1. Who Must be Licensed as a Contractor?

    All Businesses or individuals who construct or alter, or offer to construct or alter, any building, highway, road, parking facility, railroad, excavation or other structure in California must be licensed by the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) if the total cost (labor and materials)…Read More

  2. Change in Structure of Business Entity Requires New License Number

    Contractors must re-apply to the California Contractors State License Board whenever there is a change in the entity that they are licensed under. For example, if you are general partnership and one of your partners is bought out or a new partner joins the business the partnership entity needs to be…Read More

  3. What General Contractors Can and Can’t Do

    General building contractors usually oversee projects and coordinate the specific licensed subcontractors for a job. Specialty or subcontractors are usually hired to perform a single job. For example, if you want only roofing or plumbing work, you may want to hire a contractor licensed in that parti…Read More

  4. Good News for Orange County Contractors

    The chances of a contractor recovering attorneys fees on a public works project got better. The appellate court ruled in Mepco Services Inc. v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District (2010) 189 Cal. App. 4th 1027 in a public works project where a contractor must provide a performance bond under t…Read More

  5. Warning to Contractors with Their Licenses Suspended or Revoked

    SACRAMENTO - A former licensed contractor whose state license was taken away in 2010 was sentenced to four years felony probation and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine to the Workers' Compensation Fraud Account administered by the California Department of Insurance. The May 5, 2011 sentencing of Brian Gr…Read More

  6. Is E-Verify Going to be Required State Wide?

    California contractors should be aware that while the state of California doe not require the use of the federal government's E-Verify Program yet, several California cities do. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows contractors and other businesses to determine the eligibility of their em…Read More