2015 ORS 701.010¹
Exemptions from licensure
  • rules

The Construction Contractors Board may adopt rules to make licensure optional for persons who offer, bid or undertake to perform work peripheral to construction, as defined by administrative rule of the board. The following persons are exempt from licensure under this chapter:

(1) A person who is constructing, altering, improving or repairing personal property.

(2) A person who is constructing, altering, improving or repairing a structure located within the boundaries of any site or reservation under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

(3) A person who furnishes materials, supplies, equipment or finished product and does not fabricate them into, or consume them, in the performance of the work of a contractor.

(4) A person working on one structure or project, under one or more contracts, when the aggregate price of all of that person’s contracts for labor, materials and all other items is less than $1,000 and such work is of a casual, minor or inconsequential nature. This subsection does not apply to a person who advertises or puts out any sign or card or other device that might indicate to the public that the person is a contractor.

(5) An owner who contracts for work to be performed by a licensed contractor. This subsection does not apply to a person who, in the pursuit of an independent business, constructs, remodels, repairs or for compensation and with the intent to sell the structure, arranges to have constructed, remodeled or repaired a structure with the intent of offering the structure for sale before, upon or after completion. It is prima facie evidence that there was an intent of offering the structure for sale if the person who constructed, remodeled or repaired the structure or arranged to have the structure constructed, remodeled or repaired does not occupy the structure after its completion.

(6) An owner who contracts for one or more licensed contractors to perform work wholly or partially within the same calendar year on not more than three existing residential structures of the owner. This subsection does not apply to an owner contracting for work that requires a building permit unless the work that requires a permit is performed by, or under the direction of, a residential general contractor.

(7) A person performing work on a property that person owns or performing work as the owner’s employee, whether the property is occupied by the owner or not, or a person performing work on that person’s residence, whether or not that person owns the residence. This subsection does not apply to a person performing work on a structure owned by that person or the owner’s employee, if the work is performed in the pursuit of an independent business with the intent of offering the structure for sale before, upon or after completion.

(8) A person licensed or registered in one of the following trades or professions when operating within the scope of that license or registration:

(a) An architect registered by the State Board of Architect Examiners.

(b) A professional engineer registered by the State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.

(c) A water well contractor licensed by the Water Resources Department.

(d) A sewage disposal system installer licensed by the Department of Environmental Quality.

(e) A landscape contracting business licensed under ORS 671.510 (Short title) to 671.760 (Business income tax).

(f) A pesticide operator licensed under ORS 634.116 (Pesticide operator license) who does not conduct inspections for wood destroying organisms for the transfer of real estate.

(g) An appraiser certified or licensed under ORS chapter 674 or an appraiser assistant registered under ORS chapter 674 by the Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board.

(9) A landscape contracting business operating within the scope of a license issued under ORS 671.510 (Short title) to 671.760 (Business income tax) that:

(a) Constructs fences, decks, arbors, patios, landscape edging, driveways, walkways or retaining walls and meets the applicable bonding requirements under ORS 671.690 (Surety bond, letter of credit or other security); or

(b) Subcontracts to a licensed plumbing contractor, or otherwise arranges for a licensed plumbing contractor to perform, the installation of an irrigation system described in ORS 671.540 (Application of ORS 671.510 to 671.760) (1)(m) or the repair or maintenance of an irrigation system.

(10) A person who performs work subject to this chapter as an employee of a contractor.

(11) A manufacturer of a manufactured home constructed under standards established by the federal government.

(12) A person involved in the movement of:

(a) Modular buildings or structures other than manufactured structures not in excess of 14 feet in width.

(b) Structures not in excess of 16 feet in width when the structures are being moved by their owner if the owner is not a contractor required to be licensed under this chapter.

(13) A surety company, commercial lending institution, holding company for a commercial lending institution, subsidiary of a commercial lending institution or subsidiary of a holding company for a commercial lending institution that arranges for completion, repair or remodeling by one or more licensed contractors of a structure in which the company, institution, holding company or subsidiary holds a legal or security interest. As used in this subsection, "commercial lending institution" means any bank, mortgage banking company, trust company, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, national banking association, federal savings and loan association, insurance company or federal credit union maintaining an office in this state.

(14) A real estate licensee who engages in the management of rental real estate as defined in ORS 696.010 (Definitions) or the employee of that licensee when performing work on a structure that the real estate licensee manages under a contract.

(15) Units of government other than those specified in ORS 701.005 (Definitions) (5)(c) and (d).

(16) A qualified intermediary in a property exchange that qualifies under section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code as amended and in effect on January 1, 2004, if the qualified intermediary is not performing construction activities.

(17) A worker leasing company or temporary service provider, both as defined in ORS 656.850 (License), that supplies personnel to a licensed contractor for the performance of work under the direction and supervision of the contractor.

(18) City or county inspectors acting under ORS 701.225 (Investigatory powers of board) or inspectors described in ORS 455.715 (Definitions for ORS 455.715 to 455.740).

(19) A person performing work for purposes of agricultural drainage, agricultural trenching or agricultural irrigation or involving the construction of agricultural fences to control livestock.

(20) A person performing work that is subject to ORS 527.610 (Short title) to 527.770 (Good faith compliance with best management practices not violation of water quality standards) on forestlands for which notice of operation has been filed under ORS 527.670 (Commencement of operations). [1971 c.740 §20; 1979 c.312 §1; 1981 c.618 §9; 1983 c.616 §5a; 1989 c.928 §2; 1991 c.181 §2; 1991 c.463 §1; 1993 c.18 §152; 1995 c.644 §1; 1997 c.814 §8; 1999 c.32 §4; 1999 c.325 §5; 1999 c.402 §12; 2001 c.196 §3; 2001 c.197 §10; 2003 c.285 §1; 2003 c.329 §1; 2003 c.675 §70; 2005 c.254 §12; 2005 c.432 §7; 2005 c.609 §22; 2007 c.541 §42; 2007 c.639 §1; 2007 c.836 §57; 2009 c.259 §31; 2009 c.483 §5; 2011 c.174 §1; 2013 c.196 §22; 2013 c.378 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Exemp­tion of builders whose work on structures is of less than threshold value is not an arbitrary classifica­tion. Thoren v. Builders Bd., 21 Or App 148, 533 P2d 1388 (1975)

Property owner developing structure with intent to sell, not for occupancy by owner, is per­son acting in independent business for compensa­tion. 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

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/­ors701.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 701, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano701.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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