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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

June 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  New licensing requirements for general contractors will take effect next week in Georgia. Albany officials say it should help weed out contractors who might take advantage of new homeowners.  

Georgia has had state licensing for plumbers, electricians, and other trades for years. Until now, they haven't required general contractors to be licensed by the state. That will change July first.

Contractors will be placed in one of three categories depending on their expertise, and they'll have to pass a two-part examination.     

 "Initially there's a Grand-fathering clause that went in, so you certainly had to meet minimum standard requirements to still get in under that provision, but it will weed out a lot of those who were just in for a one time hit, those kind of type people and unscrupulous type contractors if you will," says Tracy Hester, Development Services Sr. Manager. 

Work costing less than $2,500 does not require the services of a state licensed contractor. The licensing procedure falls under the Secretary of State's office.

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