32-1155 - Filing of complaint; resolution of complaint; service of notice; failure to answer; prohibited citations
32-1155. Filing of complaint; resolution of complaint; service of notice; failure to answer; prohibited citations
A. On the filing of a written complaint with the registrar charging a licensee with the commission, within two years before the date of filing the complaint, of an act that is cause for suspension or revocation of a license, including an act that is in violation of title 44, chapter 11, article 11, the registrar after investigation, in its sole discretion, may issue a citation directing the licensee, within ten days after service of the citation on the licensee, to appear by filing with the registrar the licensee's written answer to the citation and complaint showing cause, if any, why the licensee's license should not be suspended or revoked. Service of citation on the licensee shall be fully effected by personal service or by mailing a true copy thereof, together with a true copy of the complaint, by registered mail in a sealed envelope with postage prepaid and addressed to the licensee at the licensee's latest address of record in the registrar's office. Service of the citation and complaint shall be complete at the time of personal service or five days after deposit in the mail. The two-year period prescribed by this subsection shall commence on the earlier of the close of escrow or actual occupancy for new home or other new building construction and otherwise shall commence on completion of the specific project.
B. Failure of the licensee to answer within ten days after service shall be deemed an admission by the licensee of the licensee's commission of the act or acts charged in the complaint, and the registrar may then suspend or revoke the licensee's license.
C. The registrar shall not issue a citation for failure to perform work in a professional and workmanlike manner or in accordance with any applicable building codes and professional industry standards if either:
1. The contractor is not provided an opportunity to inspect the work within fifteen days after receiving a written notice from the registrar.
2. The contractor's work has been subject to neglect, modification or abnormal use.
D. Notwithstanding subsection C of this section, the registrar may investigate the complaint without waiting fifteen days.