An increase in construction means more work sites and, according to the state, more unlicensed contractors.

”When the economy gets really good, everybody thinks they can do this one thing. They go out and do bidding and work, and they’re not registered,” said Danny Zeth, construction compliance Inspector for the state’s Department of Labor and Industries.

Zeth and fellow-inspector Frank Fazekas drive around the state doing surprise license checks at worksites.

“Our job is to be boots on the ground,” said Zeth.

Performing work without a valid state license can result in a $1,000 citation.

A two-year contractor’s license costs $113.