LD 671
Session - 129th Maine Legislature
LR 1415
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An Act To Require Professional Licensure for Property Inspectors

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 32 MRSA c. 147  is enacted to read:



§ 18601 Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.

1 Commissioner.   "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation.
2 Department.   "Department" means the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
3 Practice of property inspection.   "Practice of property inspection" means performing or offering to perform for the public for a fee or other compensation services involving the physical inspection of real property structures and other improvements in order to evaluate the condition of the property, including any safety issues or material defects.
4 Property inspector.   "Property inspector" means a person who engages in the practice of property inspection.

§ 18602 License required

1 Unlawful activities.   Except as provided in subsection 3, it is unlawful for a person to engage in any of the following without a license issued under this chapter or during any period when that person's license has expired or been suspended or revoked:
A Beginning January 1, 2021, practice property inspecting; or
B Profess to be licensed in this State to practice property inspection or use in connection with a name any words, letters, signs or figures that imply that a person is a licensed property inspector.
2 Penalty.   A person who violates subsection 1 is subject to the provisions of Title 10, section 8003-C.
3 Exceptions for professional training.   The department shall:
A Adopt rules to establish curriculum standards and a process to certify professional training programs for professional property inspectors; and
B Allow an individual enrolled in a professional training program for property inspectors that is certified under paragraph A to practice property inspection as part of the program's curriculum. An individual enrolled in a certified professional training program may not practice property inspection except as part of the program's approved curriculum.

§ 18603 Duties of the department

1 General duties.   The department shall:
A Provide information to applicants regarding the specific requirements for licensure under this chapter;
B Receive applications for licensure and issue licenses to applicants qualified under this chapter; and
C Review disciplinary matters in accordance with section 18605.
2 Advisor appointees.   After July 1, 2021, the commissioner shall appoint property inspectors to serve as advisors in matters relating to property inspection. The commissioner shall:
A Appoint 2 property inspectors for 5-year staggered terms to serve at the commissioner's pleasure as advisors. One of the initial appointments may be for less than a 5-year term;
B Ensure that each appointee:

(1) After January 1, 2021, is licensed as a property inspector in this State;

(2) Has engaged in the practice of property inspection for at least 5 years immediately preceding appointment; and

(3) Is actively engaged in the practice of property inspection during the term served as an advisor appointee; and

C Seek the advice of the appointees in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

§ 18604 Applications; qualifications; renewal

1 Application.   Applications for licensure under this section and license renewal under this section must be on forms provided by the department. Each application must contain a statement under oath stating that the applicant meets the requirements for licensure or renewal and must be accompanied by a fee of $100.
2 Eligibility for licensure.   The department may not grant a license under this section unless the applicant:
A Is at least 18 years of age and holds a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma; and
B Holds a home inspector certification from a nationally accredited home inspection organization. The department shall adopt rules to identify acceptable organizations for certification.
3 License renewals.   The department shall renew licenses under this section every 2 years on a schedule determined by the department upon application and payment of a fee of $100. The department shall:
A Suspend a license that has not been renewed, beginning on the expiration date of the license;
B Renew a license that has lapsed after payment of the biennial fee and a late fee, as established by the department by rule; and
C At its discretion, adopt rules necessary for the protection of the public to ensure that an applicant whose license has lapsed or who has not worked for more than 5 years as a property inspector is professionally qualified for license renewal.

§ 18605 Refusal to renew; suspension; revocation; reapplication

1 Refusal to renew; suspension; revocation.   The department may refuse to renew a license, after a hearing in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 4, and a District Court may suspend or revoke the license of any person licensed under this chapter on any one or more of the following grounds:
A The application, any documents made a part of the application, any notice or any statement filed with the department by an applicant for licensure or renewal under this chapter contained a material misstatement;
B The licensee is ineligible to hold a license under this chapter; or
C The licensee failed to comply with any of the rules adopted by the department under this chapter.
2 Reapplication.   A person to whom the department has refused to issue a license under this chapter or to renew a license issued under this chapter, or who has had a license under this chapter revoked, is not eligible for reapplication until the expiration of 5 years from the date of refusal to renew or date of revocation.

§ 18606 Rulemaking

The department shall adopt rules to implement this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.


This bill requires that all property inspectors be licensed by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The bill also directs the department to adopt rules to establish standards and procedures for licensure.

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