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Executive Director George Whalen

george whalenWelcome to the web-site of the RI Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board. It is indeed an honor and privilege to be able to provide these services to the people of our great State.

In this endeavor, we will try to assist contractors and consumers to settle any disputes that arise within our jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

"Our mission is safeguarding consumer rights and providing a fair, just, and positive environment for the construction industry."

Contact us at:
1 Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908

Phone (401) 222-1268
Fax (401) 222-1940
TDD (401) 222-6334

The information contained in these sections is not meant to provide legal advice. If you have specific questions about any matter in the above sections, you are encouraged to consult with your attorney or contact us.

Important Notice

Effective January 1, 2017, individuals performing residential water filtration/ treatment-system contractor and installation activities, as defined in R.I.G.L. Section 5-65.2-2(9) and (10), are required to hold a valid registration with the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board, in accordance with R.I.G.L. Section 5-65.2-3, until further licensing procedures are adopted and implemented by the Board.

Effective April, 2016, continuing education requirements established by law for residential contractors will take effect during the next registration renewal cycle. This means that all residential contractors including contractors who perform both residential and commercial work, will be required to obtain and provide proof of five (5) hours of continuing education classes prior to the renewal of registration in 2018.
Click here to view continuing education providers and courses.

Effective July 1, 2015, all new registrations issued by Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board will require five (5) hours of education from a board approved provider. These courses must be instructor lead.
Click here to view Pre-Education requirements for registration.
* Any principal person previously registered with the Board prior to July 1, 2015 and whose registration has not been expired within the last ten years, will not be required to take the Pre-education requirements.



Attention Potential Educational Providers

The Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board's has adopted new Rules and Regulations whereby all new residential contractors will be required to obtain educational credits in order to become registered and will have to obtain continuing education credits in order to maintain the registration. Certain licenses governed by the Board will also be required to obtain continuing education credits to maintain the license (Home Inspectors, Underground Utility Contractors, and Well Drilling Contractors/Pump Installers).

The effective date for all new residential registrants to acquire education prior to getting issued a registration has now been set by the Board and will be:

July 1, 2015

The Board is currently accepting and reviewing applications for potential educational providers. Interested parties must meet the educational provider requirements set forth in Section 3.8 of the Rules and Regulations, including submitting an application, affidavit, and fees, etc.

If you are interested in applying, please see the information attached:

Section 3.8 of Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board Rules and Regulations (Education)

Educational Provider Checklist

Educational Provider Application

Building Safety Month - May 2016

ATTENTION CONSUMERS: After a Disaster Don't Get Scammed!

Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board Warns Consumers about Non-Registered Contractors after Disasters

Non-Registered contractors, unscrupulous as they often are, prey on victims in or after natural disasters. It is a misdemeanor offense to not be registered in the State of Rhode Island without a proper registration card issued by the Board and violators are subject to fines of up to $5,000.00 for the first offense. Consumers can protect themselves by using RICRLB's resources to check on a contractor's registration status and history.


Board Reminds Contractors They Must Hold A Valid Registration in the State of Rhode Island To Work.

In Rhode Island, the Board reminds contractors that they must hold a valid contractor's registration in order to perform most work on homes and other structures damaged or destroyed in natural disasters as well as commercial structures.

Before hiring a contractor...

If your home or property has been damaged by a flood or other disaster, don't let unscrupulous individuals take advantage of you during this vulnerable time.

Before you hire a contractor or sign any documents for repairs, please consider taking the following basic steps, offered by the State of Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board:

  • Don't rush into repairs, no matter how bad it may seem, and things are usually pretty bad when it comes to water damage, please get at least (3) three bids.
  • Never pay CASH, especially up front before work is started!
  • Get proof, see the card issued by the Board, that the Contractor is registered insured.
  • Be cautious about door-to-door sales pitches or flyers that are left on your doorstep!
  • Ask family and friends or business associates for recommendations about someone they may have hired that was dependable. References are good but you can also check with trade organizations and verify credentials from the Boards website.
  • Even for the smallest job, get proof that the person you are dealing with has a contractor's registration or the required license if he is a trades' person, for the type of work that needs to be done.
  • Get your contract in WRITING, and be specific and detailed for every aspect of the work!
  • Avoid large up front payments, and don't release final payment until all work has been completed.
  • High pressure sales and exorbitant prices in these times are not unusual; use common sense and make sure you get multiple quotes for the same work.
  • Permits protect your interest; make sure they are properly obtained, it is required by law.
  • R.I. Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board (www.crb.state.ri.us) 401-222-1270
  • R.I. State Building Code Commission (www.ribcc.ri.gov) 401-222-1129
  • R.I. Emergency Management Agency (www.riema.ri.gov) 401-946-9996
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov or 800.621.FEMA946

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