The City of Beverly Hills holds all construction to a high standard in order to maintain the safety and well-being of our citizens and our built environment. Therefore, the City of Beverly Hills is required by law to verify all construction and contractors' licenses working throughout the city. The Division of Building and Safety is the enforcing agency for all commercial and residential construction.
In the State of California, it is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in labor and materials. Furthermore, unlicensed contractors do not have insurance and are not bonded. The Contractors' State License Board (CSLB) provides tools which can be used to verify license status and pending complaints, if any.
|Verify a License|
|There are 3 ways to verify a contractor’s license status through CSLB:
|Report Unlicensed Activity|
If you know that a contractor is doing unlicensed activity, you should report them to the City of Beverly Hills, and CSLB by visiting http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/Report_Unlicensed_Activity/.
|File a Contractor State License Complaint|
Sometimes problems can arise throughout the construction process. Whether your contractor fails to fulfill a contract agreement, or poor craftsmanship leads to financial hardship, there is a way to hold contractors accountable for their work. One of the ways to do this is to file a complaint with the CSLB. Complaints can be filed against both licensed and non-licensed contractors alike. Just visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/Filing_A_Complaint/ in order to learn more about the complaint process and file a complaint online.
|There are many different types of contracting licenses; these include General Engineering Contractor (Class A), General Building Contractor (Class B), and a number of Specialty Contractor licenses (Class C), such as Electrical Contractor, or Drywall Contractor. For a full list and description of these classifications, please visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/About_Us/Library/Licensing_Classifications/|
|Some property owners would prefer not to hire a contractor to oversee construction on their property, and would rather do the work themselves or hire subcontractors. If you are one of these people, you are considered an Owner-Builder. However, there are many important responsibilities and risks every owner-builder should know about before making the decision to not hire a licensed general contractor.|
What is an owner-builder?
An owner-builder is the person who owns the property and acts as their own general contractor on the job. They either do the work themselves or have employees (or licensed subcontractors) working on the project. An owner-builder is also a property owner who does not hire a licensed contractor.
What are the responsibilities of being an owner-builder?
When you sign a building permit application as an owner-builder, you assume full responsibility for all phases of your project and its integrity. You may be considered an employer if you hire unlicensed contractors to do the work. This may make you responsible for:
Some other general responsibilities include:
What are the risks of being an owner-builder?
Because you may be considered an employer by hiring unlicensed subcontractors or laborers to do the work, there are a number of risks involved. These can range from financial risks to liability risks, both of which may outweigh the financial advantage of being an owner-builder versus hiring a licensed general contractor who is experienced in dealing with these issues.
Some risks you should consider:
Are there any restrictions to being an owner-builder?
Yes. There are different restrictions for different types of projects.
For home improvements:
For construction of new single family residences:
What do I do once I have decided to be an owner-builder?
Once you have decided you want to take on the responsibilities of being an owner-builder the Community Development Department requires two documents to completed for each permit obtained as owner-builder.
Need more research? Here are a few good places to start:
Web Page Updated: Wednesday, January 31, 2018