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California Contractors License Law & Reference Book

The laws, regulations, and other information you need to obtain a California contractor license, published in cooperation with the Contractors License Board.
Publisher: Michie
Print Book :1 volume, softbound, replaced annually with updates
2018 Edition
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ISBN: 9781522149705
Publisher: Michie
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The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in becoming licensed as a contractor in California. Created in conjunction with the California Contractors License Board, this newest edition includes the information you need to become a California Licensed Contractor, maintain and change your existing license, access information about Licensees, and handle complaints and citations. You'll also find high-quality information about home improvement, business management, construction standards, and safety regulations, and the full text of the State License Board Rules and Regulations. A comprehensive table of contents, a table of sections affected by new legislation, a convenient index, and quick-find tabs printed at the edges of pages allow you to find what you need quickly and easily in this full-featured softcover volume.

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Table of Contents

About this Book

Summary of Major Changes to Contractor Law

Sections Affected by 2016 Legislation

CSLB History & Background

CSLB Mission

CSLB Offices

Section I. The California Contractor License

Chapter 1

Becoming a California Licensed Contractor

General Requirements

Experience Requirements

License Classifications

Applying for a License

Licensing Examinations

License Issuance

Financial Requirements

Chapter 2

Your Existing License: Maintaining and Changing It


Judgments and Outstanding Liabilities

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage

Liability Insurance Coverage for Limited Liability Companies

Adding a Classification to an Existing License

Changes in Personnel

Changes in Business Name or Address

Changes in Business Type

Frequently Asked Questions About New License Requirements

Inactivating and Reactivating a License

Renewing Your License

Cancellation of a License

Chapter 3

Access to Licensee Information

Available Documents, Complaint Records, Fees

Information Regarding Individual License Records

Information Regarding Large Quantities of License Information

Information Regarding Pending Application Records

Information Regarding Legal Action Against Contractors

Documents Available from CSLB

Chapter 4

Enforcement Procedures: Complaints and Citations

Complaints Against Licensed Contractors

Addressing Complaints Against Unlicensed Contractors

Section II. Home Improvement

Chapter 5

Home Improvement

Home Improvement Contractor

Home Improvement Contracts

Home Warranties

Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) Registration

Registrar-Approved Joint Control Agreements

Mechanics Lien Warning

Joint Control Addendum

Mechanics Lien Warning

Section III. Business Management

Chapter 6

Managing a Business

The Contractor Manager

Principles of Management

Establishing Your Business

Financial Responsibility and Control

Financial Management


Operations Management

Legal Considerations and Remedies

California Mechanics Liens and Stop Notices

Glossary of Terms Associated with Mechanics Liens

Expert Advisors

Bidding on Government Contracts

Section IV. Construction Standards and Safety Regulations

Chapter 7

Safety and Health in Construction

Responsible Agencies

Construction Safety Legal Requirements

Multiple Employer Work Sites

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

Employee Complaint Rights and Protections

Injury and Illness Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements



Investigations of Unsafe Conditions

Hazardous Substances

Carcinogen Control

Confined Spaces

Excavations and Trenches

How to Obtain Additional Information

Chapter 8

Regional Notification Centers: Underground

Service Alert

Chapter 9

Preservation of Native American Remains

Reporting Requirement


Additional Information

Chapter 10

Construction of Wells

License Required for Water Wells

Reporting Requirements

California Department of Water Resources Regional Offices

Well Standards

Section V. The Department of Consumer Affairs

Chapter 11

Laws Governing the Department of Consumer Affairs

General Provisions

The Department

The Director of Consumer Affairs

Funds of the Department

Consumer Affairs

Public Members


Dispute Resolution Programs

Joint Committee on Boards, Commissions, and Consumer Protection

Review of Boards under the Department of Consumer Affairs

Denial, Suspension and Revocation of Licenses

General Provisions

Denial of Licenses

Suspension and Revocation of Licenses

Public Reprovals

Examination Security

Section VI. The Contractors State License Board; License Law, Rules and Regulations, and Related Laws

Chapter 12

Contractors’ State License Law



Application of Chapter






Disciplinary Proceedings

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Reports


The Construction Management Education Sponsorship Act of 1991

Renewal of Licenses

Home Improvement Business

Asbestos Consultants


Home Inspectors

Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Home Inspections

Chapter 13

Contractors State License Board Rules and Regulations

List of Current Board Rules and Regulations

CA Code of Regulations: Title 16. Division 8



Application for License



Renewal of License


Special Provisions

Disciplinary Guidelines



History Notes for Current Board Rules and Regulations

History Notes for Repealed Board Rules and Regulations

Appendix Extracts from Laws Related to CSLB

California Constitution

Business and Professions Code

Civil Code

Code of Civil Procedure

Family Code

Government Code

Health and Safety Code

Insurance Code

Labor Code

Penal Code

Public Contract Code

Public Resources Code

Public Utilities Code

Revenue and Taxation Code

Unemployment Insurance Code

Vehicle Code

Water Code

Additional Resources