New Ordinance Requires General Contractors to Register
It's something other construction companies have had to do for years and now general contractors will have to register with the city.
Electricians, HVAC companies and even plumbers are required to be registered in the city of Laredo. But now, general contractors will be required to as well.
Charlie San Miguel/ District VI Councilman: "We've had some cases where unfortunately some people will come and do some work, take the money, but do not finish the project and disappear."
This new ordinance will mainly affect roofers, framers and other general contractors. District VI Councilman, Charlie San Miguel, says the state used to require contractors to register through the state of Texas, but the law collapsed.
"That, because of all the short falls in the budget and the economy, that was allowed to sunset, so that no longer exists."
District VII Councilman, Jorge Vera, started this ordinance and says a website will be launched with all the registered contractors on the City of Laredo's website.
"If someone comes in and gives you a bid, they'll be able to go to the website and insure that that person who turned in the bid is on the list. So we can eliminate right from the get go those individuals who are doing it for the bad reasons."
Vera also says there will be harsh consequences for contractors who operate without registering.
"There's going to be strict penalties, over $1500 to $2000 or more depending on the severity of their crimes.”
According to city council, this ordinance will take effect in 30 to 60 days.
The new ordinance would require contractors to provide liability insurance, commercial auto insurance, provide a taxpayer ID and contact information to be registered.