Building Your Project

Overview

Building Your Project

Thinking of beginning a construction project for your home or property?

The following sections provide helpful information regarding hiring contractors or acting as an owner-builder.

Thinking of beginning a construction project for your home or property?

The following sections provide helpful information regarding hiring contractors or acting as an owner-builder.

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Hiring a Contractor

Are contractors required to be licensed, bonded, and carry worker’s compensation insurance?

Anyone who contracts for or bids on a construction project valued at $500.00 or more (total labor and materials) must be licensed by the State of California Contractor’s State License Board. Contractors are required by law to be bonded by the State of California and to have a business license from the city or county in which they are performing work. They are also required by law to provide workers’ compensation if they employ or otherwise engage any person to work. 

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Owner-Builder Information

What is an Owner-Builder?

An Owner-Builder is a property owner who acts as his or her own general contractor for a home remodeling project and obtains his or her own building permit. Typically property owners obtain owner-builder permits when they are providing all or a portion of their own labor and/or materials personally. An owner-builder assumes responsibility for the overall job which may include, but is not limited to, taxes, insurance, and other legal liabilities.