NSCB celebrates National Military Appreciation Month

The Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) is committed to ensuring the integrity and professionalism of the construction industry in Nevada. The NSCB has a responsibility to promote quality construction by Nevada Licensed Contractors through a regulatory licensing system designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The Council is empowered to determine the qualifications of applicants prior to the granting of licenses, to establish license conditions, such as limitation of the scope and scope of operations of a licensed contractor, bonding requirements and the establishment maximum contractual limits. The Board is also empowered to promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to implement and enforce the enabling statute, NRS 624, and to sanction licensees found to violate the law.
The procedure for determining the applicant’s qualifications for obtaining a permit is contained in NRS 624.250 to 624.270. Qualification for a contractor’s license is determined by written management and trade examinations, thorough and detailed investigation of qualifications, background, ability, experience, competence, general character and established evidence of the applicant’s financial responsibility. The process provides some assurance to the Commission and the public that a licensee is competent and qualified at the time of initial licensing. Financial responsibility is determined using standards and criteria defined by law, including:
Net worth, amount of liquid assets, payment and credit history, prior business experience, prior and pending lawsuits, prior and pending liens, adverse judgments, felony conviction or crime involving moral turpitude, prior suspension or revocation of a contractor’s license in Nevada or elsewhere, a bankruptcy judgment or other proceeding under federal bankruptcy laws, form of business organization, information obtained from confidential financial references and credit reports, and the claimant’s reputation for honesty and integrity.
Upon receipt of a complaint or a request for investigation, the Commission has the power to investigate the actions of persons who are licensed contractors and persons who contract without a license. If an investigation reveals a breach of the Commission’s Jurisdiction Act, NRS 624, formal charges may be filed. Investigations and disciplinary proceedings must be conducted in accordance with the law. The Board must comply with the legal standards and requirements applicable to investigations and disciplinary proceedings and actions. The Council has the power to investigate persons contracting without a license and can issue a summons to the unlicensed person requesting a court appearance and imposing a fine. Prosecution of unlicensed procurement cases are prosecuted through the court system.
It is the role of the Board to hear arguments on the relevant issues at the formal hearing. All testimony must be given under oath. At the end of the hearing, the Board or its designated hearing officer determines the facts and, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, renders a just decision.
The Board shall decide whether to impose or deny a sanction or disciplinary measure against the licensee, as it deems appropriate. The most serious penalty the Nevada State Contractors Board can impose is revoking the contractor’s license. Other disciplinary actions may include a letter or reprimand, suspension of license, imposition of a fine of up to $10,000 per violation, remedial order, probation, limitation of the scope or monetary limit of the permit, or any other action.

To learn more, visit www.nvcontractorsboard.com. Or call 702-486-1100.

This program served to highlight specific programs offered by the Nevada State Contractors Board to military personnel and their families. May was National Military Appreciation Month and the NSCB has programs to help members of the Army, National Guard, military spouses and veterans become licensed contractors or maintain their licenses. Mike Phillips, PIO for NSCB, was the guest and provided information on the organization as well as the programs offered to the military. The community is encouraged to call or email to see if they qualify for one of these programs. There was also talk of Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Mike talked about entrepreneurs taking advantage of seniors in our community and what our seniors can watch out for to avoid getting ripped off. The consequences of hiring unlicensed contractors in Nevada and the steps consumers can take if they have been scammed were also mentioned.

Original broadcast date; June 12, 2022.

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