State Senator Tom Patton, R-24, has proposed a bill to require all roofing contractors working in Ohio to have a license. Senate Bill 351 was introduced July 3. If approved, it would add roofing contractors to existing laws that oversee and govern “specialty contractors,” which currently includes HVAC, refrigeration, electrical, plumbing and hydronics contractors.

The bill also calls for the expansion of the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board to include a roofing section that would have primary responsibility for the licensure of roofing contractors.

Besides a fee, the proposed legislation creates numerous requirements to obtain a roofing contractor license, including the ability to document at least three years of roofing experience, participation in a continuing education program and proof of contractor’s liability insurance.

ACT Ohio is working in conjunction with United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers And Allied Workers to monitor the bill’s progress.