CSLB Considering Remodel License

CSLB Considering Remodel License

In the not so distant past the CSLB considered a C-1 license classification, but it never came to pass. Well, it looks like their considering a remodel license again.

I think this is GREAT news!! With the CSLB being so heavy handed over the last months when it comes to acceptable B-General contractors experience, a new trade classification that eliminates the need for framing experience would be awesome! Hopefully, if this new trade comes to fruition, the CSLB will also eliminate the need for permits.

The reality is, that the CSLB seems to overlook or is unaware of, many projects never get permits pulled. For whatever reason. But the CSLB thinks that every job ever done that is structural in nature has a permit associated with it. Maybe I live in a bubble, or they do, or maybe my reality is different than theirs, I don’t know, but a “permit free” license classification would be a HUGE boost for the construction industry!

If you’d like to attend the meeting… You know I’ll be there!! … the meeting notice is below.

Stakeholder Meeting: Consideration of a C-License
Classification for Remodel Work
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1:30 PM
9821 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827
First Floor Hearing Room
Conference Line Information
Call: (855) 797-9485 or (415) 655-0002
Meeting Number/Access Code: 924 483 882

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Discuss need for new license classification
    a. Internal experience analysis
    b. Licensing workshops polling
    c. Accept comment on other available data & public comment
  3. Adjourn
    This meeting is open to the public and accessible to the physically disabled. A person who needs a disability-related accommodation or modification to participate in the meeting may make a request by contacting Phyliz Jones at (916) 255-4000 or sending a written request to that person at the California Contractors State License Board, 9821 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827. Providing your request at least five (5) business days before the meeting will help ensure availability of the requested accommodation.

What are your thoughts on a CSLB Remodel License?


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.

9 thoughts on “CSLB Considering Remodel License”

  1. Hi you all,
    i wanted to provide a shout out about Phil the licensed Guru and what a great program this man has developed for all of us who are taking Construction State Board tests.
    I took my C-10 test back on March 1st, 2019. I did not have ample time, like most of us, to study for weeks on end. i purchased the material and studied hard for 1 week, maybe about 8 hours (plus minus) for 4 solid days and several hours in the morning, the day of the test. I felt real good taking the test, took the entire 3 hours, even to the point, where i was the last one in the room, and the staff eye balling me to finish cause it was the end of their shift on a end of week, Friday. After i raised my hand, the lady came over and pushed the button on the key board, and there it was, the “PASSED” noted on the screen. You dont know how load i yelled out and even bear hugged the lady. It was a great feeling. Thanks to Phil. You have the program that works and the success of what you present your students, shows. I’m thankful to have chosen your program. There are many programs out there. I think what drew me into this one, was all the responses and testimonials made. For you others, please make a point to write out your experiences.

    thanks again Phil

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  2. HELP! I’m 53 been in construction my whole life co owner of gen building company in the early 90s. Employee for large concrete company’s till 2011. Was rmo on general lic. for one company. lic. expired in 2008. Since 2011 I’ve been working on my own doing remodeling with out a lic. I applied for a gen b lic. In 2013 but was denied due to lack of experience!!! I’m still working every day but on the wrong side of the law! In all my life I’ve never been on the wrong side of the law except this. There has to be a path for someone like me!! Any advise would be life changing!

    1. Hi Steve,

      It all comes down to what you can prove on paper. You’d have to complete construction project lists that outline your experience, including framing, and provide as many permits as possible. Without permits, the chances of the cslb denying you again becomes greater.

      1. Thanks for the reply. It is tough to pull a permit without a lic. Unless I was working on my own home. So I’m back to square one. It really sucks there is no path for someone who has as much experience as I do. Just not on paper for the last 10! Thanks again.

  3. Blu Hill Flowers

    A remodel license might be the handyman license which could be good, wonder what would be the limitations. It could also open the door for real estate agent who act as contractors flipping homes when they don’t have the construction experience to be.
    Have you ever bough a home and found behind the new paint, cabinets and moldings a mickey mouse job?

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