Category Archives: contractors license

Construction worker in reflective vest and helmet, sitting at a makeshift desk outdoors, looks stressed while covering face with hands, with laptop and blueprints nearby.

Something going wrong on a construction site is a matter of “when”, not “if”. Being ready to deal with issues when they inevitably arise is one of the most important skills a contractor – especially a general contractor – needs to have to be successful in this industry. How you handle an issue when it arises speaks volumes about you, …
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Three construction workers in safety gear assisting an injured colleague on the floor in an industrial setting.

Attention all California contractors: a new law is on the horizon that will significantly impact the way you operate. Starting January 1, 2026, all licensed contractors in the state will be required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of whether they have employees or not. This new regulation, passed by the California legislature, is designed to protect workers and ensure …
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You might recall from reading our post about Why California Construction Business is Booming in 2024 that residential construction, specifically, is currently in high demand. For contractors looking to stay busy and build out their careers, it would make sense to invest some time into thinking about what it takes to become a residential general contractor. This article provides a …
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Construction worker with a hard hat and tool belt standing at a building site.

Are you a California contractor moving to Florida? Or a Florida contractor packing up and heading West? Or maybe you’re in another state and wondering which of these two popular areas of the country is best for construction contractors? We’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll take a look at the basics for contractors looking to make the jump …
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Construction worker assisting an injured colleague on site.

There’s a chance that you’ve heard something about potential changes coming to California legislation regarding workplace safety. In recent years, several discussions have brought about a change in the way that California businesses view workers’ comp overall. One major topic influencing this is California Assembly Bill 5 also known as AB5. In 2019, when AB5 was signed into law, the …
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For clients and homeowners sorting out budget details for their construction projects, the question of whether or not contractors pay for materials is bound to come up. The answer to this question relies on the terms of the written contract, and the scope of the project, and it also relies on spoken agreements made between the contractor and their client. …
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Two construction workers, one seated with a knee injury being bandaged by the other, on a construction site.

For better or worse, construction work is a risky business. Mistakes happen, damages are incurred, and compensation must be paid to make it right. Independent construction contractors – usually Class C contractors – who get hired for specific aspects of construction projects know this well, so the cost of insurance might weigh heavy on the mind. General contractors oversee a …
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Asking for a friend? Only kidding – if you’re here, you’re probably wondering who is and is not eligible for locking down a general contractor’s license. It makes sense that so many people want to be a general contractor. This lucrative career path involves overseeing large construction projects that can reap huge rewards for contractors – providing a way for …
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Hiring a contractor to do work on your home in California? Or maybe you’re engaging a subcontractor as a general contractor? In either case, you may wonder whether it’s illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor to perform the work you need done. You probably know by now that it’s illegal in the state of California to do construction work without …
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A technician in a blue hard hat and plaid shirt taking notes on a clipboard near outdoor hvac units.

Licensed HVAC contractors are very busy people. From installing, repairing, and maintaining the systems that cool, heat, and ventilate our air, these C-20 specialty license-holding heroes – like you – are responsible for keeping us comfortable indoors year-round. Whether your concerns are more residential or if you want to know about HVAC news for commercial spaces, this guide is for …
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As we dig into another year, it’s good to check in with the state and federal landscaping laws that keep contractors and their clients safe from project to project. It’s important to remember that local ordinances and special permitting for landscaping are often city or neighborhood-specific. So after reviewing these broad strokes, check with the authorities who govern the area …
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Want to get a contractor’s license in California, but don’t have any experience? Can you even get a contractor’s license without experience? In this article, we’ll cover the ins and outs of getting a contractor license with no experience in California. Let’s take a look at the journey from a person with a dream and no experience to becoming a …
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A construction worker in a high-visibility vest and hard hat using a walkie-talkie on a site with cranes under a sunny sky.

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) can sometimes be vague and confusing about what they require of their contractors – and insurance and bonding is no exception. This always-changing landscape of protective measures, unpaid principal, and bureaucratic red tape can create a bewildering display of confusing and seemingly contradictory requirements. When it comes to understanding what bonds and insurance you …
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Whether you are an individual or a business looking to get started on construction and renovation projects, the path to obtaining a contracting license can be a daunting one. As we’ve covered in previous articles, it costs a lot of money just to get yourself in a position to apply for a contractor’s license – let alone become a licensed …
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What is the Minor Work Exemption? The Minor Work Exemption in California allows certain types of construction work to be performed without a contractor’s license. This exemption, outlined in California Business & Professions Code Section 7048, applies when the aggregate contract price for labor, materials, and all other items is less than $500. The work is considered of casual, minor, …
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Two construction workers, a man and a woman, wearing hard hats and reflective vests, reviewing plans on a clipboard inside a spacious warehouse.

