2015 ORS 701.143¹
Requirement for timely filing of complaints
  • timelines

The Construction Contractors Board may not process a complaint against a licensed contractor, including a complaint based upon a court judgment or an arbitration award, unless the complaint is filed with the board in a timely manner as follows:

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, if the owner of a new structure files the complaint, the board must receive the complaint no later than the earlier of:

(a) One year after the date the structure was first occupied; or

(b) Two years after substantial completion of the structure by the contractor filed against.

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this section, if the owner of an existing structure files the complaint, the board must receive the complaint no later than one year after the date the work was substantially completed by the contractor filed against.

(3) Regardless of whether the complaint involves a new or an existing structure, if the owner of the structure files the complaint and the licensed contractor failed to begin the work, the board must receive the complaint no later than one year after the date the parties entered into the contract.

(4) Regardless of whether the complaint involves a new or an existing structure, if the owner of the structure files the complaint and the licensed contractor failed to substantially complete the work, the board must receive the complaint no later than one year after the date the contractor ceased to work on the structure.

(5) Except as otherwise provided in this section, if a licensed contractor files the complaint against the licensed contractor performing work as a subcontractor on a new structure, the board must receive the complaint no later than the earlier of:

(a) Fourteen months after the date the structure was first occupied; or

(b) Two years after substantial completion of the structure.

(6) Except as otherwise provided in this section, if a licensed contractor files the complaint against the licensed contractor performing work as a subcontractor on an existing structure, the board must receive the complaint no later than 14 months after the date the work on the structure was substantially completed.

(7) If a licensed contractor files the complaint against the licensed contractor performing work as a subcontractor on a structure and the subcontractor failed to substantially complete the work, the board must receive the complaint no later than 14 months after the date the subcontractor ceased to work on the structure.

(8) If the licensed contractor’s employee, subcontractor or material or equipment supplier files the complaint, the board must receive the complaint no later than one year after the date the contractor incurred the indebtedness. [2001 c.197 §2 and 2001 c.414 §2; 2007 c.793 §13]

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.