73 P.S. § 517.2 PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES - TITLE 73.CHAPTER 14B.
73 P.S. § 517.2
PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES - TITLE 73.CHAPTER 14B.
§ 517.2. Definitions
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"ADVERTISEMENT." A statement promoting home improvement services in a newspaper, periodical, pamphlet, circular, billboard, sign, letterhead, business card or other printed materials or in announcements to the public on radio, television or the Internet. The term shall not include the following:
(1) Sponsorship or recognition of sponsorships of civic, charitable or
nonprofit events, teams or purposes.
(2) Writings or graphics on promotional clothing, pens, pencils,
notepads or similar items.
"ARBITRATION CLAUSE." A PROCESS IN WHICH A NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR OR PANEL OF NEUTRAL ARBITRATORS IS ENGAGED BY THE PARTIES TO SETTLE A DISPUTE BETWEEN A CONTRACTOR AND AN OWNER.
"BUREAU." The Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of Attorney General.
"CERTIFICATE." A certificate of registration as a contractor, issued by the Bureau of Consumer Protection, which contains a registration number assigned by the Bureau of Consumer Protection.
"CONTRACTOR." Any person who owns and operates a home improvement business or who undertakes, offers to undertake or agrees to perform any home improvement. The term includes a subcontractor or independent contractor who has contracted with a home improvement retailer, regardless of the retailer's net worth, to provide home improvement services to the retailer's customers. The term does not include any of the following:
(1) A person for whom the total cash value of all of that person's home
improvements is less than $ 5,000 during the previous taxable year.
(2) A home improvement retailer having a net worth of more than $
50,000,000 or an employee of that retailer that does not perform home
(1) The term includes all of the following done in connection with land
or a portion of the land adjacent to a private residence or a building
or a portion of the building which is used or designed to be used as a
private residence for which the total cash price of all work agreed
upon between the contractor and owner is more than $ 500:
(i) Repair, replacement, remodeling, demolition, removal, renovation,
installation, alteration, conversion, modernization, improvement,
rehabilitation or sandblasting.
(ii) Construction, replacement, installation or improvement of
driveways, swimming pools, pool houses, porches, garages, roofs,
siding, insulation, solar energy systems, security systems, flooring,
patios, fences, gazebos, sheds, cabanas, landscaping of a type that
is not excluded under paragraph (2)(vi), painting, doors and windows
(iii) Without regard to affixation, the installation of central
heating, air conditioning, storm windows or awnings.
(2) The term does not include:
(i) The construction of a new home.
(ii) The sale of goods or materials by a seller who neither arranges
to nor performs, directly or indirectly, any work or labor in
connection with the installation or application of the goods or
(iii) The sale of services furnished for commercial or business use
or for resale, if the service takes place somewhere other than at a
(iv) The sale of appliances, including stoves, refrigerators,
freezers, room air conditioners and others which are designed for and
are easily removable from the premises without material alteration.
(v) Any work performed without compensation by the owner of the
owner's private residence or residential rental property.
(vi) Any work performed by a landscaper certified by the Department
of Agriculture under the act of December 16, 1992 (P.L. 1228, No.
162), known as the Plant Pest Act, except to the extent that the
work involves any of the following at a private residence:
(A) The construction, replacement, installation or improvement of
buildings, driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, roofs,
siding, insulation, solar energy systems, security systems,
flooring, patios, nondecorative fences, doors, lighting systems,
concrete walkways and windows.
(B) The placement of retaining walls, fountains or drainage
(vii) Emergency work pursuant to section 7 of the act of December 17,
1968 (P.L. 1224, No. 387), known as the Unfair Trade Practices and
Consumer Protection Law.
(viii) The conversion of existing commercial structures into
residential or noncommercial structures.
"HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACT." An agreement between a contractor, subcontractor or salesperson and an owner for the performance of a home improvement which includes all agreements for labor, services and materials to be furnished and performed under the contract.
"HOME IMPROVEMENT RETAILER."A PERSON, WHETHER OR NOT THE PERSON IS REGISTERED UNDER THIS ACT, WHO SELLS MATERIALS FOR USE IN HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTS.
(1) The term includes any of the following:
(i) An owner of a private residence, including any person authorized
by an owner to act on the owner's behalf to order, contract for or
purchase a home improvement.
(ii) A person entitled to the performance of the work of a contractor
pursuant to a home improvement contract.
(2) An owner of a private residence shall not be required to reside in
the residence to be deemed an owner under this act.
(3) A person who owns three or more private residences in this
Commonwealth shall not be deemed an owner except with respect to the
person's primary residence or the part of the building which houses the
primary residence of the owner and those private residences the person
uses for personal recreational purposes.
"PERSON." An individual, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or corporation.
"PRIVATE RESIDENCE." Any of the following:
(1) A single family dwelling.
(2) A multifamily dwelling consisting of not more than two units.
(3) A single unit located within any multifamily dwelling, including
condominiums and cooperative units.
"SPECIAL ORDER MATERIAL." Any material, product or equipment that is not a stock item and must be specially ordered from the factory or distributor and which is produced or processed for the contractor for a specific home improvement contract. Special order materials are not returnable by the contractor for a refund or credit and have no usefulness for other home improvement contracts because they are specially ordered for a specific home improvement contract.
"SPECIFICATIONS." The plans, detailed drawings, lists of materials, stated allowances or other methods customarily used in the home improvement industry as a whole to describe with particularity the work, workmanship, materials and quality of materials for each home improvement.
73 P.S. § 517.3(Copy citation)
PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES - TITLE 73.CHAPTER 14B.
§ 517.3. Registration of contractors
(a) GENERAL RULE.-- No person shall hold himself out as a contractor, nor shall a person perform any home improvement without first registering with the bureau, as provided for in this act.
(b) PUBLIC ACCESS TO REGISTRATION INFORMATION.-- The bureau shall maintain a toll-free telephone number from which a caller can obtain information as to whether a contractor is registered with the bureau pursuant to this act, as well as information that may be obtained on the bureau's Internet website.
(c) CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.-- The bureau shall create a policy for the disclosure of personal information to the public. The bureau may not disclose to the public a contractor's Social Security number, driver's license number or any confidential information prohibited by law from being disclosed, provided that a contractor's home address and home telephone number shall be disclosed only if it is also used as the contractor's business address and business telephone number.
(d) NONGRANT OR RENEWAL OF LICENSE.-- The Department of Banking shall not grant or renew a license to any person registered, or required to be registered, as a home improvement contractor pursuant to any of the following:
(1) The former act of December 12, 1980 (P.L. 1179, No. 219), known as
the Secondary Mortgage Loan Act.
(2) The act of December 22, 1989 (P.L. 687, No. 90), known as the
Mortgage Bankers and Brokers and Consumer Equity Protection Act.
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Code of Ordinances Sec. 9-39
Wilkes-Barre Code of Ordinances - PART II - CODE OF ORDINANCES - Chapter 9 - EMERGENCY ALARM SYSTEMS - ARTICLE II. BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEMS
§ Sec. 9-39 Permit.
That any individual, establishment, partnership, corporation, entity, or concern installing a burglar alarm system shall be required to obtain a permit from the city building inspector prior to installing any type of burglar alarm system. The cost of the permit shall be per the fee schedule established by the building inspection office. Any violation of this section shall result in the prosecution of the violator by the City of Wilkes-Barre and a fine imposed of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) or more than three hundred dollars ($300.00) and costs per incident.