In 2004, the General Assembly established the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors. O.C.G.A. § 43-41-1 through 43-41-17. The licensing requirements imposed by this chapter went into effect July 1, 2008. Contractors working in trades like plumbers and electricians are licensed by state boards, and information on those boards may be obtained here. You may wish to check with your county or city government to determine whether your contractor is properly licensed, or to report someone operating without the required local license.
Additionally, the Right to Repair Act, O.C.G.A. § 8-2-35 through 8-2-43, sets out specific rules and procedures for suing a builder, subcontractor or design professional for defective construction or remodeling of your home. Among other things, homeowners must be given notice of those procedures in the contracts that they sign with the builder, subcontractor or design professional. Consumers should carefully review those laws, or seek the advice of an attorney, before deciding whether to take legal action in connection with a residential construction dispute.