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CSLB B-2 Remodeling Contractors License

B-2 Remodeling Contractors License

The CSLB has provided an update on the new Remodeling Contractors License. At the December 12th Board meeting, I asked for an update on the new remodeling contractors license. The Board stated that the new legislation has been submitted to the legislature and the bill has a sponsor. It should go up for a vote …

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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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CSLB Fees will Increase

CSLB Fees will Increase

Effective July 1, 2017, CSLB fees will 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 …

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CSLB Changing the Rules

CSLB Changing the Rules

The CSLB is changing the rules again! I spoke to an applicant today who’s application was voided by the CSLB. After months of back and forth with the Contractors State License Board where they continued to ask for more and more documentation, they voided his application without offering the “options” letter. The “options” letter is …

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Contractor RMOs for Hire

Contractor RMOs for Hire

The CSLB released their Winter 2015-16 newsletter last week. One article discussed contractor RMOs for hire. Section 7068.1 of the Business and Professions code states: …”responsible for exercising that direct supervision and control of his or her employer’s or principal’s construction operations to secure compliance with this chapter and the rules and regulations of the …

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Critical Classification Application Under Review

Critical Classification Application Under Review

I’m often asked, pretty much daily, what should an applicant do when they are dealing with a critical classification application under review. If you are applying for the C10 Electrical, B General Building, A General Engineering, C20 HVAC, etc. and your application is under review, this email Q&A and I had with a C10 applicant …

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Contact your State Representative

Contact your State Representative

If you are having problems with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), you should contact your State Representative. Below is a letter I received from my Rep back in 2013 in response to a complaint I filed. As you’ll see, they contacted the CSLB on my behalf. My take-away from this letter is that they …

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CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter

CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter

The CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter was sent out today. Here are my highlights… or lowlights. In the Chair’s opening statement he said: “You can expect CSLB to continue its vigorous regulation of California’s construction industry, and to aggressively pursue unlicensed contractors and unscrupulous businesses through sting operations, construction site sweeps, and other strategies. We want …

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What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board

What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board

What You Need to Know About Enforcement Actions by the Contractors State License Board By Garret Murai, April 13, 2015 I questioned whether to even write this post. Because, of course, YOU would never find yourself hightailing it out of town  with the California Contractor’s State License Board (“CSLB”) sniffing down your tail pipes. Then again, mistaken identities …

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State accuses Bonney Plumbing

State accuses Bonney Plumbing

State accuses Bonney Plumbing of misleading, overcharging customers Judge to determine if top-rated company will keep its license. Below is an article from KCRA’s website about a local plumbing company. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —The Better Business Bureau rates Bonney Plumbing an A+, and the company is one of the biggest plumbing contractors in Northern California …

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CSLB Application Processing in Action

CSLB Application Processing in Action

Here is an example of the CSLB application processing in action. 04/21/2014 – APPLICATION RECEIVED04/25/2014 – PRINTED ACKNLDGMNT LTTR TO APPLCNT05/12/2014 – APP TO CASE MGMT FOR FLAG REVIEW05/30/2014 – INSTRUCTIONS RETURNED FRM CASE MGMT05/30/2014 – AIU REQUESTED APP TO BE POSTED06/03/2014 – APPLICATION REJECTED FOR CORRECTION06/03/2014 – REJECT – CONFIRM LEGAL NAME06/03/2014 – CRITICAL …

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CSLB Explains B General Experience

CSLB Explains B General Experience

Finally, something in writing from the CSLB that explains the B General Experience requirements. And there is nothing in the law that backs this up! What you see here was sent to a client of mine from Indiana. The highlighting was done by the Contractors State License Board application technician. The bottom two lines clearly …

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Whats New in California Contractors Licensing

Whats New in California Contractors Licensing

Whats New in California Contractors Licensing? Well, there doesn’t appear to be much new happening in the world of California contractors licensing. I haven’t heard from anyone new about their license application struggles. Could everything be going smoothly at the CSLB? I highly doubt that. They haven’t been able to get their act together over …

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Email from a License Guru Blog Reader

Email from a License Guru Blog Reader

Below is an email from a License Guru Blog reader describing her CSLB experience review nightmare. “I have been following the license guru blog for about 7 months now which is just 3 months short of the full year my husband has been getting the run around from the investigator assigned to his file.  On …

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CalOSHA Targets Construction Sites for Inspections

CalOSHA Targets Construction Sites for Inspections

CSLB Industry Bulletin Following a series of fatal accidents involving construction workers, CSLB is passing along an announcement from the California Department of Industrial Relations about upcoming inspections of construction sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. CSLB likewise encourages rigorous training programs and on-site safety measures to protect construction workers from danger.  Cal/OSHA Targets …

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CSLB Investigation Opinion

CSLB Investigation Opinion

I received an email via my contact form on my website. I don’t know what prompted this person to send me this, other than to give their opinion about the CSLB investigators. Here’s their comment, untouched and not modified.  “with and in fact most likely shoved into someone elses pile of folders. Make sure to …

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Contractors State License Board Exams Part 2

Contractors State License Board Exams Part 2

Continuing the conversation with Betsy Figueira regarding Contractors State License Board Exams Part 2. Phil, I have submitted an IT request to correct the website statement regarding exam waivers – Within the last five years, you have passed both the Law and Business Examination and the trade examination in the same classification for which you …

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CSLB Applications must be notarized

CSLB Applications must be notarized

I was told today that CSLB applications must be notarized if you are applying from out-of-state. Or at least the work experience form must be notarized. The reason given: it’s the only way they can verify signatures of out-of-state applicants and/or certifiers. This would suggest that they verify ALL signatures, wouldn’t it? And how would they …

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