Registration of Contractors

1355.01 Registration required.
1355.02 Definitions.
1355.03 Application for registration.
1355.04 Qualifications.
1355.05 Fees.
1355.06 Suspension.
1355.07 Appeals.
1355.08 Exemptions.
1355.99 Penalty.


Power to license - see Ohio R.C. 715.27

All persons, firms, corporations, partnerships or any combination thereof, engaged as a contractor as hereinafter defined, shall be required to register for all trade engaged within the City before performing any work within the City and shall be subject to all the provisions of this chapter.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) "Contractor" means a person, firm, corporation, partnership, or any combination thereof, who engages for hire in construction or improvements within the City in one or more trade categories, whether acting for themselves or others, and whether such trade is being performed by themselves, their employees or under subcontract. In the event that the one trade category is under subcontract, no work shall be performed until the subcontractor is registered by the City.

(b) "Trade" means any field of work requiring special skill or involving the use of specialized building crafts and includes the following:

(1) Masonry, which includes, but is not limited to, brick laying, block laying, concrete and cement, asphalt work and paving.

(2) Carpentry, which includes, but is not limited to, woodworking, siding, roofing and windows.

(3) Heating, tinning, central air conditioning and sheet metal work.

(4) Wall covering, which includes, but is not limited to, plastering, dry wall, taping, insulating and lath work.

(5) Excavation, which includes, but is not limited to, sanitary sewer work, storm sewer work and general excavating, earth moving and grading.

(6) Structural iron work for new construction.

(7) Sign erection.

(8) Swimming pool installation for all pools installed below grade.

(9) Any work that the Code Administrator deems to fit into the registration procedure for contractors.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

Application for registration shall be made to the Code Administrator on forms provided therefor.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

The following qualifications for registrations shall apply:

(a) The applicant shall submit certified copies of Workers? Compensation and liability insurance coverage with minimum coverage limits of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000).

(b) All registrations shall be valid for a period of one calendar year from the date of issue. Renewal of registrations may be commenced thirty days prior to the expiration date.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

1355.05 FEES.
Upon the approval of the application for registration, and before a certificate is issued, the following fees shall apply:

Initial fee for 1996      $25.00

Annual renewal fee     $25.00

(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

Registration may be suspended by the Code Administrator upon giving written notice to that effect to the contractor for any of the following reasons:

(a) Violation of any provision of this chapter or any law or the Building Code.

(b) Misrepresentation of material fact in order to become registered, or in the renewal of registration.

(c) Failure to secure permits, inspections and approvals required by the Building Code.

(d) Use of registration to obtain a permit for another.

(e) Failure or refusal to correct a violation of the Building Code within a prescribed period of time or to correct incompetent work as ordered by the Code Administrator.

(f) For any other reason that is determined to be adverse to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

1355.07 APPEALS.

(a) The Director of Public Safety shall hear all appeals of a decision to suspend registration by the Code Administrator.

(b) Persons, firms or corporations aggrieved by the decision of the Code Administrator may, within five working days of the date of receipt of notice of suspension, appeal to the Director of Public Safety by filing with the Code Administrator written notice of appeal, specifying the reasons therefor.

(c) The Director of Public Safety, within three working days of the date of receipt of the appeal by the Code Administrator, shall afford a public meeting upon such appeal. The Director of Public Safety shall at that meeting affirm or reverse the decision of the Code Administrator.

(d) The Director of Public Safety shall affirm the decision of the Code Administrator unless he finds:

(1) That the Code Administrator erred as a matter of law; or

(2) That the decision is not supported by reliable or probative evidence.

(e) Any party aggrieved by the decision of the Director of Public Safety may appeal to Council for final judgement by filing written notice thereof to the Clerk of Council within thirty days of the date of the decision by the Director of Public Safety. Council shall make a decision within thirty days.

(f) No person shall do any work authorized by a certificate of registration when the same is suspended or revoked.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

Persons exempt from registration shall be as follows:

(a) Homeowners. No provision or provisions of this chapter shall be construed to require that a bona fide owner of a one, two or three-family dwelling be registered, who personally will perform work upon his premises. Homeowners, however, shall be required to obtain all necessary permits. Such work shall be performed in accordance with the Building Code and according to plans and specifications filed with the application for permit.

(b) Government Agencies; Public Utilities; Private Organizations. Provisions of registration shall not apply to federal, state, county or municipal governmental agencies, public utilities furnishing services to the City under municipal-utility franchise agreements, or to industrial, commercial or institutional organizations. A maintenance department, doing work within the provisions of the Building Code, is provided for except that should work covered by the Building Code be contracted to outside concerns, then such contractors shall be registered with the City as provided herein.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

1355.99 PENALTY.
Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). Each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 96-015. Passed 6-20-96.)

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