The Washington State Legislature has created a new licensing category of construction contractors called Licensed Plumbing Contractors. Starting July 1 of 2021, only contractors with this license can do plumbing work. To be licensed, plumbing contractors will be required, among other things, to carry a Washington Continuous Contractor Surety Bond in the amount of $6,000. (RCW 18.106.410)
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries states that the new plumbing license is a big change for current general construction and specialty plumbing contractors. They will no longer meet state requirements to perform plumbing work under their current contractor registration.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries will be implementing the law. Here is some information from them that may be helpful with regard to the new requirement:
- Department of Labor & Industries will no longer register contractors under the “construction contractor specialty plumbing” category starting July 1. If contractors with that existing registration want to become licensed plumbing contractors, they must obtain a new bond.
- Some contractors may want to obtain the new plumbing contractor license and maintain their general construction contractor registration. A separate bond will be required for each registration.