CSLB News: Another CSLB Crackdown Catches Four Unlicensed Contractors

Another week, another series of unlicensed contractors got caught doing unlicensed contracting work in California by the Contractors State License Board and their SWIFT contractor license enforcement team.

This time, the CSLB partnered with local authorities in Fresno to take down four unlicensed contractors who not only tried to take on contracting work without a valid license but also advertised their services to the public – which carries its own separate legal punishments.

In this case, these contractors will face criminal charges in Fresno County. While they are not in jail right now, jail time is a real possibility for these would-be unlicensed contractors. As always, we have to remind you to never take on unlicensed contracting work – the consequences always far outweigh the benefits of making a little money in the short term.

Here’s the CSLB’s official press release with more details.

CSLB Cracks Down on Unlicensed Contractors in Fresno County

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) joined forces with the Clovis Police Department and Fresno County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a successful undercover operation targeting unlicensed contractors in Fresno County.

The operation, conducted on February 28, resulted in two individuals receiving Notices to Appear in Criminal Court for allegedly engaging in contracting activities without the required license. Two other individuals will be referred to the Fresno County District Attorney for similar violations. These offenders now face legal consequences, including substantial fines and potential jail time.

During this sting operation, CSLB and law enforcement officials identified and cited individuals for submitting bids that exceeded the legal limit of $500. The bid amounts ranged from $750 to $4,200 for various contracting jobs at the property including concrete work and painting. Engaging in contracting work without a valid license is considered a misdemeanor offense in California, carrying substantial penalties that include fines up to $15,000 and potential six months jail time.

Unlicensed contractors cited in this operation may face additional charges for advertising their construction services without possessing the necessary license. According to California law, it is illegal for anyone to advertise construction or home improvement work without a valid license in the advertised classification. In instances where contracting services are advertised by unlicensed individuals, the advertisement must explicitly state their lack of licensure. Even with this disclosure, an unlicensed individual is limited to providing bids and performing work for projects valued at $500 or less, including materials and labor.

“CSLB remains committed to safeguarding homeowners from the perils associated with unlicensed contractors,” said David Fogt, CSLB Registrar. “We continually strive to educate consumers about the importance of hiring licensed contractors and strongly urge homeowners to take a few moments to verify a contractor’s license before proceeding with any construction project in California.”

During the operation, it was discovered that some of the individuals demanded excessive down payments before commencing work, including one individual requesting a $2,100 down payment for a $4,200 bid. Under California law, contractors can request no more than 10 percent of the project cost or $1,000, whichever is less. Violating this provision is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by fines of up to $5,000, a one-year county jail sentence, or both.

For further information or to report suspected unlicensed contractor activities, please visit the CSLB website at www.cslb.ca.gov or contact CSLB at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752). For ongoing information and updates from CSLB, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


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