The Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) recently issued an Industry Bulletin reminding all licensed Nevada contractors of their responsibility to include specific information when advertising services.Subdivision (3) of Section 624.720 of the Nevada Revised Statutesrequires that "[a]ll advertising by a licensed contractor must include the name of the contractor's company and the number of the contractor's license." In its Industry Bulletin, NSCB confirmed that it frequently monitors a number of print and online media, including Angie's List, Craigslist, online bulletins, local and statewide publications, etc. and that it has begun to see an increase in licensed contractors failing to include their license number in their advertisements.

More specifically, Subdivision (7)(a) of Section 624.720 broadly defines "advertising" to include, but not be limited to, "the issuance of any sign, card or device, or the permitting or allowing of any sign or marking on a motor vehicle, in any building, structure, newspaper, magazine or airway transmission, on the Internet or in any directory under the listing of 'contractor' with or without any limiting qualifications." It is also important to understand that Subdivision (1) of Section 624.710 of the Nevada Revised Statutes authorizes NSCB to impose for each violation of Subdivision (3) of Section 624.720 "an administrative fine in an amount that is not less than $1,000 and not more than $50,000."

Also keep in mind that Nevada is not the only state contractors licensing board that is authorized to issue citations and impose civil penalties for failure to include your contractor's license number in your advertising.