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California- SB 610 (Contractor Licensing)  

Issue: Licensing Requirements  

Affects:  Licensing applicants and C-10 contractors

Send comments to: Jennifer Hatfield, jhatfield@phta.org  

Summary:  This bill amends the Building and Professional Code relating to contractors.  This bill will require the Contractors’ State Licensing Board to conduct a study and report to the legislature regarding whether or not the current amount of the contractors’ bond requirement is sufficient.  The law requires an applicant to file or have on file a contractors’ bond of $15,000. 

This bill also requires the board  to charge C-10 contractors a $20 fee to be used by the board to enforce provisions of the Labor Code related to electrician certification.  A C-10 contractor is defined as an electrical contractor who places, installs, erects or connects any electrical wires, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduits, solar photovoltaic cells or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any purpose.

Existing law requires, as a condition precedent to the board accepting an application for licensure, renewal, reinstatement, or to change officers or other personnel of record, that an applicant, previously found to have failed or refused to pay a contractor, subcontractor, consumer, materials supplier, or employee based on an unsatisfied final judgment, file or have on file with the board a bond sufficient to guarantee payment of an amount equal to the unsatisfied final judgment or judgments. Under existing law, if a judgment is entered against a licensee, then a qualifying person or personnel of record is prohibited from serving as a qualifying individual or other personnel of record on any license until the judgment is satisfied.

This bill would extend that prohibition to when a judgment is entered against any personnel of record.

Under existing law, the Contractor’s State Licensing Board is responsible for the licensure and regulation of contractors and the board is required to appoint a registrar of contractors. Existing law repeals these provisions establishing the board and requiring it to appoint a registrar on January 1, 2020. This bill would extend the operation of these provisions to January 1, 2024.

Status: This bill passed the Senate on 5/21/19 and has now been referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

Bill (6/25/19 version): http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB610