What Licenses and Permits Do You Need to Work with a General Contractor?

Are you looking to work with a general contractor in California? If so, you need to be aware of the legal requirements for contractors, subcontractors, and specialized contractors engaged in home improvements. It is mandatory for these professionals to have a general contractor license or other type of contractor license before submitting an offer. Generally, there are no restrictions on the size, height, or type of terrace that a landscape contractor can hire or apply for permits. However, certain structural work may be prevented and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Depending on the type of work you do, you may need more than one of these licenses, which can be obtained from local, state, and federal governments. This is limited to working in homes that are no more than two stories high. According to Code B&P §7057 (full text below), general building contractors cannot perform this work unless they meet the requirements to obtain these classifications and add them to their license, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts a specialized contractor with the appropriate license to perform the work.