Construction Contractor Registration Unit

 

Becoming a Registered Contractor

Who is required?

  • All construction contractors with employees must register
  • A construction contractor is defined, simply, as anyone who adds to or takes away from a structure

Why is it required?

  • Construction Contractor Registration (CR) helps level the playing field in the construction industry by assuring that all construction contractors are in compliance with the Montana Workers’ Compensation (WC) Act

How to obtain a CR

  • Read, complete, and submit an application form with a non-refundable $53 fee to the Department of Labor and Industry

Construction contractors can be fined up to $500 per violation for:

  • Performing work without a CR if required to obtain one
  • Performing work with a suspended CR
  • Transferring their CR to another person

When Hiring a Construction Contractor

Make sure you:

  • Have a written contract that states what is to be performed, materials used, start and completion dates, payment based on completed project and liability for failure to complete the project
  • Obtain references and check them out to ensure they are experts in their field of work
  • Check periodically to confirm that they have valid CR and WC insurance on their employees
  • Ask for proof of their CR and verify it is in good standing by searching on our website; or calling our office at (406) 444-0563

Advantages

  • Liability Protection – Registration prevents the employee/employer relationship liability of subcontractors from migrating to you
  • Credibility – Those who complete the paperwork and pay attention to the law may also be more likely to care about the quality of their work
  • Opportunity – Getting registered may make it easier to obtain work. Many will not hire unregistered construction contractors

Construction Contractor Administrative Rules of Montana

ARM 24.33.101-24.33.151

Montana Code Annotated

CR Statutes 39.9.101-401

Court Cases

Japeth Edmunds vs. Liberty Northwest Insurance

RAM Montana, Incorp. vs. Independent Contractor Central Unit / Uninsured Employers' Fund (pdf)

Contact Information 

Construction Contractor Registration Unit - (406) 444-0563
Supervisor/ Program Manager - Dallas Cox - (406) 444-9586

Mailing Address:
Construction Contractor Registration Unit
PO Box 8011
Helena, MT  59604-8011

Physical Location (in Helena for overnight mailing and same day processing for walk-in customers):
1805 Prospect Ave
Helena, MT  59601

Thursday, June 19, 2014
 
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