Construction is booming in western North Dakota.
And this week, state officials are making spot-checks to find out if all those contractors now at work are doing so legally.
The head of the Attorney General's consumer protection division led a team of several officials from his office along with the tax department, secretary of state's office, Job Service, and Workforce Safety.
The group stopped at random construction sites, making sure the companies working there were properly registered and paying required fees and taxes.
Parrell Grossman considered this major site a pretty good one, with a couple dozen sub contractors working - and most following the law.
But he said a few were not, and they will face penalties including fines.
He says the idea of the spot-checks is to make sure all companies are treated equally by the state.
(Parrell Grossman, Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division) "There have been contractors in this community that have been licensed and have been following the rules and the laws for many years and we want to make sure that their competitors, often times who come in from out of state, are paying the same insurance premium and following by the same rules."
Grossman says in cases where contractors are not following the law, he has the authority to shut down that part of the project until a properly-registered company can be brought in to do the work.
The spot-checks are expected to continue through Friday in the region.