Construction Licensing Compliance Guide

Construction Licensing Compliance

California Construction Licensing

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Licenses are typically required for individuals and businesses that provide construction industry services. This guide contains information about construction industry licensing in California.

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California Construction and Contracting Company Licenses

California Asbestos Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Consumer Affairs - Contractors State License Board
Notes:

To obtain this certification, a contractor must first be registered with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$83

Registration Renewal

Not required



Asbestos certifications do not expire as long as the holder's contractor license is active.

California Contractor License

Agency:California Contractors State License Board
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Ownership Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Financial Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Exemptions: 

The following projects or individuals may be exempt from licensing:

  • A project for which the combined value of labor, materials, and all other costs on one or more contracts is less than $500. Work on a larger project, may not be broken down to smaller amounts of less than $500 in an attempt to meet the $500 exemption;
  • An employee who is paid wages, who does not usually work in an independently established business, and who does not have direction or control over the performance of work or who does not determine the final results of the work or project;
  • Public personnel working on public projects;
  • Officers of a court acting within the scope of their office;
  • Public utilities working under specified conditions;
  • Oil and gas operations performed by an owner or lessee;
  • Owner-builders who build or improve existing structures on their own property if they either do the work themselves or use their own employees (paid in wages) to do the work;
  • Sale or installation of finished products that do not become a fixed part of the structure;
  • A seller of installed carpets who holds a retail furniture dealer's license but who contracts for installation of the carpet with a licensed carpet installer;
  • Security alarm company operators (licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services) who install, maintain, monitor, sell, alter, or service alarm systems (fire alarm company operators must be licensed by CSLB);
  • Persons whose activities consist only of installing satellite antenna systems on residential structures or property. These persons must be registered with the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$330 application fee + $200 license fee due after passing the exam.

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Agency Fee:

$400

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

The application to renew a contractor license automatically is sent to current licensees by CSLB about 60 days before an expiration date.

California Hazardous Substance Removal Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Consumer Affairs - Contractors State License Board

Individual Licenses

California Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

California Asbestos Consultant Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit

California Asbestos Site Surveillance Technician Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit

California Fire/Life/Safety Electrical Technician Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California General Electrician Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California Non-Residential Lighting Technician Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California Residential Electrician Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California Voice Data Video Electrical Technician Certification

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

Explore Licensing in Other States

Associated General Contractors of America
Professional association providing advocacy and organization for construction firms and workers.

National Association of Home Builders
National association for the promotion of the housing industry.

National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
National organization that represents and promotes the interests of state level contractor licensing agencies.

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