On June 20th, 2023

CSLB Sting Targets Unlicensed Contractors in Rancho Cordova

“It is necessary for CSLB to identify and cite those individuals who are unlicensed and doing the work of contractors because they pose a risk to consumers, typically don’t carry the necessary insurance, haven’t passed state issued tests and background checks, and work against licensed contractors who follow state rules and regulations.” – CSLEA President Alan Barceona

RANCHO CORDOVA - On June 7 and 8, 2023, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) partnered with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office to conduct an undercover sting operation in Rancho Cordova targeting unlicensed contractors.

During the operation, CSLB cited 10 individuals for allegedly conducting contracting activities without the required license. These offenders have been issued Notices to Appear in criminal court, where they could face legal consequences, including fines up to $15,000 and/or jail time. Engaging in contracting work without a contractor’s license is a misdemeanor offense in California.

The individuals targeted during this operation submitted bids ranging from $1,500 for bathroom improvements to more than $10,000 for concrete work. A California contractor’s license is required to bid or contract for construction work exceeding $500 in value, including materials and labor.

Unlicensed contractors apprehended in this operation may also face additional charges for advertising their construction services without the necessary license. It is illegal under California law for anyone to advertise construction or home improvement work without a valid license in the advertised classification. If unlicensed individuals advertise contracting services, they must explicitly disclose their lack of licensure and cannot bid or contract for work valued at more than $500.

During the operation, it was discovered that some individuals demanded excessive down payments before commencing work. California law strictly limits contractors to requesting no more than 10% of the project cost or $1,000, whichever is less. Violating this provision constitutes a misdemeanor offense, punishable by substantial fines of up to $5,000 or a potential one-year county jail sentence, or both.

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