B2 - Residential Remodeling
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B-2 Residential Remodeling
Description

A residential remodeling contractor license is for a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any project to make improvements to, on, or in an existing residential wood frame structure, and the project requires the use of at least 3 unrelated building trades or crafts for a single contract.

A residential remodeling contractor may take a prime contract for trades or crafts which may include, but is not limited to, the following: drywall, finish carpentry, flooring, Insulation, painting, plastering, roof repair, siding, tiling. Furthermore, it includes:
A.  Installing, repairing, or replacing electrical fixtures, such as dimmers, fans, lights, outlets, and switches.
B. Installing, repairing, or replacing plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, sinks, toilets, and tubs.
C. Installing, repairing, or replacing mechanical fixtures, such as air filters, air delivery and return grills, and preassembled exhaust fans.
A residential remodeling contractor shall NOT take a contract unless the contract includes three or more unrelated trades or crafts.

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BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE - BPC

DIVISION 3. PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS GENERALLY [5000 - 9998.11]

CHAPTER 9. Contractors [7000 - 7191]

ARTICLE 4. Classifications [7055 - 7059.1]

7057.5. (a) A residential remodeling contractor is a contractor whose principal contracting business is in connection with any project to make improvements to, on, or in an existing residential wood frame structure, and the project requires the use of at least three unrelated building trades or crafts for a single contract.

(b) (1) A residential remodeling contractor may take a prime contract for trades or crafts which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(A) Drywall.
(B) Finish carpentry.
(C) Flooring.
(D) Insulation.
(E) Painting.
(F) Plastering.
(G) Roof repair.
(H) Siding.
(I) Tiling.
(J) Installing, repairing, or replacing electrical fixtures, such as dimmers, fans, lights, outlets, and switches.
(K) Installing, repairing, or replacing plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, sinks, toilets, and tubs.
(L) Installing, repairing, or replacing mechanical fixtures, such as air filters, air delivery and return grills, and preassembled exhaust fans.

(2) A residential remodeling contractor shall not take a contract unless the contract includes three or more unrelated trades or crafts.

(3) Subject to the limit described in paragraph (2), a residential remodeling contractor may self-perform its contract or may subcontract any of the trades or crafts to appropriately licensed subcontractor or subcontractors.

(c) A residential remodeling contractor shall conduct its contracting activity in accordance with the following restrictions:

(1) A residential remodeling contractor shall not contract for a project that includes the following trades or crafts unless the contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed contractor:

(A) C-16 Fire Protection.

(B) C-22 Asbestos Abatement.

(C) C-57 Well Drilling.

(2) A residential remodeling contractor shall not contract to make structural changes to load bearing portions of an existing structure, including, but not limited to, footings, foundations, load bearing walls, partitions, and roof structures.

(3) (A) The residential remodeling contractor shall not contract to install, replace, substantially alter, or extend electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems or their component parts, or the mechanisms or devices that are part of those systems, unless the residential remodeling contractor holds the appropriate license classification or subcontracts with an appropriately licensed contractor.

(B) The residential remodeling contractor may contract to make minor alterations to existing electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems to effectuate the purpose of installing, repairing, or replacing electrical, mechanical and plumbing fixtures, provided that the contract requires the use of at least three unrelated building trades or crafts.

(C) The board may adopt regulations to further define what activity constitutes the minor alterations described in subparagraph (B), and to further define the electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems, or their component parts, or the mechanisms or devices that are part of those systems, that are subject to the restriction described in subparagraph (A).

(d) This contractor classification may be cited as the B-2 Residential Remodeling Contractor.

(Added by Stats. 2020, Ch. 364, Sec. 3. (SB 1189) Effective January 1, 2021.)

B-General Building vs. B-2 Residential Remodeling

What is the difference between B and B2 license classifications?
B-General Building
  • Can build new or improve existing buildings.
  • Can build or work on structural framing elements.
  • Contracts MUST involve either framing or 2 UNRELATED trades.*
  • Can subcontract any of the trades to appropriately licensed contractors.
  • Visit B-General Building Classification page.

*Framing or Rough Carpentry cannot count as unrelated trade.

  • Can remodel existing residential structure.
  • Can work on drywall, finish carpentry, flooring, insulation, painting, plastering, roof repair, siding, and tiling.
  • Contracts MUST include 3 or more unrelated trades or crafts.
  • CANNOT make structural alterations to load-bearing partitions and walls, install or extend electrical or plumbing systems (allowed to make alterations to existing systems only), and CANNOT install or replace HVAC systems.
  • Can subcontract any of the trades to appropriately licensed contractors.
Difference in the experience requirements between B and B2
B-General Building

An applicant applying for B-General Building license must have 4 years of journeyman level experience performing or directly supervising framing or rough carpentry AND two unrelated core trades (e.g., Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, Roofing, Concrete, etc.)

Framing or Rough Carpentry experience is REQUIRED for the B-General Building classification.

Visit B-General Building Classification page.

An applicant applying for the B-2 Residential Remodeling license must have 4 years of journeyman level experience performing or directly supervising at least three (3) unrelated trades pertaining to remodeling. For example, experience with floor installation, painting, cabinet installation, tile, and more.

Framing or Rough Carpentry experience is NOT required for the B2 classification.

How to obtain a
residential remodeling
contractors license?

Before you can apply for your residential remodeling contractors license, you must meet the following experience requirements:

  • 4 years of experience performing/supervising residential remodeling (Class B) work.
  • Social Security number or ITIN
  • Be at least 18 years old*

Don't have 4 years of residential remodeling experience?
A college degree can be substituted for up to three years of that experience.

The State will accept self-employed experience.

In order to obtain your residential remodeling contractors license, you are required to pass the Trade examination as well as the Law & Business exam.


*Even though you can apply for a residential remodeling contractors license when you are 18 years old, it is recommended that you be at least 23 years old due to experience requirement.

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