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CSLB Word of the Day – “Fenestration”

SACRAMENTO – Californians will reach out to a contractor for installing new fenestration fixtures like windows, exterior doors, or skylights hoping to save energy in their home. But, in the case of low-rise residential...more

When Does a Contractor Legally Abandon a Construction Project?

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Lately, we’ve been spending more time as litigators pursuing and defending claims of abandonment against contractors. It has become apparent that abandonment is often misinterpreted in its legal meaning and effect. Here are...more

2018 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature introduced 2,495 bills during the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. Of these, 859 were signed into law....more

Unlicensed Contractor Shoots for the Stars . . . Sputters on Takeoff

Elon Musk . . . Eccentric engineer. Technology billionaire. And, now, litigation bad ass. Frequent readers of the California Construction Law Blog know that we’ve talked about the importance of being properly...more

Construction and Infrastructure Update - July 2017

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process - If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new...more

The A, B and C’s of Contracting and Self-Performing Work Under California’s Contractor’s License Law

The California Contractors State License Board issues licenses in three general classifications: 1. Class A – General Engineering Contractors; 2. Class B – General Building Contractors; and 3. Class C – Specialty...more

California Contractors State License Board To Discuss Legislative Developments May 19

This meeting will be open to the public except when specifically noticed otherwise. Members of the public are permitted to address the Committee during the public comment session; however, the total time allocated for public...more

California’s Enforcement Chief David Fogt Is New Registrar of Contractors

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recently announced that current Enforcement Chief David R. Fogt will serve as the CSLB’s new Registrar of Contractors starting May 2. This promotion makes David Fogt the...more

CSLB Releases New Forms and Announces New Fees!

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB”) has issued new application forms. Effective May 1, 2017, the CSLB will only accept forms with a revision date of October 2017 (Pro tip: see bottom of form to verify it...more

Cal CSLB Registrar of Contractors and Chief Deputy Registrar Announce Pending Retirement

On November 29, the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) issued an Industry Bulletin via email announcing that Cindi A. Christenson, the CSLB’s current Registrar of Contractors, will be retiring effective May 1,...more

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

CSLB’s Military Application Assistance Program

Who knew? I didn’t. Military Applicants, with Proper Forms, Move to Front of Line for Contractor License Processing - SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) salutes U.S. military personnel for their...more

AB 1793 Amends Requirements for Contractors to Establish Substantial Compliance With State Contractor Licensing Requirements

On August 30, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1793, which amends the requirements under Business & Professions Code § 7031 for a contractor to establish “substantial compliance” with state contractor licensing...more

Shaken? Stirred? A Primer on License Bond Claims in California

Shaken? Stirred? A bit hot under the tuxedo collar perhaps? Maybe it’s time for a martini. Or two. When your project’s a mess, your contractor isn’t returning your calls, and you don’t have a license...more

CSLB Announces New Online Home Improvement Salespersons Registration Process

As we reported on earlier (as in last year) the California Contractors State License Board was in the process of revamping its Home Improvement Salesperson registration process following the enactment of Senate Bill 561. I...more

Operation Underground Economy

The California Department of Insurance’s news release on its latest efforts to target the underground economy reminds me of some lines of Mission Impossible: “this is not mission difficult, Mr. Hunt. It’s mission impossible.”...more

Punchlist: The News We Didn’t Quite Get To – May 2016

Punchlist: The News We Didn’t Quite Get To - If you're a solar contractor, make sure you don't get burned...more

CSLB Joint Venture Licenses – Providing Contractors With The Means To Expand Their Businesses

California’s Business and Professions Code requires contractors to be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”). The CSLB issues licenses in 44 different classifications which are separated into three...more

One Very Good Reason to Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed

I know how the thinking goes . . . Other than providing you with some marginal assurance that the work performed by your contractor (or subcontractor, in the case of general contractors) will be up to snuff, why do you...more

Be Careful Who You Hire: Unlicensed Contractors are Employees of the Hirer

In Randall Blackwell v. Ray Vasilas, (D067239, Superior Court No. 37-2013-00064563-CU-PO-CTL) the Fourth Appellate District held the Privette Doctrine does not protect a hirer from liability to an independent contractor’s...more

Tips on Pursuing and Defending Complaints against Contractors

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The often staggering cost of litigation has prompted an equally staggering amount of regulatory complaints against contractors in recent years. Why? Because filing a complaint against a contractor may not cost a complainant...more

California Increases the Contractor’s License Bond Requirement

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The California Legislature recently enacted Senate Bill 467, increasing the license bond requirement from $12,500 to $15,000 for California contractors, effective January 1, 2016. Contractor’s license bonds generally exist...more

Top Ten Stories in California Construction for 2015

Cranes, cement trucks, and street closures seem to be everywhere these days, especially in city centers such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the meltdown of 2006, real estate development went into hibernation for...more

Berkeley Balcony Collapse Leads To Calls For More Scrutiny of The Construction Industry

On June 16, 2015 six students died and seven others were seriously injured when the balcony on which they were standing collapsed. The group was celebrating a 21st birthday party at an apartment located in the “Library...more

CSLB Revamping its Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Process

CSLB Taking Steps to Implement New, Simplified Home Improvement Salespersons Registration Process SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is moving quickly to implement a new law that will simplify the...more

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