2015 ORS 701.445¹
Home inspectors
  • certification
  • rules
  • fees
  • exemption

(1) An individual may not undertake, offer to undertake or submit a bid to do work as a home inspector unless the individual is certified as a home inspector under this section by the Construction Contractors Board and is an owner of, or employed by, a business that is licensed by the board.

(2) A business may not undertake, offer to undertake or submit a bid to do work as a home inspector unless the business is licensed by the board under this chapter and has an owner or an employee who is certified as a home inspector under this section. The board may adopt rules for determining whether an inspection and report that is limited to one or more specific systems or components of a residential structure or appurtenance is a sufficient assessment of the overall physical condition of the structure or appurtenance to constitute the services of a home inspector.

(3) The board shall adopt minimum standards of practice and professional conduct.

(4) The board shall require that an applicant for certification as a home inspector pass a test demonstrating the competency of the applicant to act as a home inspector. The board may adopt rules accepting the results of competency testing by a nationally recognized certification program for home inspectors. The board may adopt rules establishing additional requirements for the issuance or renewal of a home inspector certificate, including but not limited to training and continuing education requirements.

(5) The board shall adopt rules establishing procedures for the issuance, renewal and revocation of home inspector certification.

(6) The board may adopt rules establishing fees necessary for the administration of this section. The fees may not exceed the following:

(a) $50 for application.

(b) $50 for testing.

(c) $150 for issuance of an initial two-year certificate.

(d) $150 for renewal of a two-year certificate.

(7) This section does not apply to a person acting within the scope of a license, certificate or registration issued to the person by the Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board under ORS chapter 674. [Formerly 701.350]

Note: Section 3b, chapter 814, Oregon Laws 1997, provides:

Sec. 3b. The requirements of section 3 of this Act [701.445 (Home inspectors) (1) and (2)] shall not apply to a person registered each year as a general contractor under ORS chapter 701 during the period from January 1, 1991, through the effective date of this Act [August 11, 1997]. [1997 c.814 §3b]

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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