Definition for ORS 701.098 and 701.102) or an employee of the business;

(b) Exercises management or supervisory authority, as defined by the board by rule, over the construction activities of the business; and

(c)(A) Has successfully completed the training and testing required for licensing under ORS 701.122 (Training requirements for individuals and businesses) within a period identified by the board by rule;

(B) Has demonstrated experience required by the board by rule; or

(C) Has complied with the licensing requirements of ORS 446.395 (License required).

(16) "Small commercial structure" means:

(a) A nonresidential structure that has a ground area of 10,000 square feet or less, including exterior walls, and a height of not more than 20 feet from the top surface of the lowest flooring to the highest interior overhead finish of the structure;

(b) A nonresidential leasehold, rental unit or other unit that is part of a larger structure, if the unit has a ground area of 12,000 square feet or less, excluding exterior walls, and a height of not more than 20 feet from the top surface of the lowest flooring to the highest interior overhead finish of the unit; or

(c) A nonresidential structure of any size for which the contract price of all construction contractor work to be performed on the structure as part of a construction project does not total more than $250,000.

(17) "Specialty contractor" means a contractor who performs work on a structure, project, development or improvement and whose operations as such do not fall within the definition of "general contractor." "Specialty contractor" includes a person who performs work regulated under ORS 446.395 (License required).

(18) "Zero-lot-line dwelling" means a single-family dwelling unit constructed in a group of attached units in which:

(a) Each attached unit extends from foundation to roof with open space on two sides; and

(b) Each dwelling unit is separated by a property line. [1971 c.740 §1; 1975 c.721 §1; 1977 c.537 §2; 1981 c.618 §8; 1983 c.616 §4; 1989 c.762 §7; 1989 c.928 §1; 1991 c.181 §1; 1993 c.18 §151; 1997 c.814 §1; 1999 c.325 §1; 2001 c.196 §2; 2001 c.197 §9; 2003 c.14 §440; 2003 c.675 §69; 2005 c.432 §6; 2005 c.609 §21; 2007 c.511 §1; 2007 c.541 §41; 2007 c.648 §§23,23a; 2007 c.836 §56]

Note: The amendments to 701.005 (Definitions) by section 56, chapter 836, Oregon Laws 2007, become operative July 1, 2008. See section 70, chapter 836, Oregon Laws 2007. The text that is operative until July 1, 2008, including amendments by section 1, chapter 511, Oregon Laws 2007, section 41, chapter 541, Oregon Laws 2007, and sections 23 and 23a, chapter 648, Oregon Laws 2007, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

701.005 (Definitions). As used in this chapter:

(1) "Board" means the Construction Contractors Board.

(2) "Construction debt" means an amount owed under:

(a) An order or arbitration award issued by the board that has become final by operation of law;

(b) A judgment or civil penalty that has become final by operation of law arising from construction activities within the United States; or

(c) A judgment or civil penalty that has become final by operation of law arising from a failure to comply with ORS 656.017 (Employer required to pay compensation and perform other duties).

(3) "Contractor" means a person operating as a general contractor, residential-only contractor or specialty contractor business or other person who, for compensation or with the intent to sell, arranges or undertakes or offers to undertake or submits a bid to construct, alter, repair, add to, subtract from, improve, inspect, move, wreck or demolish, for another, any building, highway, road, railroad, excavation or other structure, project, development or improvement attached to real estate, or to clean or service chimneys, or to do any part thereof.

(4) "General contractor" means a contractor whose business operations require the use of more than two unrelated building trades or crafts that the contractor supervises or performs in whole or part, whenever the sum of all contracts on any single property, including materials and labor, exceeds an amount established by rule by the board. "General contractor" does not include specialty contractors or limited contractors, as described in ORS 701.068 (Bonding requirements).

(5) "Home inspector" means a person who, for a fee, inspects and provides written reports on the overall physical condition of a residential structure and the appurtenances thereto. "Home inspector" does not include persons certified under ORS chapter 455 to inspect new, repaired or altered structures for compliance with the state building code.

(6) "Inspector" means a contractor registered with the board who inspects or otherwise provides services to a property owner or other contractor but does not substantively add to or subtract from a structure. "Inspector" includes but is not limited to a home inspector certified under ORS 701.350 (Home inspectors), a lead-based paint inspector licensed under ORS 701.515 (Licensing and business registration system) and a cross connection inspector and backflow assembly tester certified under ORS 448.279 (Certification of inspectors of cross connections and testers of backflow assemblies). "Inspector" does not include city or county inspectors acting under ORS 701.225 (Investigatory powers of board) or an inspector as defined in ORS 455.715 (Definitions for ORS 455.715 to 455.740).

(7) "Large commercial structure" means a structure that is not a residential structure or small commercial structure.

