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Consumers

Learn how to select a licensed, qualified contractor; check the status of a contractor license; negotiate a clear contract; prevent disputes and mechanics liens; and resolve contractor disputes.

Hire a Licensed Contractor

Best practices for hiring a contractor, owner-builder guidelines, contracting laws and regulations, swimming pool construction, arbitration, and other important topics

Want to Go Solar?

Important information if you’re considering installing a residential solar energy system, so you can be “Solar Smart.”

Thinking About Installing a New HVAC System?

Installing a new heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is a major home improvement project.

Know the Risks of Being an Owner-Builder

Guidelines and construction laws for the owner-builder

Filing a Construction Complaint

Important complaint process information and instructions

Legal Issues for Consumers

Mechanics liens, small claims court, civil judgments, new and pending legislation

Disaster Help Center

Rebuilding after a disaster and how to avoid fraud

Report Unlicensed Activity or Illegal Advertising

Instructions for reporting an unlicensed contractor who is advertising illegally to CSLB's Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT)

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