Bryan Cohen Jul. 1, 2013, 7:13pm

BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced the success Friday of random inspections of construction sites around Minot last week, which found most contractors were in compliance with state reporting and licensing laws.

A multi-agency contractor compliance task force inspected 28 job sites which involved 194 contractors. The task force found seven unlicensed contractors who were prohibited from working in the state until they receive proper licensure.

"While the inspection team's expertise and coordinated efforts contributed to the contractor compliance task force's successful results, the professionalism and excellent cooperation of the contractors interviewed greatly enhanced the team's ability to visit a large number of contractors and work sites," Stenehjem said. "I am pleased with the results because although my office will be taking legal action against at least seven unlicensed contractors, our goal is compliance and a level playing field for licensed contractors, not legal action."

While the task force was on site, members provided several contractors with information about additional reporting requirements and obtained updated information about employees.

Contractors working on projects where the value, cost or price per job or contracted is more than $2,000 must hold a North Dakota contractors license. Contractors conducting temporary business in North Dakota must have a transient merchant license, which is issued by Stenehjem's office.

The North Dakota Secretary of State's office has a searchable database of all licensed contractors in the state.

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