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Stay Tuned!!

Stay Tuned!!

In the coming months I’ll be starting a new business that will address a specific desire/issue/need that so many of you want and must have. And, of course, you can expect the same level of excellent service I provide you with now at a cost that is much more affordable than others in this industry. …

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How to file a complaint against the Contractors State License Board

How to file a complaint against the Contractors State License Board

Or as I like to call it, the… Contractors State Anti-License Board, since they seem to go out of their way to deny licenses. Do you feel like you’ve submitted overwhelming proof of your experience, followed every ridiculous request and requirement thrown at you by the CSLB? Do you feel like all they’ve done is …

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CSLB Continues to Disregard the Law

CSLB Continues to Disregard the Law

Here we go again, more evidence that the CSLB continues to disregard the law as written. I know, you’ve heard this from me before (just last month), but the business naming issue and the CSLB’s blatant disregard for the law has to stop. It’s time for them to put on their big boy/girl pants and …

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CSLB Certification Requirement

CSLB Certification Requirement

Here we go again on the make stuff up as we go merry go-round! What the law states is different than what they do. The CSLB certification requirement of work experience rules have a new twist. Here’s the latest… I have a client who has obtained experience all over the world. He’s extremely qualified and …

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Lies Lies… and a few more Lies

Lies Lies… and a few more Lies

Update: Dec. 6/2019 The CSLB told an applicant that he must use a DBA with four specific words in it. They told the applicant that he could only use those four words without changes or alterations. So here we go again… the cslb crossing the line between state agency and dictatorship. Continuing with the original …

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CSLB Owner Builder Experience

CSLB Owner Builder Experience

Let’s talk about CSLB owner builder experience for a moment. Since the CSLB has once again become the Soup Nazi’s (Seinfeld reference) of State licensing, many people are asking if their owner builder experience is enough to get them to the B General Building exam room. The answer is a big fat maybe.  The problem …

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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 …

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Advertising on Craigslist

Advertising on Craigslist

Have you done any advertising on Craigslist?  Are you unlicensed?  Beware, the CSLB trolls Craigslist looking for unlicensed contractors to come to their sting house and bait you into offering services that you can’t provide, legally. Here’s the scenario, you don’t have a license but need business. So, you put an add on Craigslist offering …

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California Handyman

California Handyman

Just a quick post to discuss being a California handyman. There is no specific license for being a handyman, other than a business license in the city/county you reside in. A contractors license is only needed if your projects are $500.00 or more. That per project amount is just that, per project/per client. You can’t …

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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 …

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Contractors License Fictitious Business Name Requirements

Contractors License Fictitious Business Name Requirements

It has come to my attention that as of March 1st the Contractors State License Board now has fictitious business name requirements stating that any business applying for a license with a DBA needs to submit a copy of the filed Fictitious Business Name (FBN) statement with the application before they will post the application.  …

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CSLB self-employed project list

CSLB self-employed project list

UPDATE January 28, 2019 The cslb is requiring that ALL self employed B-General Building applicants provide the project list forms AND PERMITS!!!! If you provide a project list form and there is NO PERMIT accompanying it, the cslb will NOT give you credit for that experience! Seems just about the time they are moving forward, …

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Bad Contractors Licensing Information

Bad Contractors Licensing Information

Beware of bad contractors licensing information! Isn’t everything on the internet true??   But seriously, you have to beware of bad contractors licensing information on the www. I came across this webpage: https://generalcontractorlicenseguide.com/california-contractors-license/ and as I read through it, I kept finding bad, incorrect, erroneous information.  I started to make a list but when I …

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Contractors Business Name Style

Contractors Business Name Style

Contractors Business Name Style Many people get caught in the contractors business name style law, or B&P Code 7059.1, and end up with a rejected contractor’s license application. Update: Dec. 6 2019 The CSLB told an applicant that he must use a DBA with four specific words in it. They told the applicant that he …

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General Building Experience

General Building Experience

General Building Experience Are you having trouble with your general building experience outline (or any trade outline)? Has the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) rejected your B general building application because your outline was not formatted properly? An improperly formatted general building experience outline is a very common issue, and probably the number one reason …

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of my clients, readers, family, and friends!

Workers Compensation Laws Changed

Workers Compensation Laws Changed

Workers Compensation laws changed earlier this year, thanks to AB 2883. And here’s how it’s affecting California contractors and applicants. This new law, as stated in-part below, requires that corporations carry workers comp if they have officers that own less than 15% ownership in the company. How does this affect contractors and license applicants? If …

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