Established in 1945, the Rhode Island Builders Association (RIBA) is a membership organization serving the construction industry in Rhode Island. RIBA is one of the nation’s largest local trade associations for residential builders, remodelers, lenders, suppliers, real estate professionals, and others who work in the industry.
RIBA provides members with leadership in legislative activities and education in new technology, serving as the united voice of the state’s residential and commercial contractors to Rhode Island’s lawmakers, regulators, and the public.
RIBA and Kelly & Mancini work together to promote and protect business opportunities for RIBA members. K&M’s representation has involved tackling regulatory issues and zoning matters, as well as municipal fee schedules. The latter effort resulted in the return of over $250,000 in improperly collected open space fees that had been paid by builders in Lincoln, and the refund of other fees to builders and homeowners in Johnston.
K&M recently reached a $475,000 settlement on behalf of RIBA in a case against three municipalities in Rhode Island — Lincoln, Cranston, and Warwick. The suit was filed after RIBA members claimed they were overcharged for building permits in these and other communities.