Applying for a B General Contractors License

Applying for a B General Contractors License

If you intend or hope to apply for a B General Contractors License… forget about it!!


The CSLB has tightened the reigns a little more.  I’ve heard from applicants who have submitted permits (per the CSLB’s unwritten rule) for projects they worked on and their experience was still denied.

Basically the ONLY way anyone can qualify for the B General classification is by being an employee of a B General Contractor for at least four years.  If you are one of the few that has that kind of experience, you better have pay stubs and w-2’s at the ready… because just stating on the app that you were an employee of a B contactor may still not be enough.

Soap box venting time….

I am sick and tired of the CSLB going out of its way to keep people from getting licensed.  The friggen law states that an applicant’s skill and knowledge will be tested by a written exam!  Is following the law as written good enough for the Contractors State Anti-License Board? … No… they require the applicant submit this form and that form, permits, pay stubs, your first born!  They’ve really become a joke.  Their overblown sense of self-worth and self-importance is so blatant and the butt of many a joke within the industry and they don’t even see it.  They’ve probably created more unlicensed contractors than they have licensed contractors because of the ever-changing rules and procedures they create daily.  It’s no wonder their application technicians don’t have a clue, they must grab a program when they walk in the door just to know what rules are in play for that day.

And dog forbid that you ask them a procedural question!!!  It’s like asking the Colonel for his recipe!  Hey CSLB, how about you let the public know how your process works so that your techs don’t spend 7 hours a day rejecting applications!?!  Oops, sorry, I forgot… they can’t tell people how things work because they change how things work constantly.

So, do you want to get a B general contractors license, or add the B to your existing license?? ROFLMAO…. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!


I am a Navy vet and former laborer for a B-Gen Bldg contractor, I built mobile homes for many years, I worked at the Contractors State License Board for 5 yrs, and have been operating a contractors license service company since 2005.

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