Since September 2012, all contractors providing residential or commercial building construction or improvement services that does not require a license must to register with Department of Labor and Industry through the Construction Contractor Registration Program.
Who Needs To Register
An individual or business entity that performs commercial or residential building construction or improvement services must register with DLI unless they:
have a current license, certificate or registration issued by DLI;
are an employee of a business performing construction services; or
hold a current residential building contractor or remodeler certificate of exemption issued by DLI; or
Subcontractors not involved in the construction or physical improvement of a home, such as landscapers, cleaners and painters are examples of contractors not required to register with DLI.
Why is Registration Important?
The Contractor Registration Program was created by the legislature to assist DLI in its investigation of worker misclassification (treating employees as independent contractors).
By law, an unregistered “subcontractor” is presumed to be an employee of any contractor that hires them.
The hiring contractor can rebut this presumption if they can prove that the relationship between them and the subcontractor complies with all nine factors of the Nine Factor Test found in Minn. Stat. § 181.723, subd. 4
Hiring an unregistered is a violation of law, though the monetary penalty is forgiven for the first violation.
Even if your subcontractors are registered, your relationship with them must meet the Nine Factor Test or they will be deemed to be employees of your company even if they operate as a business entity (corporation or LLC) and maintain their own liability and workers’ compensation insurance.
When hiring subcontractors, be sure to verify that the subcontractor is properly registered or licensed with DLI.
Members looking to check on the status of contractor’s license or registration can visit DLI’s online License Lookup tool using the following directions:
Under “License class” select “Business”
Next, under “Select a discipline” select “Registered Contractors”
Then, under “Select a classification” select “CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION”
Click “Search” button after typing in at least part of the contractor’s business name in the search box (you do not need to use wildcards like * or %)
For more information about this topic, visit the DLI website.