CSLB Fees will Increase

Effective July 1, 2017, CSLB fees will increase.

CSLB 2017 Fee Increase

 

 

It’s gonna get a little bit more expensive to obtain, maintain, and change/update a contractors license!

 

Application and Licensing Fees Current Fee as of July 1, 2017
Fee
1.      Original Application $300 $330
(for those taking exam or requesting waiver for one classification)
2.      Additional Classification (each) (with waiver or joint venture application for original license) $75 $75 (unchanged)
3.      Initial License (good for two years) $180 $200
4.      Re-Examination $60 $60 (unchanged)
5.      Additional Classification Application (for an existing license) $75 $150
6.      Replacing the Qualifying Individual Application (for an existing license) $75 $150
7.      License Reactivation Application $360 $400
(for licenses expired for more than five years)
8.      Joint Venture Application $480 $530
(total fee for one classification – application fee plus initial license fee)
(see #2 above for additional classification fee)
9.      Add New Personnel Application $100
(for existing corporate or limited liability company licenses – not including the qualifying individual; see above for replacing the qualifier)
10.   Add New Limited Partner Application $100
(for existing partnership license)
11.   Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Application $75 $83
12.   Fingerprinting Fees – Paid to Live Scan Operator $49 $49 (unchanged)
Dept. of Justice (DOJ) Processing Fee ($32 DOJ &
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Processing Fee $17 FBI)
13.   Live Scan “Rolling Fees” Varies Varies
(each Live Scan site sets its own fee)
14.   Asbestos Certification Application $75 $83
15.   Hazardous Substance Removal Certification Application $75 $83
License and Registration Renewal Fees For Licenses/ For Licenses/
Registrations that expire on or before June 30, 2017 Registrations that expire on or after 1 Jul 17
$360 $400
16.   Active Timely Renewal (postmarked or hand delivered to CSLB on or before the expiration date)
17.   Active Delinquent Renewal $540 $600
(postmarked or hand delivered to CSLB after the expiration date)
(renewal fee + penalty)
18.   Inactive Timely Renewal $180 $200
(postmarked or hand delivered to CSLB on or before the expiration date)
19.   Inactive Delinquent Renewal $270 $300
(postmarked or hand delivered to CSLB  after the expiration date)
(renewal fee + penalty)
20.   Home Improvement Salesperson Timely Renewal $75 $83
(postmarked or hand delivered to CSLB on or before the expiration date)
21.   Home Improvement Salesperson Delinquent Renewal $100 $124.50
(postmarked or hand delivered to CSLB after the expiration date)
(renewal fee + penalty)

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CSLB Chooses Against C1 Classification

I just received word that the CSLB will not be pursing the addition of the C-1 Classification.

I posted in October of 2015 that the CSLB would be creating this classification to allow the license holder to perform work that “provided that no load bearing portion of the existing structure is altered, added or moved; this includes footings, foundations, and weight bearing members.” Basically, it would have allowed the C1 contractor to bid, contract, and perform work that includes at least two unrelated trades that did not include framing.

My assumption was that this new classification was in response to their now defunked “critical classification” application process.  A process that was actually an underground regulation that was devastating the industry.  Now that they’ve finally come around to processing apps in a manner that is actually allowed by law, it would appear they’ve decided against the new classification.

I’m sure they have their “reasons”, but that new classification would have meant that many unlicensed people could have obtained a license. And, therefore, putting some sort of dent in the unlicensed industry that the CSLB has been so inept in containing or curbing.  They just can’t seem to get out of their own way.

I give this decision a BIG….

CSLB C1 Thumbs Down

 

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CSLB Registrar Announces Upcoming Retirement

CSLB Registrar Announces Upcoming Retirement
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“SACRAMENTO – After a stellar career of more than 35 years in state service, Cindi A. Christenson has announced that she will retire, effective May 1, 2017.

Ms. Christenson, who has the distinction of being the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) first female Registrar, was appointed to the position January 1, 2015. As Registrar, she oversees a $60 million budget and more than 400 employees at CSLB’s Sacramento headquarters and 10 other field offices around the state. Prior to her appointment as Registrar, Ms. Christenson served for six years as CLSB’s Chief Deputy Registrar.

During her tenure as Registrar, Ms. Christenson played a pivotal role in overhauling the Home Improvement Salesperson registration process, making it easier for salespersons to get to work after joining a new contractor. She also oversaw the introduction of a revamped e-payment system so contractors can pay their fees at CSLB offices by credit card. In addition, Ms. Christenson has helped make sure CSLB meets its responsibilities regulating the quickly-growing and evolving solar industry.

“I’ve enjoyed my time as Registrar immensely,” said Christenson. “We’ve worked hard to follow our consumer protection mission, while serving as an industry watchdog and a strong partner in efforts to curb the underground economy. We’ve also worked hard to establish more streamlined processes for state licensure.”

“Ms. Christenson has done an outstanding job as Registrar,” said Board Chair Agustin Beltran. “She has served the Board, its employees, the construction industry, and most importantly, the people of California with distinction and integrity. This Board is in excellent shape as we move towards the future.”

Before joining CSLB, Ms. Christenson served as the executive officer for the California Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, from 1996 to 2009, and, from 1988 to 1996, was that organization’s senior engineering registrar. She also worked with the state Department of Water Resources as an associate mechanical engineer from 1981 to 1988.

A nationwide executive search for Ms. Christenson’s replacement will begin immediately.

CSLB also announces the pending retirement of Chief Deputy Registrar Cindy Kanemoto. Ms. Kanemoto plans to end her state service career, which started in 1977, on December 30, 2016.”

