Resources

Asbestos: A Contractors’ Guide and Open Book Examination
All new applicants for a license must complete the asbestos open book examination if it has not been done previously.

The examination and verification form must be completed and submitted to CSLB prior to licensure. If the form is not submitted, CSLB cannot issue a license. (Business and Professions Code section 7058.5)

The open book examination does not certify a contractor to engage in asbestos-related work. The purpose of the guide and the examination is to make contractors aware of the risks of dealing with asbestos and to provide the knowledge base necessary to respond appropriately to construction situations where asbestos is or may be present.

Building Your Career as a Licensed Contractor 
Important basics in obtaining a contractor license

A Guide to Contractor License Bonds (Bond Amount now $15,000) 
Please note: the required amount of a contractor’s bond has increased from $12,500 to $15,000.

This change is the result of Senate Bill 467 (Hill). This increase also applies to cash deposits filed with CSLB in lieu of a contractor’s bond. A contractor’s bond or cash deposit must be in the required amount of $15,000. The bond of qualifying individual will remain at $12,500.

Description of Classifications
Description of all CSLB classifications

Advertising Guidelines for Contractors
Tips and guidelines for contractor advertising

Contracting for Success

Guide to Home Improvement Contracts
Detailed information for contractors about the requirements of home improvement contracts

Becoming an Industry Expert
Information on how to become a CSLB Industry Expert

What is a Stop Order?
What contractors and consumers should know about stop orders

California Contractors License Law & Reference Book – 2017 Edition
The California Contractors License Law & Reference Book (2017 Edition) is available for purchase or to view online.

The 2017 law book can be purchased directly from LexisNexis. The cost of the book is $30.50 plus $10.44 shipping and handling. The latest edition of the law book can be ordered by calling (800) 533-1637