June 28, 2021
Contractors must obtain their Contractor Registration Certificate
prior to performing construction services or maintenance work throughout Delaware. Regarding public works projects only, contractors working on July 1, 2021, must submit their application and fee by August 1, 2021.
According to the Delaware Department of Labor website, “Construction Services” includes, without limitation, all building or work on the following: buildings, structures, and improvements of all types such as bridges, dams, plants, highways, parkways, streets, tunnels, sewers, mains, power lines, pumping stations, heavy generators, railways, airports, terminals, docks, piers, wharves, buoys, jetties, breakwaters, levees, canals, dredging, shoring, rehabilitation and reactivation of plants, scaffolding, drilling, blasting, excavating, clearing and landscaping and tree cutting.
Purpose of the Act
The Delaware Contractor Registration Act
creates a fair bidding environment for contractors who obey the law and ensures that all are properly licensed and are providing required protections to all of their workers. The Act creates a contractor registration system to effectively regulate employee misclassification by doing all the following:
- Requires contractors to pay a small annual fee and apply for a certificate of registration to engage in construction activities in this State.
- Requires registered contractors to establish compliance with State labor and revenue laws.
- Requires that all contractors who work on a public works contract comply with the new contractor registration requirement.
- Provides contractors and constituents a public portal to view compliant contractors for services.