Wednesday, June 23, 2021

July 1 Washington State Contractor Law Changes


General contractors who are offering, advertising, and/or bidding on projects that require plumbing work to be completed, beginning July 1, 2021, must subcontract that work to a licensed plumbing contractor

That means that all contractors (including house flippers and r.e. agents) must hire a licensed plumbing contractor to work on your plumbing.

Wait! There's more!


Plumbing contractors must designate to L&I, a certified plumber as the “dedicated plumber” for their company. This could be an owner/partner or a full-time employee.

That means there has to be a licensed plumber working for every single plumbing company and that's a very great thing. Not all companies in Whatcom have licensed plumbers working for them.

Electricians have had to have a certified electrician since Day One, so this law isn't new to Washington state, just to the plumbing industry.

The law goes deeper than those two points, but from my p.o.v., they're the most important. 

Note that there is a hard deadline of September 1, 2021 to accommodate the slackin' existing plumbing contractors to complete the paperwork--all two forms. I mailed my paperwork today.