With our Builder Registration bill working its way through the Oklahoma House, I have been asked several times recently about the fee builders will be charged annually by the Construction Industries Board (CIB) if, and when this bill becomes law. The fee as presented will be $300 annually. This is about the same as what we are currently paying our municipal or county permitting authorities for registration...and all they do is verify our General Liability and Worker's Compensation insurance. Keep in mind, it will no longer be necessary or required for cities and counties to charge you for registration or to verify insurance.
Another comment I've received about our bill laments the fact that the Construction Industries Board (CIB) will have oversight of this program. Under the current make-up of the CIB, I would agree! However, we have inserted language that changes the composition of the CIB's seven members to include one plumber, one electrician, one mechanical contractor, one homebuilder, one commercial contractor, one roofer, and one building inspector. All must have at least 10 years' experience, and will be appointed by the Governor to staggered terms of four years. They will also be limited to two full terms.
The bill also creates an Advisory Committee of residential and commercial builders who will be the first to hear all grievances against registered builders, and will advise the CIB as necessary. This is the peer group that will set the rules and oversee the registration of builders. It copies all of the other groups that are under the CIB umbrella.
I feel confident that this legislation will raise the bar on professionalism in our industry, and level the playing field so that ALL builders in Oklahoma are held to a minimum standard.
2015 OSHBA State President
Last month we announced a state affinity program with Liberty Mutual! Well to help jump start the program Liberty Mutual is giving away 2 free tickets to a Thunder Basketball game. Must enter by March 31 by using this form. There is no purchase required and you do not have to call for a free, no-obligation quote! (But you are more than welcome to!)
This opportunity is for Associates and Builders! All you have to be is a member!
Please click here to learn about the program and how to contact our two representatives - Johnathan Panner or Andrea Boyea.