End of article…

What does this mean for the construction industry? That’s the big question! The “Cindy’s” have done a great job in getting the CSLB back on the right path. Let’s hope the next Registrar is just as good.

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Happy 4th of July

I would like to wish all of my readers and clients, family and friends a Happy 4th of July! I hope all of you have fun this weekend…. and then take Tuesday off to recover. 🙂

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RMO Services

RMO ServicesAre you licensed and can be a qualifier on another license to provide RMO services? Or a company who is looking for RMO services?

Do you hold the B, C10, C20, C36, C39, or C46 classification?

I’m often asked if I can assist someone who needs RMO services.

If you are a sole owner or RMO on less than three active corporate or LLC licenses and are interested in providing RMO services on another license, please post a comment to this post below.  If you would like to include your license number, potential license holders could contact you directly via the information available on the CSLB website.  Otherwise, they can post a comment and I, or they, can reach out to you.

Remember, you cannot “rent out” your license and the cslb has stated they are looking for qualifiers who are not actively participating in the projects being done under the licenses they are qualifying.

Note, I am not an attorney nor do I provide legal services.  I will be happy to assist/prepare your CSLB documents, but all legal questions and requests for contract preparation services must be directed to a licensed attorney.

CSLB Gives Fair Warning about Workers Compensation

CSLB Workers CompensationIn the Spring Newsletter, the CSLB gives fair warning about workers compensation.

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CSLB Gives Fair Warning to Licensees Misusing Workers’ Comp Exemption

CSLB is contacting licensees who may be improperly claiming that they are exempt from purchasing workers’ compensation (WC) insurance because they have no employees. Contractors who are evading their responsibility to purchase WC coverage be forewarned – there are more moves coming to force compliance with the law.

For now, the educational letters are the first steps in a WC compliance strategy approved by the Board last December. The letter was drafted by CSLB in partnership with the state Employment Development Department (EDD) and Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) after a sampling of agency records and consumer complaints showed a high number of contractors are suspected of doing work that typically requires employees, yet are claiming the WC exemption.

Specifically, three sets of records shed light on what has been a persistent problem with WC fraud:

  • First, CSLB obtained a list of 25,000 contractors who had registered with DIR to perform public works projects. From a sampling of 200 of those licensees, 35 had a WC exemption on file – despite working on jobs that typically require employees.
  • Investigators examined building permits valued at $20,000 or more that were taken out in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties during a period last March. Of the 91 licensees who pulled permits on these large-scale projects, 34 had claimed the WC exemption.
  • Finally, CSLB looked at consumer complaints received in February, and identified that more than one-third involved WC-exempt contractors who may have been using employees.

Overall, more than 50 percent of all licensees have filed WC exemptions with CSLB, a rate suspected to be too high considering the nature of the contracting work done.

Contractors who falsely claim WC exemptions are taking a great risk to save a little money. WC violators not only face CSLB disciplinary action, but they expose themselves and their clients to liability if uninsured workers get hurt on the job.

Business and Professions Code section 7125 requires contractors to purchase a WC policy and submit proof to CSLB when an active license is issued, an inactive one reactivated, or at the time of renewal, unless the licensee does not employ anyone requited to have a WC policy or files a certification of self-insurance with CSLB. (All C-39 Roofing contractors, however, must carry WC insurance even if they work on their own.)

The letter reminds contractors with questionable WC exemptions about the need to follow the law if they have employees, and informs them about the stepped-up efforts to identify violators.

At its April 2016 meeting, the Board approved the following additional measures as part of an overall WC enforcement strategy:

  • Partner with investigators from district attorney offices and the state Division of Labor Standards to inspect active construction sites through a popular website used by contractors to find job leads and file permits.
  • Work with counties that receive DIR funding to battle WC fraud, and submit the names of serious violators to prosecutors that could result in the filing of criminal charges, rather than administrative action.
  • Expand CSLB’s stings and construction site sweeps to public works projects, partnering with EDD and DIR.

…end article

Don’t get caught without workers compensation. The fines can be very expensive. Having workers compensation now will save you $$ in the long run.

Critical Classifications

Critical ClassificationsThe CSLB has seen the error of their ways and has done away with the list of Critical Classifications!

Yep, you heard me! The Contractors State License Board, under the direction of the new Registrar Cindi Christenson (she’s moved to the top of my Christmas List!), has seen the light.

They have done away with what has been dubbed the “Villucci Rule” or “Villucci Disaster” and have gone back to processing license applications in a manner that is consistent with the law.

No longer will they be REQUIRING applicants of the A, B, C10, C16, C20, C36, C38, and C57 classifications to provide written documentation to PROVE their experience.

It’s been a long 3+ years, but the day has finally come. To put it in the words of the Registrar herself at a recent Board meeting… the previous way of processing applications was “probably improper.” One of the Board members wanted to know why application submittals have gone up, but the number of licenses issued has gone down.. uh… Rick Villucci is why!! I wonder how Rick is doing in his newly demoted position?!?! LOL

This means that ALL applications will be processed according to the contractors license law. This is to say that a minimum of 3% of ALL applications received will be pulled for a secondary review… as the law allows!

Bottom line… your A, B, C10, etc app will most likely get through the initial review process without issue (unless it isn’t formatted properly… [I can help with this] and is rejected) and sent straight to the exams. This is good new people!!

I give the CSLB a lot of grief (having been a former CSLB employee I feel I’ve earned the right), but in this instance… I totally applaud the Registrar!!