Home improvement contractors may be required to register in Ohio if a new proposed House Bill becomes law. The proposed legislation, House Bill 77, is sponsored by Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland. Currently, residential general contractors in Ohio do not require a license from the State, only insurance and bonding. In order to protect Ohio consumers from unscrupulous contractors, a registration system has been proposed that would help control and track the quality of contractors working in the State of Ohio.
Violating this proposed registration requirement would result in a first degree misdemeanor. Pursuant to the proposed House Bill the registered home improvement contractor must present a copy of their registration to a consumer before performing or offering to perform any home improvement services.