39-9-101 et. seq. MCA
The purpose of Construction Contractor Registration is to assure that all construction contractors are competing fairly and are in compliance with the workers' compensation laws. The law also provides for protection from upward migration of workers' compensation liability. If the construction contractor is registered and in good standing on the date the contract begins, the liability for workers' compensation accidents will not be the responsibility of the general contractor or the homeowner. There is also a provision for industry and consumer education.
All incorporated construction contractors and construction contractors with employees must register. Construction contractors without employees, plumbers and electricians may register but registration is not required. The registration cost is $53 for a two-year registration. The department provides a list of all registered construction contractors. This list is available on the Internet. If a construction contractor does not register, there is a provision for a penalty of up to $500.
If a construction contractor falsifies a registration or uses a falsified registration, there is a penalty of not more than $5,000.
The program is creating ID cards for registered contractors. This is more convenient for contractors that need to show proof of registration if they don't have their certificate with them.
The program participates in several home shows around the state. If you would like us to come to your area please contact us.
We are available for meetings and educational presentations. If you have any suggestions to help us improve what we do, please let us know.
Workers' Compensation Regulation Bureau
1805 Prospect Avenue
P.O. Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604-8011