Unlicensed contractors in Oregon may have a surprise waiting for them. The Construction Contractors Board recently ramped up efforts to find unlicensed contractors.

The CCB is making proactive efforts throughout the state to address illegal activity. These efforts include random jobsite checks on any day of the week; multi-agency enforcement sweeps; and additional enforcement stings.

"Illegal activity doesn't just hurt the consumer," said Robert Rambo, CCB Field Investigation Manager. "It hurts the legitimate contractors that work hard to stay in compliance only to get undercut by those who don't. The CCB is committed to finding and penalizing those working illegally."

The CCB encourages consumers to verify that a contractor is actively licensed. Consumers can check licensing and complaint history at www.oregon.gov/CCB or by calling (503) 378-4621.

Anyone who does repairs, remodeling or new construction must be licensed with the CCB.