Category Archives: Licensing

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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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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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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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There’s no way around it, builders and property owners working on making changes to buildings and structures must keep safety and quality in construction practices at the top of their minds. So whether you’re a seasoned contractor or a novice observer of California building codes, this guide will help you remain compliant throughout your construction projects. We will cover the …
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For contractors looking to commit their careers to keeping the world clean, fresh, and safe, the C-42 Sanitation License is the way to go. In this comprehensive guide, we are going to spell out what this license is all about, how it relates to and differs from the C-36 Plumbing License, and also what you’ll need if you want to …
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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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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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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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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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A friendly reminder to all C-61-/D-49 contractors: your license is changing! Any contractor working on tree trimming jobs will require a C-49 License in roughly 90 days. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has introduced a new classification – the C-49 contractors’ license replaces the C-61 and D-49 licenses. This new classification is specifically for Tree and Palm Contractors – …
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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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If you’re a new California contractor or you’re simply looking to become a construction contractor in the state, it may seem like a daunting task to stay compliant and within the bounds of the legal requirements put forth by the State and the various authorities in charge of maintaining safety and construction standards. California is notorious for its regulatory eagerness, …
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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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If you’re planning on doing any residential remodeling work in California, it’s essential to have the proper licensing – in this case, a CSLB Class B-2 Residential Remodeling License. The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) regulates contractors in California and issues licenses to those who meet specific requirements. If you are working on any remodeling job that costs over …
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Think back to your old studying habits in high school. How well did they work? If you are like most people, your favorite method of studying was to read the book, look up what you didn’t understand, and hope like heck you could remember the material when test time came around. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are one …
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An article that appeared in Fortune points out that Airbnb is on target to profit by $3 Billion by 2020. That is a lot of growth and something on which contractors should focus. There are a lot of construction opportunities around hot industries such as the travel industry which Airbnb is driving. How many construction opportunities do you miss? Do You Have …
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Good news! The construction industry future is looking bright – commercial, residential, and industrial construction specialty lines are reporting strong year-over-year growth and forecasting steady increases in total projects and revenue into the foreseeable future. This sounds great on paper and it has many construction professionals charging ahead to grow their operations while the numbers are good and the outlook …
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June is now here and the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the 12th through the 18th of June is “Safe + Sound Week,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness for the importance of workplace safety and health programs.  The National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, National …
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In September of 2014, California Bill SB 1159 was signed into law. This law prohibits, except as specified, any entity within the CA Department of Consumer Affairs from denying licensure to an applicant based on his/her immigration status. This means that, no later than January 1st, 2016, the entity that governs California contractor state licenses (the Contractors State License Board, …
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