Spring 2013      |      Stephen P. Sands, Registrar      |      Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor


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Remember Building Permits to Avoid License Penalties


As you know, failure to pull building permits for your construction projects can result in disciplinary action by CSLB, including suspension or revocation of your license (Business & Professions Code section 7090). Pulling permits is especially important for C-20 Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) contractors whose work also must meet Home Energy Rating System (HERS) tests and verification requirements to comply with state Building Energy Efficiency standards.

CSLB has reminded HVAC contractors about permitting requirements through direct mail letters and news article reminders. Yet, CSLB investigators still are finding that many HVAC installations are being performed without permits or the accompanying inspections or testing to ensure the entire heating/cooling system is safe and working to capacity.

Because of this, CSLB now is working with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to ensure compliance through enhanced enforcement efforts to assure contractors are following state contracting laws and for public protection. HVAC contractors may be targeted during undercover stings or other enforcement operations. Always ask your local building department about any unique building permit requirements in your area.

You can download educational resources, including a Standards Tool Kit, from the CEC: www.energy.ca.gov/title24/toolkit/.

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