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CSLB Warns Contractors on Public Works Projects: Miss Year-End DIR Registration Deadline, Pay Big Penalty

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is urging all licensees who work on public works projects to make sure their registration with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is current before the end of the year. Public works contractors who did not renew their DIR registration before July 1, 2015, yet have bid or worked on projects, must register before January 1, 2016 or pay a $2,000 lapsed registration fee.

Senate Bill (SB) 854 required all contractors, beginning last March, to register with DIR to bid on public works projects. The required annual registration fee of $300 is good for each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). DIR registration requires that all contractors be in good legal standing, which includes having a current license in good standing with CSLB.

Licensees who registered with DIR after July 1, 2015 do not need to renew at this time. Their DIR registration is valid until June 30, 2016. Also, those licensed contractors who did not renew their DIR registration by July 1, 2015, but did not bid or work on public works projects after that time, can pay the regular $300 registration fee without penalty until December 31, 2015.

DIR maintains a listing of registered contractors and subcontractors on its website to assist awarding bodies who must confirm this registration before considering a bid or awarding a contract, and for contractors who must confirm that their bid team members are registered.

Contractors who are unsure of their registration status can check DIR’s active contractor registration search tool. Detailed registration information and instructions are available on DIR’s website.


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