General Building Contractor License

The General Contractor License is one of the most sought-after licenses in the United States and specifically the state of California.  That’s because it is one of the most versatile licenses.  Anyone licensed with this B trade license can take almost any kind of job out there by hiring a subcontractor or working the project themselves.  Unlike a specialty license contractor that must stick to doing work that pertains only to its trade, the general contractor can take projects with multiple trades.  This opens the door to all kinds of construction possibilities and a larger pool of opportunities than any other trade.  Here is a list of the things a general contractor can do as specified by the state:

Business & Professions Code

Division 3, Chapter 9. Contractors, Article 4. Classifications

  1. (a) Except as provided in this section, a general building contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built, for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind, requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.

This does not include anyone who merely furnishes materials or supplies under Section 7045 without fabricating them into, or consuming them in the performance of the work of the general building contractor.

(b) A general building contractor may take a prime contract or a subcontract for a framing or carpentry project. However, a general building contractor shall not take a prime contract for any project involving trades other than framing or carpentry unless the prime contract requires at least two unrelated building trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed specialty contractor to perform the work. A general building contractor shall not take a subcontract involving trades other than framing or carpentry, unless the subcontract requires at least two unrelated trades or crafts other than framing or carpentry, or unless the general building contractor holds the appropriate license classification. The general building contractor may not count framing or carpentry in calculating the two unrelated trades necessary in order for the general building contractor to be able to take a prime contract or subcontract for a project involving other trades.

(c) No general building contractor shall contract for any project that includes the “C-16” Fire Protection classification as provided for in Section 7026.12 or the “C-57” Well Drilling classification as provided for in Section 13750.5 of the Water Code, unless the general building contractor holds the specialty license or subcontracts with the appropriately licensed specialty contractor.

 

So that’s it!  Now, in order to get your contractor license in this trade, you will first need 4 years of journeyman level experience.  A journeyman is one who can do the work without a supervisor from start to finish.  Generally, you prove your experience through W-2’s that you received from your employer.  If you have been self-employed, that’s okay, you will simply need someone to sign off for you basically stating that they know you have been doing this kind of work on your own for at least 4 years.  Although it does not have to be a licensed contractor that is usually the most desired scenario.  Got more questions?  You can reach out to us by going to our CONTACT page.  Are you excited to get started and you just want to start now?  You can start by going to our page called, ENROLL.  We look forward to serving you.  Our passion is your success!

Contractor Licensing Classifications

(A) General Engineering Contractor
(B) General Building Contractor
(C) Specialty Contractor

C-61 Specialty License Includes the following: