39-9-401. Violation -- infraction -- penalty -- disposition. (1) It is a violation of this chapter and an infraction for any construction contractor to:
(a) perform work as a construction contractor without being registered as required by this chapter;
(b) perform work as a construction contractor when the construction contractor's registration is suspended; or
(c) transfer a valid registration to an unregistered construction contractor or allow an unregistered construction contractor to work under a registration issued to another construction contractor.
(2) (a) A determination by the department of a violation of this section subjects the person who commits the violation to a penalty of up to $500, as determined by the department. A person who has been determined to have violated this section may request that a hearing be held in accordance with the Montana Administrative Procedure Act. The hearing may be held by telephone or videoconference. An appeal of the hearing decision must be made in the same manner as prescribed in 39-51-2403.
(b) A penalty under this section does not apply to a violation that is determined to be an inadvertent error.
(c) A penalty collected under this section must be deposited in the uninsured employers' fund established in 39-71-503.