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Contractors State License Board Ready to Reopen Test Centers

All public counters in California remain closed at this time. SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is announcing that seven of its eight test centers around California will reopen next Monday, June 15, 2020. Most of the centers will have expanded hours each day to accommodate an additional test session for applicants. The test centers, …

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Contractor’s Licensing Schools

Contractor’s Licensing Schools

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of contractor’s licensing schools. I’m not referring to any one specific contractor’s licensing school, just the overall contractor’s license school method.  And before we get into the pros and cons, let’s define the word “school.”  They really aren’t schools because they aren’t teaching anything, they are showing people …

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How long does it take to get a contractors license in California?

How long does it take to get a contractors license in California?

As my father used to say… how long is a piece of string? The processing times at the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) vary greatly.  It depends on the type of application, document, or form you’re submitting. Different applications are processed by different units within the CSLB, and they each have their own backlogs. When …

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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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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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CSLB Reassigning Application Technicians

CSLB Reassigning Application Technicians

I was told recently that the Contractors State License Board (CSLB), Licensing Department, has reassigned several of their license application technicians to their call center. This is good news, bad news. Good news because their call center has lacked competent people for a very long time.  You could call three times and get three different …

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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 Scrutinizing Workers Comp Exemptions

CSLB Scrutinizing Workers Comp Exemptions

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is turning their attention to contractors who they believe should be carrying workers compensation. In the newsletter article below, the CSLB discusses their plan to look into whether or not a licensee who submitted a workers comp exempt form should actually be carrying a workers comp policy. Right off …

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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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New C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor

New C1 Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor

The CSLB is proposing legislation to create a New C1 (Actual name is B-2) Non Structural Remodel Repair Contractor. It’s about time!! After years of forcing B General Contractor applicants to withdraw their applications because they couldn’t meet the unrealistic proof of experience requirements, the Contractors State License Board is actually doing something to help …

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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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Report Unlicensed Activity

Report Unlicensed Activity

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) states that unlicensed contracting is part of California’s estimated annual $60 to $140 billion dollar underground economy. These individuals and businesses do not pay taxes, have general liability insurance or license surety bonds. The CSLB also believes that it is not unusual for them to be involved in other …

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CSLB Gestapo Tactics

CSLB Gestapo Tactics

The CSLB may be taking notes (knowingly? or unknowingly?) out of Germany’s Gestapo playbook. Wikipedia says, in part: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestapo “The basic Gestapo law passed by the government in 1936 gave the Gestapo carte blanche to operate without judicial review—in effect, putting it above the law.[13] The Gestapo was specifically exempted from responsibility to administrative courts, where citizens normally could …

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CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter Part 2

CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter Part 2

In this edition of the CSLB Spring 2015 Newsletter part 2 I’ll discuss advertising rules for contractors. What caught my eye were two things. 1) The image they used in the article was taken in front of the CSLB headquarters building. I looked up the business name and found one company called Polar Solar Inc. …

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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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