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:

http://www.cslb.ca.gov/About_Us/Library/Forms_And_Applications.aspx

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:

Application for Asbestos Certification

Filing method:

Mail

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
Insurance Requirements:

  • Applicants with one or more employees must provide a certificate of insurance verifying workers' compensation insurance coverage.
  • LLC licensees are required to have liability insurance in an amount that is not less than $1,000,000 or more $5,000,000 depending on the number of personnel of record.

Bond Requirements:

  • All contractors must have a $15,000 contractor's bond on file with CSLB.
  • An additional $12,500 qualifying individual's bond must be filed for contractors that are qualified by a responsible managing employee.
  • All LLC licenses are required to obtain a $100,000 surety bond as well.

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Original Contractor License

Agency fee:

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

Turnaround:

https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/ProcessingTimes/ProcessingTimes.aspx

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$400

Due:

Biennially

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Notes:

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

California Hazardos Substance Removal Certification

More Information:

http://www.cslb.ca.gov/About_Us/Library/Forms_And_Applications.aspx

Agency:California Department of Consumer Affairs - Contractors State License Board

MH-Unit/Commercial Modular Dealer License

Law:

California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2, Commencing with Section 18045.

MH-Unit/Commercial Modular Manufacturers License

Law:

California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2, commencing with Section 18045.

Individual Licenses

California Individual Construction and Contracting Licenses

California Asbestos Consultant Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/asbestos.html

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit

California Asbestos Site Surveillance Technician Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/asbestos.html

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit

California Fire/Life/Safety Electrical Technician Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ecu/EleCat.html#1

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California General Electrician Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ecu/EleCat.html#1

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California Non-Residential Lighting Technician Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ecu/EleCat.html#1

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California Residential Electrician Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ecu/EleCat.html#1

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

California Voice Data Video Electrical Technician Certification

More Information:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ecu/EleCat.html#1

Agency:California Department of Industrial Relations - Electrician Certification Program

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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