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(A) In order to safeguard life, health and property; any contractor shall hereafter be required to be identified by the city and it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to practice or offer to practice that type of work in the city unless such person, firm, partnership or corporation has been duly identified under the provisions of this code. No person, firm, partnership or corporation shall be permitted to obtain a permit unless they are an identified contractor in compliance with the provision of this chapter or the property owner. The city shall identify any contractor who meets the requirements of this chapter by providing a written acknowledgment of identification.
(B) No identification granted under the provisions of this Section may be assigned or transferred.
(C) All identified Contractors shall notify the Code Enforcement Office within five (5) working days if the person, firm, partnership or corporation changes ownership or changes the business name. All identified contractors shall notify the Code Enforcement Office within five (5) working days if a licensee changes contractors.
(D) All Contractors are required to have and maintain a current city business license. It is the responsibility of any identified contractor to employ only those sub-contractors that have a current city business license.
(E) Any identification may be revoked or suspended for the following causes:
(1) Execution of a false affidavit in connection with the identification application.
(2) Failure to comply with this chapter within fifteen (15) days after having received written notice of such violations from Code Enforcement.
(3) Failure to obtain permits in advance for work to be performed when such permits are required by code.
(4) Failure to correct any code deficiency in any work within the time specified in the notification of such code deficiency or within such additional time as may be allowed upon request to Code Enforcement.
(5) Failure to purchase and maintain insurance as required by this chapter with an insurance company licensed to do business in the state.
(6) Failure to maintain a current city business license.
(7) Failure to use only sub-contractors that possess a valid city business license.
(F) When the identification of any contractor is revoked, the contractor shall be required to submit a new application for approval before the identification shall be released or reissued.
(G) Payment of identification fees as described in the fee section of this code shall be made prior to issuing any identification.
(H) Before a permit may be issued, all contractors must certify to Code Enforcement, through affidavit, that the person, firm, partnership or corporation shall be in compliance with the Kentucky requirements for Workers' Compensation Insurance according to KRS Chapter 341, unless a Certificate of Insurance for a specific amount of coverage is required in detail under the type of identification that the contractor has obtained.
(I) Before a permit may be issued, all contractors shall submit a certificate of insurance, verifying that the person, firm, partnership or corporation has obtained a commercial general liability insurance policy with limits of liability of not less than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000), unless higher limits are required for specific types of work, for both the each occurrence and aggregate limits. The policy shall also contain products and completed operations coverage with a minimum two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) Aggregate Limit, unless higher limits are required for specific types of work.
(J) Before a permit may be issued, all contractors shall have their workers' compensation and general liability insurance policies endorsed to state that written notice will be sent by their insurance company of the company's intention to terminate or cancel such policy, at least seventy-five (75) days, as required by KRS 304.20-320, before the cancellation shall take effect, to city code enforcement. Upon the date of expiration, the Code Official shall cause the affected contractor's identification to become suspended until such time as satisfactory evidence of a new insurance policy is presented to code enforcement.
(K) Before a permit is issued, a contractor must have no outstanding violations of the city Building Code.
(L) Before a permit may be issued, any contractor required by this chapter to provide a surety bond shall require that its surety company notify code enforcement in writing of its intention to terminate or cancel such bond at least thirty (30) days before the cancellation shall take effect. Upon the date of expiration, the Code Official shall cause the affected contractor's identification to become suspended until such time as evidence of a new bond is presented to code enforcement.
(Ord. 2007-08-09, passed 8-9-07)