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)