Before you begin work on any building project, you must check with your city or county building department to determine if your project requires a permit. Permits help ensure that work is performed according to established state and local building codes, and safety standards.

While disciplinary actions from building departments vary by jurisdiction, licensees can also be responsible for any fine issued to a property owner and the cost of complying with code requirements. Under Business and Professions Code sections and 7110, CSLB has the authority to assist in regulating building and safety laws and discipline any licensee who violates the law. This includes civil penalties of up to $5,000 per citation and/or suspension or revocation of a contractor license.

Complaints of unpermitted construction work are increasing among licensees. CSLB encourages you to report any violators, whether licensed or unlicensed.