Disaster Help Center


Contractors Board Warns Consumers About Unlicensed Contractors After Disasters

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.

CSLB DIsaster Hotline is 800-962-1125


"After a Disaster Don't Get Scammed" - English


"¡Después de un Desastre No Permita que lo estafen!" - Español


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Board Reminds Contractors They Must Hold A License To Work In Natural Disaster Areas

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.

FAQs About Price Gouging in California

Dig Safe’s Excavation Safety Guidelines for Wildfire Cleanup

Alert symbolBoard 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

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