It’s time to save trees and get rid of paper registrations! If your entity is simply collecting fees and forms, your entity may be at risk.
Civil Systems offer:
- Automated online registration and management.
- Standardized workflow.
- Verified credentials including driver license, state trade license and insurance.
- Paused registration/permit as credentials expire or are removed.
Once per year registrations are insufficient.
A repeated message heard lately is requiring state licensing for roofing contractors like other contractors such as plumbers, electricians, and, etc. While this is a positive step forward, this will fail miserably without proper management. While the state does not require roofing contractors to be state licensed, at least some cities require contractor registration, also known as a local business license, to perform work within the city’s limits. However, often it is only form completion and fee collection. In Texas, there is minimal standardization between cities and most of the time an antiquated manual process. Once registered annually (or every two years in some cities!) nothing more is done with the registration. Contractor registrations should require a driver license, any required state professional trade license, and general liability insurance.
There is no standard between cities, so some require insurance and others don’t. Often, when asking some cities what the minimum amount of required insurance is, the answer, there isn’t one. There’s a big difference between $100,000 and $1M! When required, rarely is it verified. Nothing stops the contractor from obtaining insurance one day and cancelling it the next. Insurance companies often tell us the insurance certificate is often forged and seldom verified. Recently, we spoke with a local city councilperson, who confirmed in his city, an electrician in fact caused a major issue to find out his insurance had been previously terminated.
Yes, roofers should be state licensed; however, licensing is not the real problem. Instead, it is the lack of proper management of registrations and licensing which is the true problem.
Some cities require a driver license or government issued identification. At least most states require individuals to update the address which they reside within 30 days of relocation. It is illegal to possess a driver license for more than one state. A driver license is the very basic requirement for issuing a citation, should the need require. The intent is at a minimum, with a valid driver license, you might have a chance at locating the individual
Government agencies like cities, who require registration without verifying credentials, put themselves at risk along with the contractor giving representation the contractor has proven reputable. Outdated manual registration processes must be replaced with an automated workflow system.
Registrations must be verified. Once per year verification is simply not enough, much less two years! Registrations should be more than collecting a form and paying a fee