§ 43-41-8. Eligibility for licensure without examination; reciprocity; burden upon applicant.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 43. PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES

Chapter 41. RESIDENTIAL AND GENERAL CONTRACTING

Current through 2019 Chapter 321

§ 43-41-8. Eligibility for licensure without examination; reciprocity; burden upon applicant

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the following persons desiring to qualify for a residential contractor license or a general contractor license under the provisions of this chapter, either individually or as a qualifying agent, shall be eligible for issuance of such a license by the appropriate division without examination, provided that such person submits a proper application and proofs, pays or has paid the required fees, otherwise meets the requirements of Code Section 43-41-6 for licensure, and is not otherwise in violation of this chapter:
(1) Any person who holds a current and valid license to engage in the comparable category of residential or general contracting issued to him or her by any governing authority of any political subdivision of this state which requires passing an examination which is substantially similar to the state examination for residential or general contractors, provided that such person is a Georgia resident and citizen, if an individual applying in his or her own behalf, or is seeking licensure as a qualifying agent for a business organization incorporated in Georgia or otherwise authorized and certified to transact business in Georgia with a regular office and place of business in Georgia currently and having had such office and place of business continuously for the five years immediately preceding such application; provided, further, that the examination results are made available to the appropriate division. Such application and request for exemption must be submitted within the time limits set forth in subsection (a) of Code Section 43-41-17 ;
(2) Any person who has successfully and efficiently engaged in the comparable category of residential or general contracting in this state as provided in this Code section; provided, however, that such person shall be either a resident and citizen of the State of Georgia or, if applying as a qualifying agent for a business organization, such business organization shall be either incorporated in Georgia or is a business organization otherwise authorized and certified to transact business in Georgia with a regular office and place of business in Georgia currently and having had such office and place of business continuously for the five years immediately preceding such application; provided, further, that such application and request for exemption is submitted within the time limits set forth in subsection (a) of Code Section 43-41-17. To prove that he or she has successfully engaged in residential-basic or residential-light commercial projects, the person shall be required to give evidence of three successful projects located in Georgia which were successfully completed over the period of five years immediately prior to the time of application; evidence of ten successfully completed residential-basic or residential-light commercial projects located in Georgia over the period of ten years immediately prior to the time of application; or evidence that he or she has participated in or been engaged in residential-basic or residential-light commercial construction in a supervisory or management capacity for seven of the ten years immediately prior to the time of application. To prove that he or she has successfully engaged in commercial general contracting, the person submitting the application shall be required to give evidence of five successful general contracting projects located in Georgia which were successfully completed over the period of five years immediately prior to the time of application or evidence of ten successful general contracting projects located in Georgia which were successfully completed over the period of ten years immediately prior to the time of application, such projects having been performed either by such person acting as an individual or by a business organization in which such individual person was affiliated by employment or ownership and over which such person had general oversight and management responsibilities;
(3) Any person who holds a current and valid license to practice a comparable category of residential or general contracting issued by another state or territory of the United States, where either such state or territory has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the board and divisions for the recognition of contractor licenses issued in that state or territory, or such application is pursuant to and in accordance with the regulations and requirements for reciprocity promulgated by the divisions in accordance with subsection (b) of Code Section 43-41-5. Additionally, such application shall meet the following requirements:
(A) The criteria for issuance of such license or certification by such other state or territory, including the requirement to successfully complete an examination, were substantially equivalent to Georgia's current license criteria;
(B) The application requirements and application form submitted to the other state or territory upon which such license was issued are available for review by the appropriate division and the examination results are made available to the appropriate division;
(C) The applicant shall demonstrate that he or she meets the qualifications, requirements, and criteria set forth in subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) of Code Section 43-41-6 ; and
(D) The applicant is otherwise in compliance with all requirements of this state for transaction of such business within this state; provided, however, that such application and request for exemption shall be submitted in accordance with subsection (a) of Code Section 43-41-17 ; and
(4) Any person who holds a current and valid license issued under this chapter to engage in the comparable category of residential or general contracting which license was issued to him or her in their capacity either as an individual licensee or as a qualifying agent for a business organization.
(b) Any applicant for issuance of a residential contractor or general contractor license under this title who shall seek exemption from the examination requirement under this Code section, on any basis set forth above, shall have the burden of establishing to the satisfaction and within the discretion of the appropriate division that the requirements for such exemption have been satisfied. The decision of such division as to the satisfaction of the requirements for such exemption from taking the examination shall, in the absence of fraud, be conclusive.
(c) Any business organization that had an applicant submit a complete and satisfactory application pursuant to this Code section, but was not issued a license due to the death of the qualifying agent applicant prior to the issuance of the license, shall remain eligible for consideration under this Code section with the submission of a new qualifying agent applicant for such business entity.

Cite as OCGA § 43-41-8

History. Amended by 2010 Ga. Laws 351, §1, eff. 7/1/2010.

Amended by 2008 Ga. Laws 471, §43, eff. 5/12/2008.

Amended by 2007 Ga. Laws 322, §5, eff. 5/29/2007.

Amended by 2006 Ga. Laws 536, §1, eff. 4/20/2006.

Added by 2004 Ga. Laws 598, §1, eff. only upon the effective date of an appropriation of funds as expressed in a line item making specific reference to the full funding of 2004 Ga. Laws 598 in an appropriations Act enacted by the General Assembly.