What is an Owner-Builder?

An Owner-Builder is a property owner who acts as his or her own general contractor for a home remodeling project and obtains his or her own building permit. Typically property owners obtain owner-builder permits when they are providing all or a portion of their own labor and/or materials personally. An owner-builder assumes responsibility for the overall job which may include, but is not limited to, taxes, insurance, and other legal liabilities.

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1. What is an Owner-Builder?
2. How do I check if an architect, engineer, or contractor has an active and valid license through the State of California?
3. Where do I file a construction complaint?
4. What are some of the Owner-builders responsibilities?