How to Verify California Foundation Repair Licensure (5 Steps)

For any and every construction project, it is imperative to ensure your contractor is appropriately licensed, bonded, and insured – but particularly when it comes to foundation repair.

Your foundation is the heart and soul of your home – any damage or failure puts your home in jeopardy.  

California requires every contractor performing northward of $500, including labor and material, to be licensed through the CSLB: Contractors State License Board.  

Our Ron Swanson readership might see this as government overreach and oversight (we’re not saying you’re wrong), but this process does provide legal protection for your home.

This article is going to show you:

  •   What Licensure to look for  
  •   How to verify foundation repair licenses 

Licensure tips and tricks –

  •   Request to examine the contractor’s Pocket License and/or Home Improvement Sales Registration. The CSLB issues pocket licenses to demonstrate trade typelicense classifications, and corresponding expiration dates.    
  • Contractors can request either a deposit of 10% of the total cost of the job or $1000 (whichever is cheaper) – but not ask for more as a security retainer unless the contractor can provide proof of bonds, in addition to prerequisite licensure.   
  • To learn more information regarding a contractor’s license historybond status, and previous legal history, call the analogous Region Office’s Legal Action Discloser numbers:

Northern Region: (916) 225-4041

Southern Region: (562) 345-7656  

What Licenses to Look for in Foundation Repair

Licensure dictates operation. Specific licensure is required to perform specific tasks. For example, if a contractor does not have a C-8 Concrete license, then they cannot perform Concrete R&R work.

Before the foundation repair work begins on your home, you will want to ensure your foundation repair contractor has the appropriate licenses to perform the job legally.

Here at Dalinghaus Construction, our licensure information is as follows:

Lic # 983851

  • A – GENERAL ENGINEERING CONTRACTOR
  • B – GENERAL BUILDING CONTRACTOR
  • C-61/ D30 – PILE DRIVING/PRESSURE FOUNDATION JACKING
  • C-8 – CONCRETE

The two most important licenses when it comes to foundation repair are the A-General Engineering Contractors License and a C-61/D30 License (which specifically allows pile driving and foundation jacking).   

If your foundation repair contractor does not have the above licensure, they are not qualified or legally allowed to install steel pier systems or utilize pressure foundation jacking.

The C-61/D30 License allows us to perform foundation repair with:   

So, now that you know what licenses to look for, where do you look?

How to verify foundation repair licenses on Contractors State License Board

Step 1 –

Visit the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board website .

Step 2 – 

Click on Consumers.

Step 3 –

Click on License Check under For Consumers.  

Step 4 –

Type in Contractor License # or choose the other options of:

  •   Business Name
  •   Personal Name
  •   HIS Number
  •   HIS Name

Step 5 –

Scroll down and verify

  •   Business Information
  •   License Status
  •   Classifications
  •   Bonding Information
  •   Workers Compensation

The Business Information helps you verify the address, the phone number, the type of entity, and the expiration date of their licensure.

License Status should read current and active.

Classifications list the types of licensure the contractor has – these can be clicked on for further verification.

Bonding lists the bond organization and the bond amount should the consumer need to sue for damages.   

Worker’s Compensation

This covers any on-the-job injuries so that the homeowner is not held liable.

Remember Kids

If a contractor does not have an A-General Engineering Contractors License and a C-61/D30 License, don’t let them even look at your foundation. 

No matter how much candy they offer you, don’t get in the van.

For an article on pushy salesmen and elder abuse, check out our article: Elder Abuse and Foundation Repair (Fiscal Coercion & Pushy Salesmen)   

If you live in Southern California or Central Arizona and would like a FREE foundation inspection, click the link below – 

WRITTEN BY

Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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