Properly licensed and qualified contractors…It’s the Law!”

The following is a reprint of the March, 2011 News Source Bulletin published by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors...


Recent Legislative Changes Allow for Prosecution of Unlicensed Contractors
 
In addition to any administrative actions and penalties imposed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC), Act 156 of the 2009 Regular Legislative Session, now makes it “unlawful for any person to engage in the business of contracting” without the proper authority mandated in R.S. 37:2160.

This recently enacted legislation provides that any entity operating without a license from the LSLBC, and who “causes harm or damage to another in excess of three hundred dollars, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than six months nor more than five years, or both.”  Furthermore, the District Attorney, in whose jurisdiction the violation occurs, has sole authority to prosecute these criminal actions.

The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors embraces these statutory improvements, which are designed to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of all persons dealing with contractors.

Properly licensed and qualified contractors…It’s the Law!”

For any questions or further information, please refer to the website at www.lslbc.louisiana.gov or contact our Public Information Officer at 225-765-2301 Ext. 213 or via email at kfitch@lslbc.louisiana.gov .