Construction business
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Construction business
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Construction Laws You Need to Know

The foundation of commercial construction has many factors including codes and legality. The laws behind the industry have been put in place for contractors to abide by in order to provide best practices, facilitate compliance, and advocate improvements. Construction law also governs disputes that may occur between the contractor and the client.

At Leon Williams Contractors, we keep a watchful eye on all aspects of the commercial construction industry – including codes and laws. Being a trusted East Tennessee design-build firm, we also understand how much variance in laws exist from state to state. While laws regarding construction disputes are similar to those found in other parts of the nation, Tennessee has recently made some amendments to parts of its construction laws:

  • General contractors cannot have a similar license name to an existing licensee. New for 2014, this ruling relative to licensure of contractors was recently amended and now, Tennessee general contractors will be denied any application if the board determines that the name they would like to use is identical with or nearly similar to an existing licensee.
  • The Sunset Law that govern the Tennessee state board who oversee licensing contractors has been extended. From now until June 30, 2020, the current board will remain the same.

While these amendments may seem minor, it shows how often construction law is altered statewide. The reason for the constant changes can be attributed to the growing interest in commercial construction tactics. Newer methods for design-build firms to utilize on a day-to-day basis need rules and regulations to ensure projects are completed legally as well as safely.

As sustainability grows in popularity, more rulings regarding building codes and ethics are making headlines as well. The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was the first model code to include sustainability measures for the entire construction project and its site and was recently treated to a round of proposed changes for 2015 with hearings and voting taking place throughout the month of October.

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