Not every US state calls for its commercial painters to obtain a license. However, all commercial painters in Pleasanton and the rest of California are required to have a license. That’s the first thing you should be aware of when hiring a commercial painting contractor.
All contractors and builders should be licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) to work or to do business in California. Licensing is important because it will allow commercial painters to do work or operate their businesses in California legally and ethically.
First, a painter should have the qualifications to apply for a basic contractor’s license. They must be at least 18 years old and have the sufficient experience and skills necessary to work as a professional commercial painter. They should also have a valid social security number, as well.
Generally, individuals must be licensed by the CSLB if they have the intention to contract for a construction work for any job that has a total cost of $500 and up (this includes cost of materials and labor).
Cost is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to applying for a contractor’s license. The cost of applying for a basic contractor’s license has substantially changed over the years. Painting contractors in California understand the license is needed, and that it needs to be renewed to do business in the state.
Painters can also apply in person at any CSLB office, call CSLB’s 24-hour automated information line, or apply in writing.
It is also suggested that painters be fingerprinted, go through a criminal background check, and take the required law and trade examinations. However, some may be able to waive the examinations if they meet specific criteria. Guidelines for becoming eligible for an examination waiver are on CSLB’s website. Painters also must submit a copy of a license bond or a proof of a worker’s compensation and pay some additional fees. Finally, they are issued with an ID card with their official license number.
If you would like to learn more about what the requirements are for becoming a licensed painter in the state of California, download a PDF copy of a guide entitled “Blueprint for Becoming a California Licensed Contractor” or go to CSLB’s website (https://www.cslb.ca.gov/) for more information.
It’s always recommended for clients to hire only licensed commercial painters in Pleasanton (and the rest of California) because it means that the painting contractors abide by the rules and regulations. When the painters are licensed, they are also insured, and that gives clients a peace of mind. Proof of license is also a good indication that the commercial painters have not committed any criminal offense, violated local or state laws, or done anything which have made them ineligible from obtaining a proper license.