The Wolfe Law Group, LLC (WLG), has two attorneys (Scott G. Wolfe, Jr., and Seth J. Smiley) that are barred in the state of California. As a California attorney, I want to share some of the excellent resources available to contractors through the licensing board.
California has over 300,000 licensed contractors, all of which had to be licensed through the state licensing board. Many contractors do not know all the resources which this arm of the Department of Consumer Affairs makes available to contractors and the public. Some of the more popular features include:
For the consumer there are tutorials on hiring a licensed contractor, knowing the risks of being an owner/builder, filing complaints, legal issues for construction consumers. California CSLB is also very proud of its SWIFT program. SWIFT stands for Statewide Investigative Fraud Team, where the government performs sting operations to catch unlicensed contractors. This team plays the double roll of protecting the consumers from unlicensed contractors, but it also protects those contractors who are playing by the rules from having business stolen from them by their unlicensed counterparts.
For contractors there are links to leading industry bulletins, the very helpful “Contractors Guide to Licensing” which after taking a look is very informative for all contractors, big or small, in educating them on the licensing process. There are also other links regarding out-of-state contractors obtaining reciprocity.
The hearty list of online services offered by CSLB includes, checking on a license, filing a complaint, the full database of all licensed contractors, processing times, searches for surety bond companies and workers comp insurance companies.
I found that the email alerts are very helpful on keeping up with current events and breaking news. Much of the news thus far has been updates on unlicensed contractors who have been caught by the SWIFT program.
As always seek the advice of legal counsel when contemplating licensing, contracting, and negotiating. The California Contractors State Licensing Board has a very top notch site dedicated to aid both the consumer and its professional contractors. This resource should not be overlooked when deciding to get your license or maintaining it. The attorneys at Wolfe Law Group, LLC are experienced in all areas of construction law including contractor licensing.