Building a new edifice requires skill and careful planning. Even making upgrades or changes to an existing structure can compromise the building’s integrity or affect its historical value. Contractors who work on buildings in California must meet certain standards established by state law.
Among those standards is the obligation to obtain a license and to ensure the company when it does projects on people’s property. Your licensing is crucial to your success as a contractor. Unfortunately, other individuals can have a negative impact on your licensing.
The California Contractors State License Board allows people to bring complaints against you as a licensed contractor. Who might potentially bring a claim that impacts your license?
Subcontractors or employees
Some of the most damaging complaints may have to do with legal and regulatory compliance. You typically have an obligation to meet certain safety standards when working on buildings. You also have to provide workers with training and safety equipment when necessary.
After the work, your company has to pay subcontractors and employees for the work they did. Workers who allege that you violated their rights or that you failed to pay them could file a complaint against you that results in disciplinary review.
The person whose property you perform work on could also make a complaint against you. Perhaps they allege that you violated the terms of your contract. Maybe they claim that you engaged in deceptive advertising or simply provided very poor workmanship. Dissatisfied property owners can make claims against you that the licensing board might investigate.
Other businesses in the construction industry
Those that hire you, those that work with you and those that lose projects to you during a competitive bidding process could all potentially bring complaints against you. Anyone who alleges misconduct, fraud, building code violation or failure to exercise due diligence could all lead to complaints that could affect your licensing.
The good news is that while many different people can complain against your company, you still have the right to defend yourself. Evidence from the project, testimony from other workers or even an accurate version of your contract could all play a role in your license defense. Responding proactively to complaints that could affect your license will protect your professional future.