Unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors often prey on victims of natural disasters. It is a felony to contract without a license in a declared disaster area. Consumers can protect themselves by using CSLB's resources to check a contractor's license status and history.
"After a Disaster Don't Get Scammed" - English
Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster Video
CSLB reminds contractors that they must hold a valid California contractor's license, in the appropriate classification, in order to perform most work on homes and other structures damaged or destroyed in natural disasters.
Board Assistance Available for Licensed Contractors Who are Also Disaster Victims
Here are direct links to forms you might need as you move forward with your contracting business after a disaster.
Please warn disaster victims that unlicensed or unscrupulous contractors may try to scam them.Contractors State License Board Urges Wildfire Victims to Only Hire Licensed Contractors for Repairs or Rebuilding
Download “Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster” Podcast
Download Disaster Tips Video (TRT 7:30)