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32-144. Exemptions and limitations; definition
A. Professions and occupations regulated by the board may be practiced without compliance with the requirements of this chapter by:
1. An officer or employee of the United States, practicing as such.
2. An employee of a registrant or of a person exempt from registration, if such employment does not involve direct responsibility for design, inspection or supervision.
3. A nonregistrant who designs, alters or adds to either of the following:
(a) A detached single family dwelling.
(b) An individual unit in a multifamily dwelling if the walls that are designed, altered or added in the unit are not bearing walls, shear walls or firewalls, which shall be determined by a registrant following an evaluation of the walls to be designed, altered or added.
4. A nonregistrant who designs a one or two story building or structure in which the square footage of the floor area measured to the outside surface of the exterior walls does not exceed three thousand square feet, that is not intended for occupancy by more than twenty persons on a continuous basis and in which the maximum span of any structural member does not exceed twenty feet unless a greater span is achieved by the use of wood or steel roof or floor trusses or lintels approved by an engineer registered by the board.
5. A nonregistrant who designs additions or alterations to a one or two story building or structure subject to the limitations set forth in paragraph 4 of this subsection. A nonregistrant may exceed the maximum three thousand square foot limitation set forth in paragraph 4 of this subsection for a one-time single addition not exceeding one thousand five hundred square feet as measured to the outside surface of the exterior walls and designed for the purpose of storage of chattels.
6. A nonregistrant who designs a water or wastewater treatment plant, or extensions, additions, modifications or revisions, or extensions to water distribution or collection systems, if the total cost of such construction does not exceed twelve thousand five hundred dollars.
7. A nonregistrant who designs buildings or structures to be erected on property owned or leased by the nonregistrant or by a person, firm or corporation, including a utility, telephone, mining or railroad company, which employs the nonregistrant on a full-time basis, if the buildings or structures are intended solely for the use of the owner or lessee of the property, are not ordinarily occupied by more than twenty people, are not for sale to, rental to or use by the public and conform to the building code adopted by the city, town or county in which the building is to be erected or altered.
8. A nonregistrant who provides horticultural consultations or prepares planting plans for plant installations.
B. A registrant who performs any of the activities described in subsection A, paragraphs 3 through 8 of this section is subject to the requirements of this chapter.
C. The requirements of this chapter shall not apply to work done by any communications common carrier or its affiliates or any public service corporation or manufacturing industry or by full-time employees of any of them, provided such work is in connection with or incidental to the products, systems or nonengineering services of such communications common carrier or its affiliates or public service corporation or manufacturing industry, and provided that the engineering service is not offered directly to the public.
D. An individual shall not perform home inspections unless the individual is certified as a home inspector pursuant to this chapter, except that nothing in this chapter prevents:
1. A person who is licensed, certified or registered pursuant to this chapter or another chapter in this title from acting within the scope of the person's license, certification or registration.
2. A person who is employed by a governmental entity from inspecting residential structures if the inspection is within official duties and responsibilities.
3. A person from performing a home inspection if the inspection will be used solely by a bank, savings and loan association or credit union to monitor progress on the construction of a residential structure, unless otherwise required by federal law or regulation.
4. A person who is employed as a property manager for a residential structure and whose official duties and responsibilities include inspecting the residential structure from performing a home inspection on the structure if the person does not receive separate compensation for the inspection work.
E. No person including a person described in subsection D of this section may use any letterhead, advertisement, communication or other device to represent that the person is a home inspector unless the person is certified as a home inspector pursuant to this chapter.
F. A trained geologist may engage in a geological practice without being registered under this chapter. A trained geologist may not engage in a geological practice if any of the following applies:
1. The trained geologist has been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state.
2. The trained geologist has been registered or licensed in this state or any other state and has had the registration or license suspended or revoked by this state or the other state.
3. The trained geologist has been prohibited from engaging in a geological practice in this state or any other state due to any private, civil or professional complaint related to an ethical or technical violation while engaged in the practice of geology.
4. The trained geologist fails to disclose to a person employing or hiring the trained geologist:
(a) Any disciplinary action taken against the trained geologist in this state or any other state due to any private, civil or professional complaint that is related to an ethical or technical violation while engaged in the practice of geology.
(b) That the trained geologist is not a registered geologist pursuant to this title.
5. The trained geologist is required to be registered by another law in this state or by federal law.
6. State or federal law conditions the issuance of a license or permit, including permits issued under title 27, 37, 45 or 49, on the issuance of a report that is sealed by a registered geologist.
G. "Trained geologist" means a person who has both:
1. Earned a geology degree from an accredited educational institution.
2. Participated in geological work experience outside of an educational institution for at least four years.