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For Consumers...

Ten Tips for Making Sure Your Contractor Measures Up

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Checklist for Prescreening Contractors

( PDF )

Mandatory Arbitration Program Guide

Describes the mandatory arbitration program provided by CSLB for complaints about damages of $12,500 or less
( PDF )

Voluntary Arbitration Program Guide

Describes the voluntary arbitration program provided by CSLB for complaints about damages between $12,500 and $50,000
( PDF )

A Consumer Guide to Asbestos

What consumers need to know about asbestos removal
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What Seniors Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Provides information for seniors on hiring and doing business with contractors
( PDF | Order | other PDFs: Spanish )

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Contractor

Provides information on hiring and doing business with contractors
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A Consumer Guide to Filing Construction Complaints

Describes how to file complaints against contractors with CSLB
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A Consumer Guide to Home Improvement Contracts - Terms of Agreement

Information for homeowners about the requirements of home improvement contracts
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After A Disaster Don't Get Scammed

Tips on protecting yourself after a disaster
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Choosing the Right Landscaper

Information about selecting a landscaper
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A Homeowner's Guide to Preventing Mechanic's Liens

Describes what a homeowner needs to know to prevent a lien against his/her property
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Conditional and Unconditional Waiver and Release Forms
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Owner-Builders Beware!

Your responsibilities as an owner-builder
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Tips for Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Information about roof maintenance and hiring and working with roofing contractors
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Consumer Guide to Filing a Small Claims Court Construction Claim

Basic information about filling a small claims court construction claim
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The Small Claims Court - A Guide to its Practical Use

Department of Consumer Affairs Publication describes procedures used in most small claims courts, as well as answers to frequently asked questions
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Before You Dive Into Swimming Pool Construction...

Basic steps for hiring and working with swimming pool contractors
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What is a Stop Order?

What consumers and contractors should know about stop orders
( PDF )

Traveling Contractor Scams Tip Sheet

How to protect yourself from transient criminals' door-to-door scams
( PDF )

Building a Rewarding Career Protecting California Consumers

Learn about the variety of CSLB job opportunities
( PDF )

For Contractors...

Advertising Guidelines for Contractors

Tips and guidelines for contractor advertising
( PDF )

Asbestos: A Contractors' Guide and Open Book Examination

All new applicants for a license must complete the asbestos open book examination if it has not been done previously. The examination and verification form must be completed and submitted to CSLB prior to licensure. If the form is not submitted, CSLB cannot issue a license. (Business and Professions Code section 7058.5

The open book examination does not certify a contractor to engage in asbestos-related work. The purpose of the guide and the examination is to make contractors aware of the risks of dealing with asbestos and to provide the knowledge base necessary to respond appropriately to construction situations where asbestos is or may be present.
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A Guide to Contractor License Bonds

Please note: Effective January 1, 2016, the required amount of a contractor’s bond will increase from $12,500 to $15,000. This change is the result of Senate Bill 467 (Hill). This increase also applies to cash deposits filed with CSLB in lieu of a contractor’s bond.

A contractor’s bond or cash deposit received at CSLB on or after January 1, 2016 must be in the required amount of $15,000. Any contractor’s bond or cash deposit received after December 31, 2015 in the amount of $12,500 cannot be processed.

The bond of qualifying individual will remain at $12,500.

Basic information about surety bonds
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Building Your Career as a Licensed Contractor

Important basics about obtaining a contractor license
( PDF | Order | other PDFs: Spanish )

Description of Classifications

Description of all CSLB classifications
( PDF | other PDFs: Spanish )

Contracting for Success - Guide to Home Improvement Contracts

Detailed information for contractors about the requirements of home improvement contracts
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Becoming an Industry Expert

Information on how to become a CSLB Industry Expert
( PDF)

Study Guides for Licensing Exams

Study guides describe general content of exams, sample questions, and resources for study
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What is a Stop Order?

What contractors and consumers should know about stop orders
( PDF )

California Contractors License Law & Reference Book - 2016 Edition

The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book (2016 Edition) is available for purchase or to view online.

The 2016 law book can only be purchased directly from LexisNexis. The cost of the book is $30.50 plus $10.44 shipping and handling.

Please select one of the following ways to order your law book. Be sure to ask for "California Contractors" (ISBN: 978-1-632-81902-4).

The latest edition of the law book can be ordered either online or by calling toll-free (800) 533-1637. Refer to "California Contractors" (ISBN: 978-1-5221-0429-2).

The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book is not sold at any Contractors State License Board office.

For Building Departments...

Building Official Information Guide

Helpful information about license classifications and filing complaints
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Department of Consumer Affairs Legal Guides

(K-10) Contracting with a Contractor: The Homeowner's Right to Cancel

Helpful information for consumers who want to cancel contract with contractors to improve, remodel or repair their homes.
( PDF )

 
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