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Welcome from RICRLB

State of Rhode IslandWelcome 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.

The Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board ("CRLB") is the agency charged with regulating contractors in the State of Rhode and is governed by Rhode Island General Laws § 5-65-1 et seq. The CRLB claim process is an administrative alternative for property owners who are unsatisfied with the work of a contractor and who wish to resolve the dispute outside of court. A property owner nevertheless has the option to file a lawsuit against a contractor or to resolve the dispute in an alternate forum, such as court, mediation or arbitration.

Mission Statement

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

Contact us at:

560 Jefferson Blvd
Suite 200
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 921-1590
Fax: (401) 889-5533
Fax: (401) 889-5535

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 Notices

The Warwick Sewer Authority (WSA) permit fee changes based on the updates to the Rules and Regulations for the Construction and Use of the City of Warwick Wastewater Treatment System go into effect on Monday, April 16, 2018. Click here for more information.

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. It is the principal responsible, applicant who has to take the continuing education classes (not employees).
Click here to view continuing education requirements.
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. Continuing education will be required when renewing registration.
Click here to view Pre-Education requirements for registration.



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.ri.gov) 401-921-1590
  • R.I. State Building Code Commission (www.ribcc.ri.gov) 401-889-5550
  • R.I. Emergency Management Agency (www.riema.ri.gov) 401-946-9996
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov or 800.621.FEMA946