(a) Unless otherwise exempted by this article, no person shall engage in blasting or other use of explosives for commercial purposes, without first obtaining a blasting contractor license. Any person desiring to be licensed or desiring a renewal of an existing license as a blasting contractor in this state shall make and file with the office a written application on a form prescribed by the office. The office shall have 30 days to investigate and review the application, and either issue or deny a license. A denial shall state the reasons why the license was not issued and what corrective action, if any, may be taken.
(b) The license shall expire one year following the date of its issuance or renewal and shall become invalid, unless renewed by payment of the license fee.
(c) A fee of two thousand dollars ($2,000) shall be paid to the office by any person issued a license under this section.
(d) No person with a blaster certification card may conduct any blasting operations which require certification and licensure under this article unless the person has, or is employed by an employer who has a blasting contractor license.