Lake County Environmental Health
922 Bevins Court, Lakeport, CA 95453
Unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors often prey on victims of natural disasters. It is a felony to contract without a license in a declared disaster area. Consumers can protect themselves by using CSLB's resources to check a contractor's license status and history. Below you will find links to a number of resources to help with this.
The County of Lake are not approving or recommending specific contractors for fire-related recovery efforts. Licensed contractors are registered with the State Licensing Board, and members of the public can find details about these contractors at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/ or by calling 800-321-2752. Contractors who are not yet listed on the Licensing Board’s website can contact the Board to be added.
As a result of increased demand for construction services, many unlicensed contractors seek out work. Please check with the Contractor’s State Licensing Board website to make sure that the contractor you hire is licensed, insured and bonded at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/ and that they have the appropriate specialty license if required. Contracting without a license is a crime and enhanced penalties are provided for contracting without a license during a state of emergency. Reports of unlicensed contractors can also be made on the website.
Additionally, some contractors may take on more work that they are able to perform or try to extract a greater deposit than the $1,000 deposit they are authorized by law to require before work commences. Reports of any problems with licensed contractors should also be reported to the State Contractors Board.