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Clovis, California, is a city located near Fresno with around 100,000 residents. If you’re planning on building in Clovis, here’s an overview of what you’ll need.
Permits are required if you do any of the following to a structure, house, or building:
You are not required to get a permit for the following:
You can find building permit applications on the Clovis government website. There’s an online Citizen Access Portal for permit-related activity.
To schedule an inspection once you’ve completed everything required, you need to call the City of Clovis or request it online. If you call before 4 p.m., an inspection can be scheduled for the next business day. If there is a need for a re-inspection, a $95 fee is added in addition to the original inspection fee. Reasons for a re-inspection include not being ready for the inspection, the inspector not being able to get to the area that needs inspecting, and not cancelling the inspection by 8:30 a.m.
In California, the state requires all contractors to have valid licenses issued by the Contractors State License Board. To get licensed, you have to have four years of experience with the type of work you are getting your license in, and you need to be able to perform the trade without supervision.
Once you have this experience, you can take the exam to get your license. The exam has two parts: one on standard law and business and one on the particular trade you are applying for.
All general contractors and specialty contractors need liability insurance in California. This insurance protects you in case a client sues you or someone gets hurt on your work site. If you’re unsure of how much insurance you should have covered on your policy, consult your insurance agent. He or she can help guide you on what is required by law.
If you’re looking for specific heavy equipment, such as manlifts or boom lifts, for your next construction job, you can rent this equipment and have it delivered right to your work site. Having exactly the type of equipment you need on site will help the job go more smoothly. You can even rent forklifts and scissor lifts to give you extra help, just in case. Have it there when you need it and gone when you don’t. It’s a great way to fill in the gaps you may have with your equipment.
There’s a lot of red tape in the construction business, but following the rules will help the process go smoothly, pleasing your client and increasing the chances that you’ll have more work in Clovis in the future.