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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

As of January 1, 2015, Drain Layers that operate within the State of Rhode Island must be licensed by the Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board. Click here to view Emergency Rules & Regulations for licensing requirements.

*Grandfather clause of licenses expires June 30, 2015.



ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS: Winter Conditions of Roofs

Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board Informs Homeowners about Roof Conditions during the Winter months

This winter has certainly taken its toll on all of us, not to mention our homes. As the snow and ice continues to accumulate on rooftops, many people have concerns about the potential for damage to their homes from either the additional weight of the snow, or by what is commonly referred to as "ice dams". The weight of the snow will vary considerably based upon its consistency (light "fluffy" snow or heavy wet snow) and the potential for structural failure will be dependent upon the type of roof (steep pitch or low-slope to flat roofs). Ice dams occur when heat escapes from within the home and melts the snow that has accumulated during the warmer parts of the day and then freezes when temperatures fall. As the ice continues to freeze, it will have the tendency to migrate up the roof and get underneath the roof shingles. When the freeze / thaw cycle occurs, water can make its way into a structure causing various degrees of damage.

Although there is no singular guaranteed solution to avoiding damage from ice and snow, there are steps that homeowners can take to help minimize problems. By taking a common sense approach to addressing these conditions, homeowners can reduce the risk of causing further damage to their homes, as well as decrease the potential of sustaining bodily injury to themselves. We have provided some links to other web-sites which provide helpful recommendations on how to manage ice and snow which will hopefully assist you and keep you safe.



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 exurbanite 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