If you’re a contractor, engineer, or someone looking to begin a career down either of these paths, you have probably wondered about the CSLB Class A General Engineering License. This license covers all the activities of a general engineering contractor in California – everything from planning an interstate highway project to fixing the irrigation system on the Capitol building. We’ll …
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You need to know so many different things to be a successful licensed contractor in California. From passing the CSLB Law and Business exam to knowing how to register as a business in California, to knowing the ins and outs of your local zoning and business codes — there’s a billion areas of knowledge that require a contractor’s understanding and …
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A construction worker measuring a wooden wall with a tape measure at a construction site, wearing a tool belt and safety gear.

If you’re a general contractor or a person hiring a general contractor, there’s always a nagging question in the back of your mind: “What happens if something goes wrong?” In many states, there’s automatic legal protection for the public in the form of licensing, insurance, and contractor’s bonds, but many states don’t require contractors to be licensed or monitored by …
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An electrician in a hard hat and safety glasses works on a circuit breaker panel, holding pliers.

As a general contractor, you have a broad and diverse skillset that covers many areas of construction, from budgeting to hiring to contracts and more – in addition to the various trade skills you’ve acquired over the years. General contractors know better than anyone that you need specialist knowledge to operate in the various trades that comprise any construction project …
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General Contractors: Team Captain The general contractor (GC) is the linchpin of on-site activities, making sure that everything runs smoothly, on-time and on-budget. They’re the ones actually getting their hands “dirty”, so to speak, working on the site itself and making sure that everything is going according to plan. With guidance from the CM and the PM, GCs are actively …
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You’re a contractor. You’ve just finished a job (with a contract!) and now, when it comes time for the client to hold up their end of the bargain – nada. “No worries,” you think. This client seems legit. They’ll pay, they’re just forgetful is all. Yada yada. Days go by, then weeks, and still nothing hits your account number. You …
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As a California contractor, if there’s one nuisance that will crop up time and time again in your contracting career, it’s building codes. Considering the mountains of red tape and bureaucracy that you have to go through to even get your contractor’s license or get a project approved, the last thing contractors want is to deal with building codes. These …
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Two workers in blue overalls installing a gypsum board on a ceiling in a building under construction.

If you’re a contractor, a journeyman, an apprentice or someone just normally interested in a career in construction, there’s a good chance you have your eye on someday becoming a general contractor. It’s an appealing proposition – general contractors make good money and doing inspections isn’t nearly as punishing on the body as a day of laying grout. And yet, …
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A construction worker with a contractor license is standing in front of a construction site.

When you read articles about the construction labor shortage, it’s mostly with a tone of gloom and doom. Lots of projects are falling behind and whole metro areas need tens of thousands of new units for housing and commercial expansion. Of course, this level of labor shortage means that pretty much everyone in the industry is busy. But in this …
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A man with a hard hat, holding his contractor license, stands in front of a window.

If it hasn’t happened to your contracting business yet, it will eventually. You go to a client site to provide a consultation on a project and see that there are all kinds of problems with the existing setup. The client tells you that the person doing the work didn’t obtain a permit, even though you know they should have. Now …
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A contractor license is required to install a wooden shelf filled with wood and pipes.

Being able to say that you work with sustainable construction materials can be a boon for your construction business. When you evaluate supplies for their sustainability, you’re looking at consumption, waste and regeneration. Most materials can be sustainable, but you’ll have to do some research to confirm that your supply line is following best practices. This means that even if …
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You’ve done all the preliminary work. You have taken the exam and passed. You just cleared one of the biggest hurdles toward your own contracting business. Now what? This guide shows you the next steps. Applying for a License Although getting your application accepted for the licensing exam and then taking it means that you are almost done with the …
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You’ve hit the books every night for many weeks. You’ve become confident in your skills. You have reviewed all the requirements and you can easily prove your work toward them. But how do you know that you’re ready for the exam? If you can answer yes to the items on this checklist, you may be good to take the next …
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As you start to develop more experience in your chosen field, you might decide to apply for another classification on your contractor’s license. For a small business, adding a new classification might noticeably expand your ability to provide services to various customers. If you think you might be ready, here’s what you need to know. Why Might I Add Another …
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