2017 Code of Alabama
Title 34 - PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES.
Chapter 14A - HOME BUILDING AND HOME IMPROVEMENT INDUSTRIES.
Section 34-14A-5 - Licenses required; exceptions; fees.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 34-14A-5 (2017)
Section 34-14A-5Licenses required; exceptions; fees.

(a) All residential home builders shall be required to be licensed by the Home Builders Licensure Board annually.

(b) Any person engaged in residential home building in Washington County shall be duly licensed by the board, without a written examination testing his or her experience and ability, by meeting the licensing requirements of Section 34-14A-7, by paying the required annual license fee, and by meeting any one of the following requirements by March 1, 2007:

(1) The person submits to the board an affidavit showing that the residential home builder has constructed a minimum of one residence within the year prior to March 1, 2007, or five residences within the previous five years.

(2) The person satisfies the board of his or her building qualifications and experience.

(3) The person is currently licensed as a residential home builder by a jurisdiction in this state which requires an examination for licensure.

(4) The person is a currently licensed residential remodeler by a jurisdiction in this state, who by his or her personal affidavit can establish that his or her business did a gross remodeling dollar volume in the previous calendar year of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or more.

(c) Except as provided in this chapter, all licenses shall be issued or renewed upon the payment to the board of the annual license fee. The annual license fee shall be set by the board after it considers its cost of operation. The annual fee may be increased or decreased by the board but in no event shall the board set the annual fee at an amount which would not provide sufficient revenues to pay all the salaries, costs, and expenses incurred by the board in enforcing this chapter. The board may also charge application processing fees, inactive license fees, late fees, and fees for education requirements. The inactive fees may be waived for building officials. The board may, upon request in writing, refund fees, except the application processing fee, paid by an applicant who is denied a license or who fails to complete the application process. No fees shall be refunded to a licensee as a result of a license revocation. The annual license fee shall be for a period of 12 months beginning January first of each year. All license fees collected by the board shall be paid into the State Treasury to the credit of the Home Builders Licensure Board Fund and its funds shall be subject to withdrawal only upon warrant of the state Comptroller to be issued upon certification of the secretary/treasurer of the board.

(d) Any funds remaining in the State Treasury to the credit of the Home Builders Licensure Board Fund at the end of each year shall be paid into the General Fund of the state on or before January 15, and in each succeeding year, except that should the board exercise its authority to establish the Homeowner's Recovery Fund or the Home Builders Property Acquisition Fund, or both, as provided in this chapter, any funds remaining in the State Treasury to the credit of the Home Builders Licensure Board Fund shall be paid into the Homeowner's Recovery Fund or the Home Builders Property Acquisition Fund, or both, of the board. The board is authorized to maintain sufficient funds to carry out the purposes of the Homeowner's Recovery Fund and the Home Builders Property Acquisition Fund, as set forth in Sections 34-14A-15 and 34-14A-18, including, but not limited to, the transfer of funds between the Homeowner's Recovery Fund and the Home Builders Property Acquisition Fund. The board is authorized, at all times, to retain a sum not in excess of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) to meet any emergency that may arise which may affect its efficient operation.

(e) No funds shall be withdrawn or expended except as budgeted and allocated according to Sections 41-4-80 to 41-4-96, inclusive, and 41-19-1 to 41-19-12, inclusive, and only in amounts as stipulated in the general appropriations bill or other appropriations bills.

(Acts 1992, No. 92-608, p. 1282, §5; Acts 1997, No. 97-250, p. 457, §3; Act 2002-72, p. 163, §1; Act 2006-105, p. 136, §1.)
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