New Law Requires Better Credentials, Building Permits

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Effective Saturday, some contractors in Jefferson County will have to carry certification or complete state-run classes in order to operate in the county. In addition, developers will no longer be able to obtain just one permit to begin building.

The county adopted new ordinances in December to better regulate builders. The ordinances affect electricians, septic-system installers and builders.

Electrical contractors must be certified through the county. Employees of the electrical contractor do not have to be certified. Certification is $50 a year. Septic installers must take a state registration class. Alvin Marschel, the county's building commissioner, said his office had been working to bring contractors into compliance with the new ordinances. "We sent out letters to all known contractors who operate in the county," he said. Under the new regulations, each contractor who works on a home will be required to get a separate permit. For example, a building permit for a single-story house of 1,400 square feet now costs about $165 and includes electrical, plumbing and sewer work. …