Sec. 20-417b. Registration of contractors required. Application. Fees. Renewal. (a) No person shall engage in the business of new home construction or hold
himself or herself out as a new home construction contractor unless such person has
been issued a certificate of registration by the commissioner in accordance with the
provisions of sections 20-417a to 20-417j, inclusive. No new home construction contractor shall be relieved of responsibility for the conduct and acts of its agents, employees
or officers by reason of such new home construction contractor's compliance with the
provisions of sections 20-417a to 20-417j, inclusive.
(b) Any person seeking a certificate of registration shall apply to the commissioner, in writing, on a form provided by the commissioner. The application shall include (1) the applicant's name, business street address and business telephone number, (2) the identity of the insurer that provides the applicant with insurance coverage for liability, (3) if such applicant is required by any provision of the general statutes to have workers' compensation coverage, the identity of the insurer that provides the applicant with such workers' compensation coverage, and (4) if such applicant is required by any provision of the general statutes to have an agent for service of process, the name and address of such agent. Each such application shall be accompanied by a fee of two hundred forty dollars, except that no such application fee shall be required if such person has paid the registration fee required under section 20-421 during any year in which such person's registration as a new home construction contractor would be valid.
(c) Certificates issued to new home construction contractors shall not be transferable or assignable.
(d) All certificates issued under the provisions of sections 20-417a to 20-417j, inclusive, shall expire biennially. The fee for renewal of a certificate shall be the same as the fee charged for an original application, except that no renewal fee is due if a person seeking renewal of a certificate has paid the registration fee under section 20-427 during any year in which such person's registration as a new home construction contractor would be valid.
(e) A certificate shall not be restored unless it is renewed not later than one year after its expiration.
(f) Failure to receive a notice of expiration or a renewal application shall not exempt a new home construction contractor from the obligation to renew.
(P.A. 99-246, S. 2; P.A. 00-132, S. 3, 6; P.A. 01-195, S. 84, 181; P.A. 03-19, S. 54; P.A. 06-73, S. 2-4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 258.)
History: P.A. 00-132 amended Subsec. (b) to change "residence or business address" to "business street address", to delete provision re errors and omissions and to add application requirements re workers' compensation coverage and agent for service of process, and amended Subsec. (d) to add provision re when renewal fee is not due, effective May 26, 2000; P.A. 01-195 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (d), effective July 11, 2001; P.A. 03-19 made a technical change in Subsec. (b)(1), effective May 12, 2003; P.A. 06-73 replaced references to "sections 20-417a to 20-417i, inclusive, and subsection (b) of section 20-421" with "sections 20-417a to 20-417j, inclusive", where appearing, amended Subsec. (d) to delete exception under Sec. 20-417i(c) to amount of renewal fee and amended Subsec. (f) to replace "contractor" with "new home construction contractor", effective May 30, 2006; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (b) to increase application fee from $120 to $240.
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Sec. 20-417d. Copy of certificate and written disclosure notice to be provided
to consumers. Advertising requirements. Contact by prospective consumers. Prohibited acts. (a) A new home construction contractor shall (1) prior to entering into a
contract with a consumer for new home construction, provide to the consumer a copy
of the new home construction contractor's certificate of registration and a written notice
that (A) discloses that the certificate of registration does not represent in any manner
that such contractor's registration constitutes an endorsement of the quality of such
person's work or of such contractor's competency by the commissioner, (B) advises
the consumer to contact the Department of Consumer Protection to determine (i) if such
contractor is registered in this state as a new home construction contractor, (ii) if any
complaints have been filed against such contractor, and (iii) the disposition of any such
complaints, (C) advises the consumer to request from such contractor a list of consumers
of new homes constructed to completion by the contractor during the previous twenty-four months and to contact several individuals on the list to discuss the quality of such
contractor's new home construction work, and (D) discloses each corporation, limited
liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship or other legal entity, which is or has
been a new home construction contractor under the provisions of this chapter or a home
improvement contractor under the provisions of chapter 400, in which the owner or
owners of the new home construction contractor providing the written notice required
by this section are or have been a shareholder, member, partner or owner during the
previous five years, (2) state in any advertisement, including any advertisement in a
telephone directory, the fact that such contractor is registered, and (3) include such
contractor's registration number in any such advertisement. The new home construction
contractor, or his agent, shall also discuss with the consumer the installation of an automatic fire extinguishing system in a new home.
(b) A new home construction contractor shall include in every contract with a consumer a provision advising the consumer that the consumer may be contacted by such contractor's prospective consumers concerning the quality and timeliness of such contractor's new home construction work, unless the consumer advises such contractor, in writing, at the time the contract is executed, that the consumer prefers not to be contacted.
(c) The written notice required in subsection (a) of this section shall be in capital letters not less than ten-point bold face type, and may include a statement in substantially the following form:
"NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR
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