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09.15.01 - Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors - Final Regulations

FINAL ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 45, ISSUE 17,
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

Title 09
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION
Subtitle 15 STATE BOARD OF HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR-CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION CONTRACTORS

09.15.01 Fees

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§2-106.9, 2-106.10, 9A-205, and 9A-207, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action
[18-130-F]

On July 11, 2018, the State Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors adopted the repeal of existing Regulation .01 and new Regulations .01—.03 under COMAR 09.15.01 Fees. This action was taken at a public meeting of the Board held on July 11, 2018, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 45:11 Md. R. 586—587 (May 25, 2018), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: August 27, 2018.

ROBIN BAILEY
Executive Director
Mechanical Licensing Boards

.01 Purpose.
This chapter is intended to carry out the provisions of Business Regulation Article, §§2-106.9 and 2-106.10 and Title 9A, Annotated Code of Maryland. In particular, it is intended to set various fees in order to cover the actual documented direct and indirect costs of fulfilling the statutory and regulatory duties of the State Board of Master Electricians, the State Board of Stationary Engineers, the State Board of Plumbing, and the State Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors.

.02 Definitions.
  A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.
  B. Terms Defined.
    (1) “Board” means the State Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors.
    (2) “License fee” means the fee paid by an applicant or licensee, as applicable, in connection with the issuance and renewal of a license and the issuance of a limited license and a reciprocal license.
    (3) “Mechanical boards” means collectively the:
      (a) State Board of Master Electricians;
      (b) State Board of Stationary Engineers;
      (c) State Board of Plumbing; and
      (d) State Board of Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Contractors.
    (4) “Secretary” means the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

.03 Fees and Costs.
  A. The Secretary and the mechanical boards have agreed to average their direct and indirect costs, based on the calculation of costs performed by the Secretary in consultation with the mechanical boards. Based on these calculations, the Board sets the following fees:
    (1) Original and renewal license:
      (a) Master — $75;
      (b) Master Restricted — $25 for each area licensed;
      (c) Limited — $75;
      (d) Journeyman — $20;
      (e) Journeyman Restricted — $20 for each area licensed; and
      (f) Apprentice — $10.
    (2) Inactive license — $25.
  B. An applicant for an appropriate licensing examination shall pay the examination fee directly to the testing service chosen by the Board to develop or administer the examination, as such fees are established by the testing service selected by the Board.
  C. An applicant who fails an examination:
    (1) May reapply to take the examination 30 days after the date the applicant last took the examination; and
    (2) Shall pay the fee for the examination in the manner described in §A of this regulation.
  D. Inactive Status.
    (1) An active license holder of a master, master restricted, or limited license, at time of renewal may renew a license holder’s license to an inactive status upon payment of the applicable fee, set forth in §A of this regulation. In order to maintain the inactive status the license holder is required to complete a renewal application and remit the applicable inactive license fee each renewal period.
    (2) To reactivate an inactive license at a time other than normal renewal, the inactive license holder shall be required to pay the full license fee, shown in §A of this regulation, for the category that the license holder held before becoming inactive.