Hire a Licensed Contractor

The sections listed below will help you select the right licensed contractor for your home improvement needs.  The Resources on the right give you more information on the risks you might face along the way.  You can also download or order CSLB publications and videos and connect with other agencies that may be of assistance to you.

Check a License or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) Registration
Look-up a Licensed Contractor or a Salesperson’s Registration to verify information and find out about any complaints disclosed.

What kind of contractor do I need?
This step helps you get started determining what type of contractor you need, and making sure they are qualified and properly licensed.

How do I find the right licensed contractor?
This step highlights some of the different things you can do to help you find the right licensed contractor.

What should I look for in contract and binding agreements?
This step helps you understand contract and binding agreements with your contractor.

Do I need a building permit for my project?
This step guides you to your local building department.  There are numerous building departments in California.

Swimming Pool Construction
This section briefly describes how to hire a swimming pool contractor, how to manage the project and other issues that may surface before during and after construction.

Learn About Home Improvement Contracts
It explains what is required in a contract and what you as a consumer should look for before signing any kind of legal paperwork with a contractor.

What Seniors Should Know
This section provides information to protect Seniors when hiring contractors.

Source:  CSLB (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/)