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Deregulation talks in Idaho have most recently focused on trades like nail technicians or barbers, but with contractors in high demand, some in the building industry say their profession needs further oversight.

Idaho requires state licenses for many professions — cosmetologists, real estate agents, plumbers, acupuncturists, massage therapist and even morticians — as a way to protect consumers. But general contractors have no license requirements, only the task of registering with the Bureau of Occupational Licensing. The license exemption is meant to ease entry into the field — but not everyone agrees this should be a priority.

Contractor Complaints

Contractor complaints over the last five years

Riley Bunch is the night digital reporter for the Idaho Press. Reach her at 208-465-8169 or follow @rebunch8 on Twitter.