Category Archives: L&I Regulations

Register as a contractor, or renew your registration, in Washington State.

The Basics about being a contractor in Washington.

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In Washington State, general and specialty contractors must register with the Department of Labor & Industries.

  • general contractor can perform or supervise numerous building trades or crafts.
  • specialty contractor can perform one building trade or craft. Contractor Specialty List

Information on the new redesigned registrations/licenses/certificates issued by the department.

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If you use independent contractors, read this.

The following is quoted from the “Independent Contractor Guide” by the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries. You can download a copy here


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In some cases, someone you consider an “independent contractor” is actually a worker who has legal protections that cannot be waived. If so, you may be an employer with “covered workers” under Washington workers’ compensation law and not realize it.

It is important that you understand your requirements. Otherwise, your business may be vulnerable to unexpected regulatory penalties and even lawsuits.

In Washington, every worker is presumed to be a “covered worker” for purposes of workers’ compensation coverage unless they fall into the few narrow exceptions provided by law.  Continue reading