The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors will soon be enforcing certain permit requirements for home construction.

Billy McShan, owner of MHI Construction Service and subcontractor for Vernon Parish, shared information with the Leesville City Council at their Monday meeting.

The State Licensing Board employed changes to contractor licensing rules in Jan. 2016. McShan wanted to notify the council that these rules will soon be enforced.

According to the Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors, “Residential subcontractors who bid or perform work in one of the residential specialties must have a valid residential license for that specialty when the work exceeds $7500.”

The same rules apply to home improvement contractors.

“This is nothing new,” McShan said. “In new home construction, any subcontractor has to be licensed by the state if the cost of labor and materials combined exceeds $7500.”

Before a permit is issued to a homeowner, he or she must provide a list of all subcontractors. McShan cited some examples of subcontracting – foundation, framing, brick laying, stucco, roofing, plumbing, air conditioning and electrical work.

“A homeowner can still build his own home, but if they hire any individual for any work that is $7500 or more, that individual has to have a license with the state of Louisiana,” McShan said.

In other news, Leesville City Council approved a resolution to permit VFW Post 3106 to extend business hours from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 due to an annual honor run hosted by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Club.

Council also voted in favor of updating the City Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual for the purpose of revising fire department sick leave; termination of employment; adding a cell phone stipend to authorized personnel; and defining emergency and non-emergency overtime.