UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR CALIFORNIA PENALTY LAWS - IT IS ILLEGAL TO OPERATE AS AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR. Let’s just say it again: It is ILLEGAL to both operate as an unlicensed contractor and to hire an unlicensed contractor. Both sides of the equation can be held liable in certain situations. UNLICENSED
By now you should be aware that it is illegal to operate as an unlicensed contractor in the state of California. Contracting jobs which have a cost of over $500 in materials and labor require the contractor to be licensed.
Business and Professions Code section 7028 – contracting without a license. The penalty for operating without a license on a first offense is up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000, plus the potential for additional administrative fines and penalties. Business and Professions Code section 7027.1 – illegal advertising. This penalizes any unlicensed contractor who posts advertising and does not state in the ad that they are unlicensed. Unlicensed contractors are allowed to advertise for jobs under $500, but still must state that they are unlicensed, otherwise, if caught, they may face a fine from $700 to $1,000.
ADDITIONALLY - if a worker gets hurt on your property/project they can sue the homeowner. You need to insist on workers compensation insurance to protect your home and family!
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