San Francisco, CA

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Contractor licensing in San Francisco is regulated by the California Contractors State License Board. There are 8,787 licensed contractors based in San Francisco and many more licensed contractors in the metropolitan area who are available to work in San Francisco. On average, a contractor in San Francisco has received a 3.9 out of 5 rating from clients. We’ve analyzed and ranked each for your convenience - you can browse the top-rated using the links below.

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8,787
contractors in San Francisco
623K
projects in San Francisco
$8.5K
avg. project value
San Francisco, CA - By the numbers
13%
permit activity
since last year
1%
permit activity
vs 10-year average
Remodeling and construction in San Francisco is regulated by the Department of Building Inspection of San Francisco CA. According to them, there were 56,904 permitted improvements completed in San Francisco in 2014, which represents a decrease of 13% over the previous year and 1% increase over the 10-year average for the city.
BEFORE YOU HIRE
Here are some of the rules, regulations, and laws governing contractors in California

When do you need to hire a licensed contractor in California?

In California, any remodeling or construction project that exceeds $500 (labor and materials), requires a contractor to have an active license with the California Contractor State License Board (CSLB).

How important is contractor licensing in California?

The CSLB is one of the highest rated licensing boards in the US. Applicants are required to pass a written board exam and prove at least four years of prior, relevant work experience. In addition, the CSLB requires all license holders to maintain at least $2,500 in operating capital and provides you with a range of other consumer protections.

Your liability risk when hiring a licensed contractor in California

Contractors in California are required to carry workers' compensation insurance if they have employees and proof of liability insurance with the cumulative limit of $1 million for licensees with five or fewer persons, and an additional 100,000 for each additional member over five, not to exceed $5 million total.

Financial recourse when hiring a contractor in California

All licensed contractors in California are required to maintain a bond, which provides you with financial recourse in case they perform defective work or violate license regulations. If you feel as though you have been taken advantage of, you should leave feedback on the BuildZoom's contractor profile and file a complaint with the CSLB.

What else should I know before hiring a contractor in California?

California contractors are required to submit their fingerprints to the board, which are then checked against criminal records held by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to obtaining a valid contracting license.

How is the BuildZoom score calculated?

The BuildZoom score is based on a number of factors including the contractor's license status, insurance status, verified work history, standing with local consumer interest groups, verified reviews from other BuildZoom users and self-reported feedback from the contractor.

Why you should hire through BuildZoom

When it comes to major construction work or even minor alterations to your home, hiring the wrong contractor could result in incomplete or defective work. You may even find yourself dealing with huge liability claims. BuildZoom does the homework for you and helps you hire the right contractor.

You should get several bids before hiring a contractor

The California State License Board recommends getting at least three written bids before hiring a contractor. Do not automatically accept the lowest bid - an abnormally low bid may indicate the contractor made a mistake and is not including the same work quoted by their competitors. We've made the bid collection process extremely simple (and free). Just click here to get started.