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Commercial Licensing

Program Operations

Commercial Licensing and Regulation is responsible for the licensing and regulation of real estate agents, brokers and appraisers, auto body & salvage re-builder shops, auto wrecking and salvage yards, upholsterers, liquor wholesalers, breweries, wineries, salespersons (representing wholesalers) and agents (representing manufacturers and distillers), Class G (boat/airline/railroads) license holders, and mobile and manufactured homes and parks. The enforcement of unit pricing, motor fuel advertising and health club pre-opening laws are also activities of this program. Administrative hearings are held to consider revocations and suspensions of licenses, including appeals from the decisions of local licensing boards that issue retail liquor licenses. The division provides administrative services for various boards and commissions involving licensing programs. These include the Real Estate Commission, and the Real Estate Appraisers Board.

The division is responsible for the regulation of licenses to insure compliance with statutory provisions of law and to promote the continued welfare of the general public. This includes recommending approval, denial, suspension or revocation of licenses, or the imposition of sanctions or penalties and conducting of related administrative hearings.

The program provides the general public with application and licensing information for various occupations, businesses and professions. It investigates complaints received from the general public in all areas of licensing. Hearings are also held when required in order to resolve complaints.

Program Objective

To increase the efficiency and effectiveness of occupational licensing programs and inspections in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

Statutory History

R.I. Gen. Laws 5-58 relates to auctioneers; R.I. Gen. Laws 5-20.5 relates to real estate; R.I. Gen. Laws 5-20.7 relates to real estate appraisers; R.I. Gen. Laws 5-38 relates to automobile body repair shops; R.I. Gen. Laws 5-50 relates to pre-opening of health club sales campaigns; R.I. Gen. Laws 6-31 relates to unit pricing; R.I. Gen. Laws 23-26 relates to bedding and upholstered furniture; R.I. Gen. Laws 31-44 & 31-44.1 relates to mobile and manufactured homes; R.I. Gen. Laws 42- 14.2 relates to auto wrecking and salvage yards; R.I. Gen. Laws 31-37 relates to advertising and sale of motor fuel at retail; R.I. Gen. Laws 31-46-7 relates to auto body salvage re-builders' licenses; and R.I. Gen. Laws 3-1 et seq. relates to alcoholic beverages.

  • Contact Commercial Licensing at DBR.CommLicinquiry@dbr.ri.gov