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Construction Managers Who Maintain Oversight of a Home Improvement Project Must Now Have a Contractor’s License

by Ryan M. Dietz
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP - San Diego Office

August 7, 2013

Previously published on August 2013

A statutory amendment that became effective January 1, 2013, will require construction managers and consultants on home improvement projects to possess a contractor’s license, even if not performing any work or submitting a bid to perform any work. Before the amendment section 7026.1 of the Business and Professions Code defined “contractor” (for purposes of the licensing requirement) to include a “consultant to an owner-builder . . . who undertakes, offers to undertake, or submits a bid to construct any building or home improvement project, or part thereof.” The amendment to section 7026.1 expands the definition of “consultant” (thereby expanding the definition of “contractor”) to include, with respect to a home improvement project, a person who provides or oversees a bid for a construction project or who “[a]rranges for and sets up work schedules for contractors and subcontractors and maintains oversight of a construction project.” (Bus. & Prof. Code § 7026.1(b)(2)(A), (B).)


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