(8) "Licensed developer" means a contractor who owns property or an interest in property and arranges for construction work, if the contractor:

(a) Engages in the business of arranging for construction work and performing other activities associated with the improvement of real property, with the intent to sell the property;

(b) Acts in association with one or more licensed general contractors and the general contractor or combination of general contractors have sole responsibility for overseeing all phases of construction activity on the property; and

(c) Does not perform any construction work on the property.

(9) "Officer" means any of the following persons:

(a) A president, vice president, secretary, treasurer or director of a corporation.

(b) A general partner in a limited partnership.

(c) A manager in a manager-managed limited liability company.

(d) A member of a member-managed limited liability company.

(e) A trustee.

(f) A person defined as an officer under board rules. The definition of officer adopted by board rule may include persons not listed in this subsection who may exercise substantial control over a business.

(10) "Residential-only contractor" means a general contractor or specialty contractor who performs work exclusively in connection with residential structures and small commercial structures, and the appurtenances thereto. "Residential-only contractor" includes, but is not limited to:

(a) A person who purchases or owns property and constructs or for compensation arranges for the construction of one or more residential structures or small commercial structures with the intent of selling the structures;

(b) A school district, as defined in ORS 332.002 (Definitions), that permits students to construct a residential structure or small commercial structure as an educational experience to learn building techniques and sells the completed structure;

(c) A community college district, as defined in ORS 341.005 (Definitions), that permits students to construct a residential structure or small commercial structure as an educational experience to learn building techniques and sells the completed structure; or

(d) Any person except a landscape contracting business, nurseryman, gardener or person engaged in the commercial harvest of forest products who is engaged as an independent contractor to remove trees, prune trees, remove tree limbs or stumps or to engage in tree or limb guying.

(11) "Residential structure" means a residence, including a site-built home, modular home constructed off-site, floating home as defined in ORS 830.700 (Definitions for ORS 830.060 to 830.145 and 830.700 to 830.870), condominium unit, manufactured dwelling or duplex, or a multiunit residential building consisting of four units or less that is not part of a multistructure complex of buildings.

(12) "Responsible managing individual" means an individual who:

(a) Is an owner described in ORS 701.094 (Definition for ORS 701.098 and 701.102) or an employee of the business;

(b) Exercises management or supervisory authority, as defined by the board by rule, over the construction activities of the business; and

(c)(A) Has successfully completed the training and testing required for licensing under ORS 701.122 (Training requirements for individuals and businesses) within a period identified by the board by rule;

(B) Has demonstrated experience required by the board by rule; or

(C) Has complied with the licensing requirements of ORS 446.395 (License required).

(13) "Small commercial structure" means a nonresidential structure that has a ground area of 4,000 square feet or less, including exterior walls, and a height of not more than 20 feet from the top surface of the lowest flooring to the highest interior overhead finish of the structure.

(14) "Specialty contractor" means a contractor who performs work on a structure, project, development or improvement and whose operations as such do not fall within the definition of "general contractor." "Specialty contractor" includes a person who performs work regulated under ORS chapter 446.

(15) "Zero-lot-line dwelling" means a single-family dwelling unit constructed in a group of attached units in which:

(a) Each attached unit extends from foundation to roof with open space on two sides; and

(b) Each dwelling unit is separated by a property line.

Notes of Decisions

Neither "structure" nor "residence" is vague. Thoren v. Builders Bd., 21 Or App 148, 533 P2d 1388 (1975)

Property owner developing prop­erty with intent to sell qualifies under defini­tion of "contractor" as per­son constructing building "for an­oth­er." Tandem Properties, LLC v. Construc­tion Contractors Board, 184 Or App 28, 55 P3d 541 (2002), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Mobile home as per­sonal or real prop­erty under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; local registra­tion require­ments of a "specialty builder," (1976) Vol 38, p 100; construing "appurtenance," (1976) Vol 38, p 264

Chapter 701

Notes of Decisions

This is a remedial statute made for the protec­tion of the building business and of people dealing with builders who might be irresponsible; it should be read as a whole and liberally construed to accomplish its purpose. Robinson v. Builders Bd., 20 Or App 340, 531 P2d 752 (1975)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Lack of authority for director to appoint executive secretary for board, (1971) Vol 35, p 930; inap­pli­ca­bil­i­ty of this chapter to business of construc­tion or installa­tion of fences, sidewalks, septic tanks, wells and underground sprinkling systems, (1972) Vol 35, p 1278; mobile home as per­sonal or real prop­erty under this chapter, (1972) Vol 36, p 41; applica­tion of Homebuilders Law to mobile homes, (1978) Vol 38, p 693

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 701—Construction Contractors and Contracts, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­701.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 701, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­701ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.