Owner-Builder Information

Designers & Consultants vs. Licensed Contractors

Owner-Builders many times hire unlicensed "designers" or "consultants" instead of licensed contractors to "save money" on their project. Owner-builders should be aware that many times these designers or consultants are either a contractor who has had his or her contractor's license suspended or revoked, is unqualified to be licensed, or doesn't meet the minimum requirements to get a contractor's license. 

The California State License Board recommends that unless the property owner is very experienced in construction, it is best to hire a legitimate, licensed expert. Please visit our Hiring a Contractor page for additional information regarding hiring licensed contractors.

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Contact the Building Division at 530-661-5820, with your questions.