Laws About Remodeling and Construction in California


In California, almost every year, the laws on construction and remodeling are being reviewed with a view to maintaining the balance between the contractors and the consumers in California. The laws stated here do not include bills affecting contractors in the other roles they play outside construction. All issues concerning the construction industry in California passes through California State License Board which are responsible for the licensing of eligible contractors in California.

  • Bidding and Prequalification (AB 1424 Levine D): this law mandates the BEST VALUE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING PILOT PROGRAM of the University of California to give contracts on the basis of procedures on values.
  • Bonds, Liens and Payments (AB 1223 Caballero D): this law stipulates that the major contractor to release funds within seven days of receiving a progress payment to the subcontractor. Should the major contractor fail to make such payment, the law gives room for several ways the subcontractor may apply to receive payment.
  • Clean Air Building (AB 262 Bonta D): this law gives power to the Department of General services to release and publish the manual contracting on maximum global warming limits using the greenhouse emissions as a measurement tool.
  • Procurement and Finance (AB 618 Low D): the law allows colleges in the k-12 school districts to be able to bid for contracts on smaller projects by using the job order contracting platform. The K-12 and community colleges will have to sign an agreement on project labor designed to cover both projects constructed over a dollar threshold by the district and the job order contracts too.
  • Design Build (SB  793 Hill D): the law allows districts with a medical centre to be able to use the contracting method on design build which was not so in the past as it was limited to counties with projects that cost up to $1 million dollars.
  • CSLB (AB 1070 Gonzalez Fletcher D): This law gives the consumer the right to be better informed on the accurate costing of the solar energy produced and giving a method which is used to calculate the savings of energy generated by the solar energy systems. It also gives the consumer 3 days to make a decision on the sale. This law comes after CSLB receiving multiple reports in 2015 and 2016 on companies deceiving the consumers that they are to pay only for the energy they consume and not the energy produced even though it is stated in the law that they are to pay also for the amount of solar energy produced.

On remodeling, the law gives room for the “Home Improvement Contract” as contained in section 7159 of the California Business and Profession Code. Home improvement typically refers to jobs or projects nit originally included in your building plan and are changes to your house. The contract price shall exceed $500 in all cases. This applies not only to changes in the home but to accessories of the home including garage e.t.c.

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