2015 ORS 701.021¹
License requirement
  • endorsements

(1) Except as provided in ORS 701.010 (Exemptions from licensure), a person or joint venture that undertakes, offers to undertake or submits a bid to do work as a contractor must have a current license issued by the Construction Contractors Board and possess an appropriate endorsement as provided in this section. For purposes of offering to undertake or submitting a bid to do work, a partnership or joint venture is licensed and endorsed if any partner or joint venturer whose name appears in the business name of the partnership or joint venture has a current license issued by the board and possesses an appropriate endorsement.

(2) A person or joint venture that undertakes, offers to undertake or submits a bid to do work as a contractor in preparation for or in connection with a residential structure must have one of the following endorsements:

(a) Residential general contractor.

(b) Residential specialty contractor.

(c) Residential limited contractor.

(d) Residential developer.

(e) Residential locksmith services contractor.

(f) Residential restoration contractor.

(g) Home inspector services contractor.

(h) Home services contractor.

(i) Home energy performance score contractor.

(3) A person or joint venture that undertakes, offers to undertake or submits a bid to do work as a contractor in preparation for or in connection with a small commercial structure must have one of the following endorsements:

(a) Residential general contractor.

(b) Residential specialty contractor.

(c) Residential limited contractor.

(d) Residential developer.

(e) Residential locksmith services contractor.

(f) Residential restoration contractor.

(g) Commercial general contractor level 1.

(h) Commercial specialty contractor level 1.

(i) Commercial general contractor level 2.

(j) Commercial specialty contractor level 2.

(k) Commercial developer.

(4) A person or joint venture that undertakes, offers to undertake or submits a bid to do work as a contractor in preparation for or in connection with a large commercial structure must have one of the following endorsements:

(a) Commercial general contractor level 1.

(b) Commercial specialty contractor level 1.

(c) Commercial general contractor level 2.

(d) Commercial specialty contractor level 2.

(e) Commercial developer. [2007 c.836 §2; 2010 c.57 §1; 2013 c.300 §8; 2013 c.383 §10; 2015 c.498 §5]

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).
 
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.